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b. Binghamton, NY
d. abt 1809, IA

SMITH, Catherine
b. Binghamton, NY


res. Waverly, IA




res: Spangle, Wash.

CHAMBERS, Charles F.


Married: 30 Nov 1881

ROSIER, Esther J.


CHILDREN of C. F. & Esther:

CHAMBERS, Charles B.

Married: Sep 1908


Newspaper Clipping Dated 9 September 1886


"DIED - J. O. CHAMBERS, father of Myron and Fremont, died at the Independence asylum Tuesday. The body was brought here for interment, the funeral occurring Wednesday. He was 75."


1880 Census



M 30 Janitor


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28 F Wf.


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8 F Dau




M 18 Asst P'mster


1885 Census


Chas F.


Dept. P.M.


Cedar Street


Ester J.




Chas B.



1895 Census


Fremont C.


Co. Recdr.


Esther J.




Charles B.



Catherine C.




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Charles Fremont Chambers

Return of Marriage to Clerk of Circuit Court

Groom: C. F. Chambers
Residence - West Union; Occupation - Dept Postmaster; Age next Birthday - 23 years; Color - White; Race - American; Born - Lake County, Ill.; Father - J. O. Chambers; Mother's Maiden Name - Catherin Smith
Bride: Esther J. Rosier
Residence - West Union; Age next Birthday - 23 years; Color - white; Race - American; Born - West Union; Father - George Rosier; Mother's Maiden Name - Alice Gibbon
Married at: West Union in the County of Fayette and State of Iowa, the 30th day of November 1882
Witnesses to Marriage: C. B. Rosier and Addie Hazelton


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Ancestry of Judith Rosier Chambers


Charles Chambers

11 March 1914



Democratic Appointment Announced Friday

For Successor to Postmaster C. F. Chambers


The daily papers of Friday announced the appointment of E. A. McIlree to be postmaster at West Union. Generally a few weeks are required for the confirmation of an appointee and the issuing of the commission, and within that time it is expected that Mr. McIlree will succeed Postmaster C. F. Chambers.


The appointment is not a surprise. The patronage referees who have been settling appointments for Iowa - Judge M. J. WADE, State Chairman REED, and the three Democratic congressmen - were understood to have referred all Fourth district appointments to Hon. Tim DONOVAN of New Hampton, and his decision in favor of Mr. McIlree, who is editor of the Union and chairman of the Democratic county committee, was given some time ago, and so understood by

everybody. While the appointment is about the biggest reward for the smallest amount of party service that has come to a Fayette county Democrat, yet Mr. McIlree is capable of making a good postmaster, and has much local support. He will, however, have a hard task ahead of him in equaling Postmaster Chambers' high record of efficiency and courtesy, and no one could surpass it. Criticism should be withheld till the new office force has a chance to become familiar with the duties of the place.


10 January 1940

"CHAMBERS DEATH EARLY WEDNESDAY - Long Time Prominent Officer Passes This Morning, Oelwein Hospital - C. F. Chambers, 78, died in the hospital at Oelwein early this (Wednesday) morning. He had been in the hospital since Dec. 26. He had been in declining health for years, very seriously so about a year ago and at the last cancer of the liver developed.

Mr. Chambers was recorder of Fayette county 1895-1901; postmaster for several years beginning about 1908; county auditor 1915-1923; and again postmaster for about ten years, resigning as auditor to take that office.

Mrs. Chambers died Dec. 14, 1936. Surviving are a son and daughter: C. B. Chambers, president of the First National Bank, Oelwein, and Miss Catharyne Chambers, principal of the Clear Lake high school.
Mr. Chambers came to West Union as a youth or young man from Wisconsin, and spent the rest of his life here. He was clerk in the post office, abstracter, and clothing salesman at intervals between his office holding terms. He also was city clerk and a member of the school board for long periods.
He was a member of the Presbyterian church, and active in all branches of the Masonic fraternity."


Charles B. & Alta (Washburn) Chambers.

9 September 1908


"Charles B. Chambers and Miss Alta WASHBURN were married Wednesday evening at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Washburn of McGregor. The wedding was a quiet affair, attended only by relatives. Those who went from here were Mr. and Mrs. C. F.


 Chambers and Miss Kathryn, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Washburn, and Mrs. H.F. KENNEDY and son. Mr. and Mrs. Chambers left McGregor the same evening for a visit at Kansas City. Returning they will make their home at Oelwein, where Mr. Chambers is assistant cashier of the First National bank. The young people whose fortunes for life are thus happily joined are worthy of every good thing that can be said of them, having the ability and character and social qualities that augur a happy and successful career."



January 1914


"It's Cashier Chambers Now - West Union friends of Charles B. Chambers of Oelwein, son of County Auditor C. F. Chambers, will be glad to learn of the important business recognition he has received. At the annual election of officers of the First National Bank of Oelwein, held last week, Mr. Chambers was advanced from the position of assistant cashier to the cashiership of that bank, which is one of the heaviest financial institutions of Fayette County. The retirement at his own request of T. L. HANSON, president, was followed by the election of Cashier Alfred HANSON as president, and the latter's place was filled by the advancement of Mr. Chambers. "Charlie" is known by his friends to have the ability and the trustworthiness for such a job, and they rejoice that the doors of business opportunity are swinging wide to him."




"Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Chambers . . . mark 50th anniversary . . . - Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Chambers, Oelwein, observed their 50th wedding anniversary at their home at Oelwein Sept. 2. Mr. Chambers is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Chambers, West Union, and has been connected with First National Bank at Oelwein for 50 years. He was president of the bank for over 30 years, retiring two years ago, and since then has been chairman of the board of directors.


Mrs. Chambers is the former Alta WASHBURN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Washburn, McGregor. Their marriage took place in the home of the bride's parents with Rev. H. WILLIAMS, pastor of the Methodist church at McGregor officiating.


Mr. Chambers has one sister, Miss Catheryne Chambers, Clear Lake, and Mrs. Chambers has a brother, Herb Washburn, Savanah, Ill., and a sister, Mrs. O. W. TAYLOR, Tucson, Ariz.


The Chambers spent Labor day visiting their sister-in-law, Mrs. Ethel Washburn, at McGregor."


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