Biography of Frederick A. Chamberlain
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Frederick Arthur Chamberlain. One of the most prominent business men of Richland County is Frederick Arthur Chamberlain, who is vice president and division manager of the Mansfield branch of the Ohio Public Service Company. He was born at Madison, Wis., Dec. 28, 1880, the son of Alvin H. and Victoria Sophronia (Jones) Chamberlain.

Alvin H. Chamberlain was born at Underhill, Vt., in 1846, and his wife was a native of Connecticut, born in 1853. He spent his boyhood on his father's farm in Vermont and at the outbreak of the Civil War enlisted for service, and served with a Wisconsin outfit. He later became a commercial traveler and sold high grade papers and printers' supplies. Mr. Chamberlain also owned and operated a popular summer resort in Wisconsin for a time. He was a Republican, a member of the Congregational Church, and belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Modern Woodmen of America, and Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Chamberlain died in 1901 and his wife died in 1925. Both are buried at Windsor, Wis. She was a life long member of the Presbyterian Church. Two sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain: Frederick Arthur, the subject of this sketch; and Robert Leon, who died in 1925.

Frederick Arthur Chamberlain is the grandson of Orrin and Louise (Benedict) Chamberlain, natives of Vermont and early settlers of Wisconsin. They are buried at Windsor, Wis.

Frederick Arthur Chamberlain attended the public schools of Madison, Wis., and was graduated from high school in 1899. He received the degree of Bachelor of Science at the University of Wisconsin in 1904, where he specialized in the study of electrical engineering, and he then began his professional career with the Madison Gas & Electric Company as junior engineer in the distributing department. In August, 1905, he became identified with the engineering department of the Henry L. Doherty Company, New York City, and two years later went with the American Gas & Electric Company, Philadelphia, as engineer. From 1908 until 1913 he was identified with the Wheeling Electric Company, of Wheeling, W. Va., as distribution engineer and general manager of the power and commercial sales department. From 1913 until 1919 Mr. Chamberlain was connected with the engineering and operating department of the Henry L. Doherty Company, New York City, and in June, 1919, became vice president and general manager of the Richland Public Service Company, of Mansfield. In 1922 the company became known as the Ohio Public Service Company and Mr. Chamberlain has since served as vice president and division manager of the Mansfield branch.

In 1910 Mr. Chamberlain was united in marriage with Miss Carolyn G. Adams, the daughter of Hon. Henry Cullen and Anna B. (Norton) Adams, natives of New York and Wisconsin, respectively. Mr. Adams served as a member of Congress from his district in Wisconsin for several terms and was also food commissioner for that State. Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain have a daughter, Carolyn Adams, born in June, 1915.

Mr. Chamberlain is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and a member of its board of trustees. He has the following lodge affiliations: Mansfield Lodge, F. & A. M. No. 35; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M. No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M. No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T. No. 21; Al Koran Temple; Mystic Club; and Mansfield Shrine Club. He is a charter member of the Rotary Club and served as its first secretary in Mansfield. He is also past director of the Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the executive committee of the Mansfield Community Fund. Politically, Mr. Chamberlain is a Republican.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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