Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Chester Harris Sample Family papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Chester Harris Sample Family papers
Creator: Sample, Chester Harris, 1850-1939.
Inclusive dates: 1808, 1923, and undated
Extent: 2 cubic feet (in 3 boxes, 1 Oversized folder)
Family papers include: biographical materials, correspondence, genealogical materials, photographic materials, indentures, a physician's account book, oversized certificates and diplomas.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

no Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Chester Harris Sample Family papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Chester Harris Sample Family papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Most of the collection is organized by size, then alphabetically and chronologically. Oversized materials are organized by size and then chronologically.



Chester H. Sample was born in Romulus (New York) on Aug. 29, 1850, the son of John T. (May 30, 1827-February 9, 1887) and Sally Ann (Miles) Sample (May 11, 1826-). John and Sally were married on April 12, 1848.

Chester attended the State Normal School in Albany (New York), graduating on January 23, 1872. He then earned a medical degree in 1874 and studied for five months at the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital in 1893. In 1899, Chester earned a medical degree from the University of Detroit. He was certified by the Michigan Board of Registration in Medicine on March 22, 1900. Dr. Sample then worked as a physician in Saginaw, Michigan, at least until 1923.

On October 17, 1899, Chester married Emma E. Thompson, the granddaughter of Judge John Sayre, in Saginaw. Together they had two children: Grace Antinette (October. 27, 1881- ), who by 1906 married a McClure, and John T. Sample (August 21, 1883- ).

Chester had a brother, Montgomery Sample, who was born in Romulus (New York) on August 15, 1857 and died on December 26, 1860.

The Samples were related to the Leeke, Thompson and Sayre families. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes: Biographical Materials, Family and Professional Correspondence, Genealogical Materials; Family Photographic Materials, including photograph albums, tintypes, and daguerreotypes; Sample’s Physician’s Account Book, 1885, 1923; Indentures for property in Seneca County (New York), and oversized Medical and other Certificates and Diplomas. Except for the Indentures, everything else was created by or belonged to Sample.

A large framed painting of Mrs. Chester Sample is in the framed art collection.

Subject Terms

    • Sample, Chester Harris, 1850-1939.
    • Sample family.
    • Leak family.
    • Thompson family.
    • Account books--Michigan--Saginaw.
    • Account books--Michigan--Saginaw County.
    • Genealogy--Michigan--Saginaw.
    • Genealogy--Michigan--Saginaw County.
    • Physicians--Michigan--Saginaw.
    • Physicians--Michigan--Saginaw County.
    • Deeds--New York (State)--Seneca County.
    • Saginaw (Mich.)--History.
    • Saginaw County (Mich.)--History.
    • Saginaw (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Saginaw County (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Chester Harris Sample Family papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, 1899, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Autograph album, 1870-1872
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence, Family, 1846, 1861, 1881
    Box   1 F   4
    Correspondence, Professional, 1902-1905, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Genealogical Materials, 1936, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Indentures (Seneca County, New York), 1808, 1813, 1848
    Box   1 F   7
    Leeke Family, Photograph album, Daguerreotypes (nineteenth century), undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Notebooks from State Normal School (Albany, New York, folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Notebooks from State Normal School (Albany, New York, folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   2 F   1
    Physician's Account Book, 1885, 1923
    Box   2 F   2
    Sample Family, Daguerreotypes of Chester H. Sample with mother and brother, 1853, 1857, 1859-1860
    Box   2 F   3
    Sample Family, Photograph Album (nineteenth century); Daguerreotypes of Montgomery Sample and Mother, 1860, undated
    Box   3 F   1
    Thompson Family, Photograph Album; Judge John Sayre Daguerreotype (nineteenth century), undated
    Box   3 F   2
    Unidentified Family Photographic Materials (nineteenth century), undated
    F   1  
    Oversized folder (contents organized chronologically): Diploma, State of New York, Normal School (Vellum), January 23, 1872; Medical Diploma (vellum), 1874; Certificate to study for 5 months at the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital (Certificate is extremely brittle and acidic), January 18, 1893 Medical Diploma, University of Detroit (vellum), June 14, 1899?; Medical Registration Certificate, Michigan State Board of Registration in Medicine, March 22, 1900, 1872, 1874, 1893, 1899?, 1900