Biography of Will L. Chambers
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Will L. Chambers is among the enterprising business men of Savannah, where he has been well known as a building contractor for almost 30 years. He was born on the John Chambers homestead in Butler Township, Richiand County, July 23, 1877, the son of F. W. and Mary J. (McLaughlin) Chambers.

F. W. Chambers is a prominent citizen of Butler Township. He was born at Shelby, Ohio, the son of James Chambers, who served for many years as station agent for the Big Four Railroad at Shelby. After retiring from his position, the family removed to Ruggles Township, Ashland County. F. W. Chambers became a prosperous farmer of Butler Township and also was interested for a number of years in the breeding of fine horses. The Chambers family later lived in Ruggles Township, and in 1898 removed to Clear Creek Township. They returned to Butler Township in 1911, where Mr. and Mrs. Chambers now reside. She was born in Cass Township, Richland County. Mr. Chambers is a Republican and holds membership in the Methodist Church.

Anthony McLaughlin, maternal great grandfather of Will L. Chambers, came to Richland County from Pennsylvania about 1800. His father had served throughout the Revolutionary War. John Chambers, paternal great-grandfather, served throughout the War of 1812 and came to Ohio in 1818, settling on 160 acres of land in Butler Township, Richland County, which has continued as the Chambers homestead to the present time.

To F. W. and Mary J. (McLaughlin) Chambers were born four children: 1. Will L., the subject of this sketch. 2. Harry, lives in Butler Township. 3. Leola, married Morrell Enzor, lives in Butler Township. 4. Ruth, married Lester Ellis, lives in Cass Township, Richland County.

Will L. Chambers attended the district schools of Butler and Ruggles townships, and attended Savannah Academy. He taught school for three years and in 1902 located at Savannah as a building contractor. He has also specialized in metal work. The Chambers home was built here by Mr. Chambers in 1917, and is of stucco construction. In 1901 Mr. Chambers was united in marriage with Miss Lottie M. Gibson, of Clear Creek Township, the daughter of William and Mary (Leistensnider) Gibson. Mr. Gibson, a native of Ohio, died in 1883, and his wife, who was born near Harrisburg, Pa., died in 1914. Both are buried at Savannah. Mr. and Mrs. Chambers have a son, Ralph Eugene, born June 1, 1905. He is a graduate of Savannah High School and attended Ashland College, and is now associated with the Sun Glow Furniture Company of Mansfield. He married Miss Mabel Spence, of Ashland.

Politically, Mr. Chambers is a Republican, and held the office of mayor of Savannah for six years. He is now a member of the newly organized Federated Church, having held membership for 30 years in the Methodist Church of Savannah.

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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