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
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
Columbiana County, Ohio Biographies
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