William Chambers, agent for the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad company, was born in Muscatine county,
Iowa, October 22, 1858. His parents, James and Margaret (Laughlin) Chambers, were born in Scotland. The subject of this sketch, when quite young, went to Philadelphia and remained until 1865, then returned to Muscatine county. In 1868 he came with his parents to Adair, where they kept boarding house for the men employed upon the railroad. In 1869 his parents came to Anita and here he received his education in the pioneer schools. He was first employed by the railroad company when a mere boy, to pump water, and was afterward sent to Council Bluffs, where he was employed at the same business. January 12, 1880, he was appointed station agent for the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad at Exira, where he remained until the 4th of July, 1882. He was then transferred to Wiota, and on July 21, 1884, he received the appointment of the Anita office. Mr. Chambers was married October 31, 1881, to Laura Pearson, a daughter of L. D. Pearson, of Benton township, Cass county. They have one child - Harry. Mr. Chambers is a Royal Arch Mason and a member of Ophir lodge, No. 84. He is a young man who holds a responsible position, of which he may well be proud, due as it is to his own industry and energy.
Contributed by Cheryl Siebrass from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 704-705.