Miss Indiana 1933 Mary Frances Lininger - (did not compete)(got married)

Mary Frances Lininger age 19 from Gary was chosen as the Miss Indiana contestant, but soon thereafter met her future husband, 33-year-old attorney Perry Chapin. Instead of going to the Atlantic City pageant, Mary and Perry were married on September 4th; their impending wedding was announced in a September 2 Chicago newspaper, the day the contestants arrived in Atlantic City. It is assumed that Mary died prior to her brother's death in 1975, but little is known of her after her 1933 marriage.


1930 Lininger family census - Gary, IN
1933 autographed newspaper clipping
1930 census: Gary, IN:
John F. Lininger 54 (IN) Salesman in a machine company
Martha A. 51 (IN), Eldon T. 20 (IN)(Parkman in a Theater), Mary F 16 (IN)
(In 1930, Perry Chapin, 30 is residing in Hammond, IN with 26 year old wife Lillian and 5 year old daughter Jean Alice; he is an attorney.)
Mary Frances graduated from Emerson High School in 1932.

9/6/1933 Valparaiso, IN article about Lininger-Chapin marriage
The newspaper articles announcing the sudden marriage do not mention the details of the beauty contest at which Mary was chosen Miss Indiana. In fact, the articles very widely in their descriptions:
-- The Valparaiso paper says she was "recently named Miss Indiana in an Indianapolis contest"
-- while the Gary newspaper reports "she was awarded the title in a Galveston, Tex competition while she was a resident of Gary of few years ago."

Thursday, September 2, 1933, Chicago Sun-Times: The marriage of Miss Mary Frances Lininger, who was recently chosen "Miss Indiana" for 1933 and Perry R. Chapin of Hammond, an attorney, was announced yesterday by their families at Hammond. Attorney Chapin and Miss Lininger, whom he met shortly after she won the beauty title, were in Wynne, Arkansas where Chapin was trying a law suit. He completed the case Tuesday and Chancellor A. L. Hutchins of the Arkansas Supreme Court read the marriage ceremony for the couple.

In 1940 the Chapins are living in Gary, IN with their three year old daughter Jacqueline; Mary's 15-year-old step-daughter Alice does not live with them.

Social Security Death Index: no listing for a Mary Chapin. Unknown if she died young or if she remarried and is listed under another name. She is not mentioned in her brother's 1975 obituary, so it is assumed she died prior to this date. There is no SSDI for Perry Chapin either.

Two Chapin genealogists contacted me in 2012 to let me know that Perry had died in Dallas, TX on 10/27/1956, but had no information on Mary. They both informed me that Perry's first wife was Martha Louise Ives; Martha and Perry were both from Wilkes-Barre,PA and were married in Rutland,VT ~1917 when Perry was 18; they had one daughter Alice born in 1918. Perry Chapin left this wife and daughter by 1920; on the 1920 census Martha and Alice are living in NY with Martha's parents (Martha lists herself as married on this census). In about 1922 Perry Chapin marries a second time: on the 1930 census, attorney Perry Chapin is age 30 and residing in Hammond, IN with 26 year old wife Lillian and 5 year old daughter Jean Alice, and they state they have been married about 8 years. Perry and Lillian are divorced by 1933; Lillian and Jean Alyce are found on the 1940 census in Gary, IN.

In September 1933 Perry marries for the third time to 20-year old Mary Frances Lininger. Perry and Mary had two daughters: Bonnie (who married Bill Teinert who died in 2008 in Kansas) and Jacquie (Jacqueline). In 1940, neither of Perry's first two daughters, 22-year-old Alice or 15-year-old Jean are living with Perry and his third wife. It is possible that Mary Lininger Chapin remarried (before or after Perry's 1956 death) and could be found on the SSDI under that name.

Terry Iden (Bway3@ligtel.com) of Kimmell, IN is the Miss Indiana historian and was very interested to work together to find out more information on Mary Frances Lininger.
Ric Ferentz, Miss America historian, had thought that there were three girls crowned at the University of Illinois -- and this could possibly be IN, IL and IA. To date, no newspaper articles have been found that specify where these three were crowned as State Queens. It is possible that these were confused with state queens who had been part of the Court of Honor contest -- Kentucky and Arkansas were known to have participated in this in Chicago, IL.
Research (research, daughter)
--Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 about Perry R Chapin Name: Perry R Chapin Age: 34 Birth Year: abt 1899 Residence: Hammond, Lake, Indiana Spouse's Name: Mary Frances Lininger Spouse's Age: 20 Spouse's Residence: Hammond, Lake, Indiana Marriage Date: 4 Sep 1933 Marriage License Date: 4 Sep 1933 Marriage County: St Francis Event Type: Marriage FHL Film Number: 2404066