Clarence Augustus Chapin was a machinist, and a man of modest means. His wife was Hettie Haag, daughter of
Benneville K. Haag, a wealthy and prosperous merchant in Milton, and builder of the Hotel Haag at 29-31 South Front Street. We can assume it was money from her family that built this magnificent home, called The Ivies. Clarence lived here with his wife Hettie and children Sarah, Ruth, Benneville, and Dorothy in 1910.