Biography of Robert Chambers
Columbiana County, OH Biographies





Robert Chambers is among East Liverpool's prosperous and successful young business men. He was born in this city, Feb. 7, 1900, and is the son of Frank B. and Nettle E. (Thompson) Chambers.

Frank B. Chambers, a leading merchant of Columbiana County, is the son of Richard L. and Mary E. (Clear) Chambers. Richard L. Chambers, deceased, was born in Halifax, England, Jan. 24, 1832. He was a carpenter and joiner and during the Crimean War was employed in the government arsenal at Woolwich. In 1858 he came to America and became a partner of his brother, Joseph, who had been conducting a general store at Knoxville, Ohio, for many years. When the Civil War began he enlisted in Company D, 98th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served three years. He was captured at Perryville, Ky., and paroled at Columbus, Ohio. Returing to Knoxville after the war he continued the business alone until his death, Sept. 26, 1881. He was married in 1860 to Mary E. Clear, who was born at Knoxville, Ohio, July 4, 1842. Their family consisted of six children: Elmer E.; Frank B., father of the subject of this sketch; Charles S.; Frederick W.; Rev. Hubert C.; and Richard L. E.

Frank B. Chambers was born at Knoxville, Ohio. He engaged in the general mercantile business there until 1887, at which time he removed to East Liverpool and with his brother, Elmer, established a dry goods business, known as Chambers Brothers. In 1893 a new organization was formed, the Chambers Company, with Frank B. Chambers as manager. It is one of the thriving and dependable business institutions of the city, and has a large patronage.

Robert Chambers spent his boyhood in this city, attended the publie schools, and at an early age became interested in the automobile industry. In 1920 he became local agent for the Oldsmobile car and the following year took the agency for the Oakland automobile. Since December, 1924, Mr. Chambers has been associated in business with Rolston A. Plate and their business, which is located at 472 Mulberry Street, is known as Oakland Sales Service.

In 1918 Mr. Chambers was united in marriage with Miss Grayce Evans, of East Liverpool, the daughter of John and Emma Evans. They have a daughter, Alma Jane.

Mr. Chambers is a member of the United Presbyterian Church and Loyal Order of Moose. He is a Republican.

From:
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926


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