When John Chapman started delivering the Deseret News nearly 14 1/2 years ago it probably never occurred to him the tradition would continue down through his four younger brothers and sisters.
John began delivering with his younger sister, Jane, when he was 12 1/2 years old. When he entered high school and started another job, she took over the full route, said Barbara Champan, mother of five carriers.When Jane entered high school she also passed it down to younger brother Brian. Mrs. Champman said the route was then passed onto a neighbor for about one year because her two youngest children were not yet old enough to be carriers.
"At first my husband did not want them to do it (deliver newspapers) because he had heard only bad things about collecting and stuff," Mrs. Champan said. "But the people on this route have been really nice and terrific to the kids."
Christine and David were the last Chapmans to deliver the newspaper. And a couple of weeks ago the youngest Champan, 15-year-old David, handed the route over to a neighbor, Derek Spencer, after delivering for about five years.
"When I was 7 or 8 years old, I used to deliver one newspaper sometimes," David said. "I thought I was pretty neat because I was doing what my older brother was doing."
Mrs. Chapman said the children were allowed to spend the money they earned on themselves but saved most of it for college. David said he bought camping equipment but has also managed to save about $3,000.