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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Francisco A. Chapa, 1821-2011

Rivas Family 1885-1979

Frank L. Chapa 1906-1985

Laborde Family

Isabel and Beatrice Chapa

Assorted Family

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Francisco A. Chapa Family Papers, 1821-2011



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Chapa, Francisco A. Family
Title: Francisco A. Chapa Family Papers
Dates: 1821-2011
Creator Abstract: The Francisco A. Chapa family included Francisco A. Chapa, founder of Chapa Drug Company and La Botica del Lion (the Lion Drugstore); Adelaida Rivas Chapa, of the Rivas family, wife of Francisco A. Chapa; Frank L. Chapa, son of Francisco and Adelaida Chapa; Blanche Laborde, of the Laborde family, wife of Frank L. Chapa; Isabel and Beatrice Chapa, daughters of Francisco and Adelaida Chapa.
Content Abstract: The Francisco A. Chapa Family Papers consist of correspondence, drug store records, legal documents, military records, clippings, photographs, and assorted materials.
Identification: MS 405
Extent: 7 linear feet (7 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish .
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

The Francisco A. Chapa family included Francisco A. Chapa, founder of Chapa Drug Company and La Botica del Lion (the Lion Drugstore); Adelaida Rivas Chapa, of the Rivas family, wife of Francisco A. Chapa; Frank L. Chapa, son of Francisco and Adelaida Chapa; Blanche Laborde, of the Laborde family, wife of Frank L. Chapa; Isabel and Beatrice Chapa, daughters of Francisco and Adelaida Chapa.

Francisco A. Chapa (1870-1924), was born in Matamoras, Tamaulipas in 1870. He emigrated to New Orleans to study pharmacy at Tulane University and moved to San Antonio in 1890. In 1894, Chapa founded the Chapa Drug Company and opened La Botica del Leon (the Lion Drugstore), later known as Chapa Drug Store. From 1888-1906, Francisco A. Chapa served as a member of the San Antonio Board of Education, and in 1913, he was elected alderman to San Antonio's third ward. Chapa was a staunch supporter of Mexican dictator, Porfirio Diaz and an opponent of the Mexican Revolution. Chapa attempted to facilitate General Bernardo Reyes' grab for political power in Mexico after the resignation of Presidente Diaz. Serving as lieutenant colonel on the personal staff of Texas Governor Oscar B. Colquitt, Chapa arranged meetings between Reyes and the governor to ensure the Texas Rangers would not thwart Reyes' revolutionary activities. For his role in the "Reyes Conspiracy," Francisco A. Chapa along with others was accused of violating federal neutrality laws and was found guilty by a jury. Colquitt arranged a pardon for Chapa from President Howard Taft. Chapa went on to serve on the personal staffs of two other Texas governors. In 1923 and 1924, Francisco A. Chapa played a pivotal role in securing arms and ammunition from the United States government for President Obregon of Mexico as the Mexican government fought revolutionaries based on the border between the United States and Mexico.

Adelaida Rivas Chapa (1875-1938), of the Rivas Family, wed Francisco A. Chapa in 1894. Adelaida Rivas was a direct descendent of the original Canary Islanders that settled in San Antonio. Her family home, Rivas House at the corner of Laredo and Houston Streets, one of the few structures in the city remaining from the Mexican period, was destroyed for urban renewal in 1971. Adelaida's father, Antonio Rivas served as fire captain and was one of the founders of the Club Mexicano-Texano.

Frank L. Chapa (1897-1985), son of Francisco and Adelaida Chapa, was born in San Antonio, Texas on September 23, 1897. Chapa enjoyed a long career in the United States military. He entered military service in 1917 and his commissions and appointments included second lieutenant in the Texas National Guard, first lieutenant of the Central Cavalry Officers Training Camp in Leon Springs, and adjutant of the Fifty-sixth Calvalry Brigade of the Texas National Guard. During the Second World War, Chapa served as chief intelligence officer for the Southern Defense Command. After leaving military service, Frank L. Chapa took over management of Chapa's Drug Store and obtained his pharmaceutical certification in 1930. Chapa ran the Drug Store, located at West Commerce and Santa Rosa Streets in San Antonio, until 1970 when the store was demolished to accomodate urban renewal. Frank L. Chapa was a one of the founders of the Texas Cavaliers, a San Antonio social club that developed into a charitable organization.

Blanche Laborde of the Laborde family eloped with and married Frank L. Chapa in 1915. Blanche's father, Francois Laborde built the palatial Laborde House in Rio Grande City, Texas which was transformed into a popular hotel. The successful businessman committed suicide for unknown reasons in 1917 at the age of 50.

Isabel and Beatrice Chapa, were the daughters of Francisco and Adelaida Chapa. Isabel "Bella" Chapa (1896-1993) was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1896. She attended Main Avenue High School and was an alumae of Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Isabel was a lifelong member of the San Antonio Conservation Society and had a reputation as a "gracious hostess." Beatrice "Bea" Chapa (1902-1993) was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1902. Like her sister, Beatrice attended Main Avenue High School. She was a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and a lifelong member of the San Antonio Conservation Society. The sisters never married.

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Scope and Content Note

The Francisco A. Chapa Family Papers consists of clippings, correspondence, drug store records, legal documents, military records, photographs, and assorted materials. Many of the legal documents included in the collection pertain to properties owned by the Chapa family in San Antonio, much of which succumbed to urban renewal. The collection is arranged into six series: Francisco A. Chapa, The Rivas Family, Frank L. Chapa, The Laborde Family, Isabel Chapa and Beatrice Chapa, and Assorted Family.

The Francisco A. Chapa series contains correspondence, drug store records, legal documents, clippings, photographs, politics, and assorted materials.

The Rivas Family series contains correspondence, legal documents, photographs, and assorted materials.

The Frank L. Chapa series contains correspondence, military records, clippings, photographs, writings, and assorted materials.

The Laborde Family series contains correspondence, legal documents, clippings, photographs, and assorted materials.

The Isabel and Beatrice Chapa series contains correspondence, clippings, photographs, and assorted materials.

The Assorted Family series contains legal documents, clippings, photographs, and assorted materials.

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Organization of Collection

Francisco A. Chapa
Rivas Family
Frank L. Chapa
Laborde Family
Isabel and Beatrice Chapa
Assorted Family

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Chapa, Adelaida Rivas 1875-1938.
Chapa, Beatrice 1902-1993.
Chapa, Blanche Laborde.
Chapa, Francisco, A. 1870-1924.
Chapa, Frank L. 1897-1985.
Chapa, Isabel 1896-1993.
Laborde, Francois 1867-1917.
Rivas, Antonio.
Organizations
Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
San Antonio Board of Education.
San Antonio Conservation Society.
Texas Cavaliers.
United States. Military.
Subjects
Business--Texas--San Antonio.
Family--Texas--San Antonio.
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Texas--San Antonio.
Mexican Americans--Texas--San Antonio.
Women--Texas--San Antonio--Societies and clubs--History.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Clubs. San Antonio (Tex.)--Social life and customs--20th century.
Texas--Politics and government.
Genres/Formats
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Ephemera.
Land Titles.
Postcards.
Photographs.
Wills.
Yearbooks.
Local Subjects
Family Collections
Politics/Politicians
Military
San Antonio History
Women

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Related Material

There are no known other archival collections created by the Francisco A. Chapa family at the date of accessioning.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item],Francisco A. Chapa Family Papers, MS 405, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Materials were donated by Kathleen McGonagle in February 2013 (Acc. 2013-010) and April 2013 (Acc. 2013-025).

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Gohlke, Library Assistant, May 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Francisco A. Chapa, 1821-2011

Series includes records of Francisco A. Chapa pertaining to his drug company and Chapa Drug Store. Legal documents in the series include wills, land titles and property deeds, citizenship papers, and assorted legal records. Correspondence in the series illustrates Chapa's role in support of Mexico's Obregon government. Photographs chronicle Chapa's position on the staff of three governors as well as his participation in San Antonio social events. Materials are arranged in seven subseries: Correspondence, Drug Store records, Legal Documents, Clippings, Photographs, Politics, and Assorted Materials.
Correspondence
Box
1 Letter in Spanish, 1870
1896
Mrs. F.A. Chapa, 1896-1897
Assorted, 1902-1922
Retirement from the Board of Education, 1907
Red Cross committee appointment with article, 1911
Isabel Chapa, 1914
Telegrams, 1918-1920 and undated
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F.A. Chapa's role in support of the Obregon Mexican government, 1923-1924
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Chapa Award, 1939
Drug Store Records
Photographs, 1892-1949 and undated
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Ledger, 1929
Drug and Candy Company accounting, 1924-1931
Newclippings, 1897-1908, 1970-2008
Tax stamp, check, Rx pad, 1946 and undated
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Leather-bound promotional notepad, undated
Correspondence, undated
Stationary tablet, undated
History compiled by Lois Graves, undated
Legal Documents
Spanish document and transcript, funeral announcement, 1821, 1877
Wills and deeds, 1833-1878
Property deeds, 1840-1890
Wills of Francisco, Eduardo, and Antonio Rivas, 1867-1907
Property bill of sale from John Twohig, 1884
Citizenship papers, 1889-1899
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Marriage certificate, 1894
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Warranty deed from Alfredo Flores to F.A. Chapa, 1901
Louis Dreiss sale of interest in Lion Drug Store, 1903
Sherriff's deed for two lots on Cassiano Street, 1906
Rives accusation, 1907
Houston Street property, 1907, 1925
Life insurance policies, 1908-1923
Letter regarding title to property on North Pecos Street, 1909
Purchase of El Imparcialde Texas newspaper, 1910
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Tax receipts, 1910-1911
Rental agreement, 1911
Pecos Street property papers, 1911-1921
Stocks and bonds, 1914-1925
Sale of Guadalupano Medicine Company, 1916
Affidavit, 1916
Transfer of Guadalupano Medicine Company, 1916
Release of property by Fred Cook to F.A. Chapa, 1916
Court summons, 1918
Delinquent taxes, 1920-1922
Adelaida Chapa passport, 1920
Balance sheets with letter from the Treasury Department, 1921-1926
Alamo Country Club membership, 1922
Certificate regarding the estate of F.A. Chapa, deceased, 1924
Verbal will, contract on F.A. Chapa properties, 1926
Promissory note, 1930
Deed of sale for property in Matamoras, Mexico, 1930-1933
Inventory of property, 1933
General warranty deed for Houston Street property, 1943
Partition agreement and warranty deed for Houston Street property, 1943
EDNA oil and development company notice of special meeting for stockholders, 1953
Informational statement on Rosa Verde project, 1966
Notice of hearing option contract, 1969
Chapa and Bristow parnership agreement, undated
Property valuations, undated
Property maps, undated
Clippings
Assorted, 1907-2006 and undated
Family history, 1998, 2011
Taft's visit to San Antonio, undated
Box
2 Photographs
Assorted, 1873-1916
Wedding portraits, 1895
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Battle of Flowers parade, 1899-1915 and undated
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Governor Colquitt visit, 1911
Exposition International in San Antonio, 1912
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With the governor's party on yachts, 1914
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Grave in San Fernando cemetery, 1924
Family members, undated
House at 315 North Pecos, undated
Turkey Trot in Cuero, Texas, undated
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President Harding and others, undated
F.A. Chapa framed, undated
Box
OM1 Unidentified men at dinner, undated
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Turkey Trot in Cuero, Texas, undated
Photograph album, undated
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Military Commander, "To my faithful aide and loyal friend," undated 1924
Box
2 Politics
President Roosevelt visit, 1905, 2011
Alderman election, 1907
Assorted Materials
Event invitations, programs, 1902-1920
Receipts, 1905-1922
Undertaker's bill, funeral expenses, 1924
Funeral oration and flag, in memoriam booklets, 1924-1925
Victory Liberty Loan brochures from World War II, 1940s
Article, notes, 1946 and undated
"The Reyes Conspiracy," in Southwest Historical Quaterly, 1980
Box
OM1 Waltz composed for Adelaida Chapa, undated
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Rivas Family 1885-1979

The Rivas Family series (1885-1979) is arranged in four subseries: Correspondence, Legal Documents, Photographs, and Assorted Materials.
Box
2 Correspondence
1885
Card from Edward Rivas, 1885
Improvement letter no. 1, 1908
Legal Documents
Baptismal certificate (photo reproduction), 1832
Property documents, 1850-1892
Appointments to the fire department by the City of San Antonio, 1874-1890
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Francisco Navarro Sanchez will, 1888
Antonio Perez de Jeffery will, 1889
Insurance policy, 1895
Insurance papers, 1895-1897
Rivas House historical designation, 1962-1971
Photographs
Rivas, Quintana, Flores families, 1878-1922
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Adelaida Rivas, 1888
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Rivas and Quintana family members, 1870s-1890s and undated
Adelaida Rivas and friend and classmates, 1888 and undated
Adelaida Rivas Chapa, undated
Box
OM1 Antonio Rivas grave site, undated
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Box
2 Assorted Materials
Catecismo, prayer book, 1852-1853
Receipts, 1878-1894 and undated
Reception invitation, dedication card, 1879, 1912
Rivas House correspondence, articles, newsclippings, 1962-1979
Home altar at the Alamo, undated
Genealogy, undated
"Remember the Rivas House" bumper stickers protesting the destruction of the Rivas House, undated
Box
OM1 Family Tree, undated

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Frank L. Chapa 1906-1985

The Frank L. Chapa series (1906-1985) is arranged in six subseries: Correspondence, Military Records, Clippings, Photographs, Writings, and Assorted Materials.
Box
4 Correspondence
Postcard, 1906
Telegrams, 1917-1936 and undated
Assorted, 1936-1963
Military Records
Orders, 1918-1929
Dates of service, 1918-1952
Ephemera, 1920 and undated
Orders and promotions, 1924-1942
Warrant of authority and descriptive list, 1932
Correspondence, 1941-1945
Property slips, 1944-1945
Assorted, 1944-1945
Identification card, club and mess card, 1944-1946
"201 file," 1945-1946
Promotions, medals, 1945-1946
Orders, 1945-1948
Record of accrued leave, 1946
Correspondence regarding compensation, 1946-1957
Medical data records, 1945
Honorable discharge, 1952
U.S. Army Air Force photographs of Frank L. Chapa, undated
Certificate for patriotic service, undated
War ration books, undated
Clippings, 1930s-1980s
Photographs
Young Frank and other family members, 1906 and undated
Frank L. Chapa in the military, 1918-1935 and undated
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Frank L. Chapa, circa 1920s-1930s
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"Miss United States Army" with illustration and clippings, 1941
Box
OM2 Ft. Sam Houston Sixth Special Class, 1942
Box
4 Military, 1951 and undated
Frank L. Chapa, 1967 and undated
Frank in athletics, undated
General Pancho Villa, undated
Assorted, undated
Writings
Diary, 1945
Speeches at the Alamo, undated
Assorted Materials
Railway passes, 1938-1940
Maps, 1951 and undated
"The Birth of a City," by Cabot, 1972 and undated
Obituary and in memoriam cards, 1985
Illustration, undated

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Laborde Family

The Laborde Family series (1896-1992) is arranged in five subseries: Correspondence, Legal Documents, Clippings, Photographs, and Assorted Materials.
Box
3 Correspondence
Eva Laborde to Blanche Laborde and Marie Chapa, 1914-1916
Legal Documents
Ernest Marks, father of Eva Marks Laborde, citizenship certificate, 1856
Marriage record, 1896
Francois Laborde last will and testament, 1906
Francois Laborde death certificate (copies), 1917
Inventory and appraisment of the estate of Francoise Laborde (copy), 1917
Cemetery burial records, 1917-1982
Mineral rights, lease, 1937
Title opinion (copy), 1938
Clippings
Rio Grande Herlad with Francois Laborde obituary, 1917
Eva Laborde obituary, 1959
Laborde Hotel, 1961-1986 and undated
Ernestine Laborde Rispoli, undated
Photographs
Laborde children, Blanche, Frank, Leonard, Lionel, and Ernestine, early 1900s, 1944-1945 and undated
Francois and Eva Mark Laborde, undated
Laborde Hotel, Marie Chapa, undated
Laborde residence, hotel, undated
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Blanche Laborde and other family members, undated
Assorted, undated
Box
OM2 Photograph album, undated
Box
3 Assorted Materials
Blanch Laborde autograph book, 1913
Incarnate Word handbook, 1914-1915
Blanch Laborde's elopement telegram and announcement, 1915
Box
OM3 Blanche Laborde bridal hair wreath, 1915
Blanche Laborde, The Girl Graduate: her own book," 1914
Box
3 New York Word's Fair souvenirs, 1939
In memoriam cards, 1960-1964
A Guide to Historic Texas Inns and Hotels by Ann Ruff, 1982
Women Trend-Setters of Starr County by Esther P. Gonzalez and Benilde S. Villareal, 1992
Starr County Historical Society field trip road log and historical notes, undated

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Isabel and Beatrice Chapa

The Isabel and Beatrice Chapa series (1894-1993) is arranged in four subseries: Correspondence, Clippings, Photographs, and Assorted Materials.
Box
4 Correspondence
Isabel Chapa, 1914-1923
Clippings
Chapa Drug Store, 1968-1971 and undated
Assorted, 1970-1972
Obituaries, 1993
Photographs
Elvira Pizzini Guerra with letter, 1894-1985
Christmas cookies for article, 1954
Bea, Bella, and Ernestine Laborde Rispoli, 1954
Beatrice Chapa, undated
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Beatrice portrait in metal frame, undated
Isabel, Beatrice, and Frank, undated
Family and others, undated
Photo postcards, undated
Bella portraits, undated
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Isabel portrait in metal frame, undated
Sweet Briar College photo postcards, undated
Bella, Bea with Cordelia Fiske Gorner, Sara Pizzini de los Santos and unidentified woman, undated
Box
OM1 Photograph album, undated
Box
4 Assorted Materials
Box
OM3 Beatrice Chapa, The Girl Graduate: her own book," circa 1920s
Box
4 Graduation announcement for Beatrice, undated

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Assorted Family

The Assorted Family series (1896-1992) is arranged in four subseries: Legal Documents, Clippings, Photographs, and Assorted Materials.
Box
3 Legal Documents
Victoria G. de Garcia last will and testament, 1913
Clippings
The Pontanezen Duckboard, 1919
Obituary, 1959
Buildings, undated
Photographs
Assorted, 1892-1914 and undated
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Fiesta princess, undated
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Framed portraits, undated
Box
OM1 Wedding, undated
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3 Assorted Materials
Postcards, 1906 and undated
Pennsylvania railroad pass, 1928
Grand Opera Festival program, 1945
Canary Islanders historic marker dedication, 1971
San Antonio tour guides, 1975 and undated

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