1824 - 1898
Kissimmee Valley Gazette April 22,
1898 Page 1
In the death of S. M. Chandler of Bassinger, reported by our Fort Drum correspondent, the Kissimmee Valley loses one of its most picturesque figures, earliest settlers and best known citizens. The deceased was an old man and had been suffering for months from a carbuncle which had weakened his vitality.
Originally from New Orleans he came to this section about 30 years ago and used run a team to and fro between Tampa and the neighboring settlements. About 10 years ago he moved from Pine Level into Bassinger where he made his home.
He was appointed a county commissioner on one of the first boards after the formation of the county. For some years he ran a store at Bassinger and was kindly and liberal in his treatment of his customers, who will miss his helping hand sadly.
He was the head of a large family. Among the surviving members are his sons
Willis Chandler, William Chandler, Allen Chandler, Charles Chandler, and
daughters Mrs. Wm. Underhill, Mrs. Pierce, Mrs. Peter Raulerson, and Mrs.
Paul Gibson, to whom is extended the sympathy of the county.