"FROG & SCRATCHER"
and the very colorful
These two brothers Walter and Harold Chapman, of East Moriches NY and their sons Jacque & Curtis aka "Nicky" have appeared on this site before, Over the years I have continued to gather more articles and photos about them. I have had a lot of help too, from grandsons George Chapman of Sydney Australia and most recently Bob Oftedal, who lives in Georgia. I have mentioned on earlier pages linked below here, that I often hung out as a teen ager in the early 60's at Nick Chapman's outboard shop at Captain Andy's fishing station in Mastic Beach, There was usually always some excitement going on.....but I can only imagine how exciting it had to be hanging around with Frog and Scratcher, be it on land, sea or air.
Walter "Frog" Chapman 1891 - 1968 and his kid brother Harold "Scratcher" Chapman 1898 - 1968, were true living legends in the Moriches area. They were seven years apart in age and died with seven months of each other. What amazes me as I look through my newspaper clippings of their early exploits, that they ever lived long enough to even raise families!
This is the earliest photo of a very confident and relaxed teenager Walter "Frog" Chapman (front right) known to exist.
It's circa 1907. The mysterious logo on their shirts and basketball ? looks to be an E & M ... East Moriches School.
SCRATCHER IN 1910
Most likely thinking "If I Only Had A Motor" For This Thing
MOTORCYCLE RACES AT THE COUNTY FAIR
ALL INDIAN LINEUP ... Not a Harley In Sight
"Born To Be Lyle" ....That's Frog,2nd From Left, Sporting Lyle Lovett Hair....
Four Years Later Frog, May Of Been Wishing He Was On Scratcher's Bike This Day
SHE KISSED A FROG ! MORE THAN ONCE !!
That is the very attractive. Miss Anna Weidmer front right and her East Moriches School Basketball Team.
She is the newlywed Mrs. Chapman mentioned in the 1914 article above this pic.
"Scratcher" Ready To Start A New Winter Olympic Sport In 1916
ZEST? AS DEFINED BY FROG
70 MILES AN HOUR, END OVER END, INTO A TREE
& KNOCKING THE SPECTATORS OUT OF IT
SEPT 1920 : I SEE A NEW CAR COMING INTO YOUR LIFE !
& One Hanging On Frog's Rear End
"VICTORY LANE "
THE OVERLAND WITH FROG AT THE WHEEL & HIS RIDING PAL - MECHANIC MARK OSBORN
THREE LAPS ON THREE WHEELS ..... THAT'S ALL FROG NEEDED
SCRATCHER & FRIEND READY FOR RIVERHEAD
No not Riverhead Raceway, as it was still 30 years away from being built, but the big half mile dirt horse track at Riverhead Fairgrounds
where man and machine can really stretch their legs. Notice all the neat safety equipment, helmets roll cage etc., that they don't have.....
THE ORIGINAL CHAPMAN GARAGE IN 1913
That Is Anna & Frog In The Center
Your Friendly Overland Dealer
THE NEW CHAPMAN'S GARAGE
Where Race Cars & Regular Cars Were Worked On For Decades.
Building still stands on Montauk Hwy.
CAN WE HELP YOU ?
Left to Right : Frog Chapman, Dan Kane and "Aero" , unknown, Willie Turso, Red Raynor, and kneeling is
Frog's brother in law? Fritz Weidmer .
HE REPEATED THE WIN AROUND MANHATTAN ISLE AGAIN THE NEXT YEAR
THIS TIME HE STAYED IN THE BOAT, BUT THE STEERING WHEEL BROKE OFF
HAROLD & BIG BEN CIRCA 1930
GASSING UP THE WACO IN 1929
That's young Jacque Chapman on the fuel truck & Willie Turso in the pilots cap
FROG AT A BROOKHAVEN AIRFIELD IN OCTOBER 1931
THE SAME DAY JACQUE , HIS 11 YEAR OLD SON, FLEW INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS AT ANOTHER FIELD
AS HIS MOTHER WATCHED HIM.
Jacque, His Mom & Sister Yvonne A Few Years Before He Soloed Circa 1928
THE CURTIS - ROBIN AT FROGS FLYING FIELD CIRCA 1940
Harold named one of his sons Curtis "aka Nick" most likely for aviation pioneer & motorcycle racer Glenn Curtis
Veteran pilot Dan Kolaski recalls seeing this very plane minus it wings at Frog's in the 1960's
1940 AD THEY ALSO SOLD NEW CHRYSLERS IN THE '50's
It was minutes from Mastic IF you drove like Frog or Scratcher
BIG TROUBLES IN MARCH 1947
FROG READY TO TAKE SOME FOLKS UP SIGHTSEEING IN 1950
FOR MANY, MANY YEARS HAROLD WAS AFFILIATED WITH
CAMP PAQUATUCK ON KAHLERS MILL POND
IN 1988 CURTIS "NICKY" CHAPMAN, GATHERED MOST OF THE CHAPMAN FAMILY AT A MANSION IN PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
AS HE GOT MARRIED FOR ONE LAST LAST TIME.
SONS OF SCRATCHER & FROG
NICKY & JACQUE 1988
Life Of The Party Nicky (1925 - 1996 ) Moved To Hawaii And Lived Out His Days There
Most Likely Still Having Fun. As of this writing in March of 2010, Jacque Chapman Last I Knew Is Still Alive and Well In His 90's & Living In Connecticut
HOW IT LOOKS TODAY AT 532 MONTAUK HWY, EAST MORICHES NY
FROGS FLIERS 1920's
A Special Tip Of The Wings To Frog's Grandson
Bob "ROBIN" Oftedal