Biography of Richard L. E. Chambers
Columbiana County, OH

Richard L. E. Chambers, vice president of the Commercial Decalcomania Company of East Liverpool, is one of the prominent and influential business men of Columbiana County. He was born at Knoxville, Ohio, May 8, 1879, and is the son of Richard and Mary E. (Clear) Chambers.

Richard 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, England. In 1858 he came to America and became a partner with his brother, Joseph, who conducted a general store and was an extensive wool buyer at Knoxville, Ohio, Jefferson County. When the Civil War broke out, Richard Chambers enlisted in Company D, 98th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served three years. He was captured at Perryville, Ky., and parolled at Columbus, Ohio. Later he was exchanged and then rejoined his regiment in the field and served until the end of the war. Returning to Knoxville he continued in business alone until his death, Sept. 26, 1881. After his death the widow conducted the store for several years, when her son, Frank, succeeded her. In 1887 Frank and Elmer formed a partnership under the firm name of Chambers Brothers, and moved to the east end, East Liverpool. Mrs. Chambers died Nov. 19, 1910, and with her husband is buried at Knoxville, Ohio. They were the parents of the following children: Elmer E., lives at East Liverpool; Frank B., lives at East Liverpool; Charles S., lives at Miami and Tampa, Fla.; Frederick W., lives in New York City; Huber Clear, lives in Sheikhupura, Punjab, India; and Richard L. E., the subject of this sketch.

The maternal grandparents of Richard L. E. Chambers were Thomas and Sarah (Pontius) Clear, natives of Uniontown, Pa. The latter was the daughter of George Pontius.

Richard L. E. Chambers attended the public and high schools of East Liverpool and at an early age entered the employ of C. C. Thompson Pottery Company of East Liverpool as a warehouseman. In 1897 he became connected with the First National Bank of East Liverpool and served with them for 10 years, resigning in 1907 as a paying teller. He then entered the employ of C. A. Smith of Chester, W. Va., as auditor and accountant, and in 1909 was elected city auditor for a term of two years, beginning Jan. 1, 1910. In 1911 he was reelected city auditor for a term of two years, beginning Jan. 1, 1912. He resigned from this office on May 1, 1912, to become western representative of Rudolf Gaertner, New York, Importer and Manufacturer of Decalcomania. He is now vice president of the Commercial Decalcomania Company, of Mt. Vernon, N. Y.

On Sept. 20, 1911, Mr. Chambers was united in marriage with Miss Jennie Agnew, of Beaver Falls, Pa., who died March 30, 1914. She is buried in Riverview Cemetery.

During Mr. Chambers' term as city auditor he was responsible for the establishment of a Depository Commission. Until his term the funds of the city had been deposited in local banks on which no interest was paid. The Depository Commission was authorized to advertise for bids for the custody of the city funds and resulted in the banks paying 2 per cent on monthly balances. This arrangement is still in force and brings in approximately $5,000.00 a year. Mr. Chambers was the first city auditor to itemize and tabulate receipts and expenditures of the funds of the city and publish them in booklet form for general distribution.

Mr. Chambers is a Republican, a member of the Second United Presbyterian Church, and belongs to I. O. O. F. Pennova Lodge No. 880, General Garfield Camp No. 3, S. V. U. S. A., B. P. O. E. No. 258, past exalted ruler, past secretary and past treasurer. He is identified with the East Liverpool Country Club as secretary and treasurer and is a director of the Riverview Cemetery Association. Mr. Chambers is a representative citizen of Columbiana County and is widely and favorably known.

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

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