ALBERT D. CHAMBERLIN.
Albert D. Chamberlin is now living retired at Douglas. He came to Converse county before the town was laid out and through the intervening period has been closely associated with the development and conduct of several of its important business interests–interests which have contributed in substantial measure to the upbuilding of the district. At the present time he is enjoying a rest which he has truly earned and richly deserves, for his success in former years now supplies him with all of the comforts and some of the luxuries of life.
Massachusetts claims Mr. Chamberlin as a native son. He was born in Dalton on the 25th of June, 1841, a son of Albert S. and Martha (Mitchell) Chamberlin. The father was a paper manufacturer, conducting business along that line for many years. He reached the advanced age of eighty-four, as did his wife, and they reared a family of two sons and one daughter.
Albert D. Chamberlin, after mastering the branches of learning taught in the elementary grades of the public schools, continued his studies in the Hinsdale Academy of Massachusetts, the same school from which Senator F. E. Warren was graduated. He also attended a Methodist school located at Jonesville, New York. When his textbooks were put aside Albert D. Chamberlin began work in his father's paper mill and was thus employed until after the outbreak of the Civil war, when he became a sailor, joining the navy. He served for about one year and was honorably discharged in 1865. While in the service he was engaged in looking for blockade runners along the coast.
After leaving the navy Mr. Chamberlin returned home and embarked in business on his own account in the manufacture of paper, operating a mill from 1869 until 1881 and conducting a profitable and growing business. He then removed to the west, settling first at Goshen Hole, and in 1886 he came to what was then Albany county, now Converse county. Douglas had not been founded at that time but the town was laid out on the 1st of August of that year and Mr. Chamberlin established a lumber yard, carrying on the business successfully for about five years. He then turned his attention to coal mining at Inez, Wyoming, with DeForest Richards, afterwards governor of Wyoming, but during the three years in which he operated in the coal field he lost all that he had previously saved. He next turned his attention to the sheep industry, in which he was engaged from 1893 until 1912, or for a period of seventeen years, when he sold out. In the meantime he had been appointed to office and had served as register of the land office from 1896 until 1909. He is still the owner of a valuable ranch property on which he is raising cattle, but the active work of carrying on the ranch is left to others, while Mr. Chamberlin is enjoying well merited rest.
In 1889 Mr. Chamberlin was united in marriage to Miss Jennie McReynolds, of Nebraska, and they occupy an enviable position in social circles in Douglas and have a large number of warm friends throughout Converse county. Mr. Chamberlin is a Mason of the highest rank, the honorary thirty-third degree having been conferred upon him in recognition of the important service which he has rendered to the craft. In politics he is a republican and was the first state senator elected from his district. He has thus been closely associated with public interests as well as with the establishment of business enterprises in Converse county and at all times his efforts have been an effective force in bringing about modern-day progress and improvement. His influence has always been felt as a strong, steady, moving force in the social, moral and industrial life of the community. However, he prefers a quiet place in the background to the glamour of publicity. There is no doubt, however, as to his worth as a citizen and his contribution to the development of the city and county, and the name of no man is more closely associated with the welfare and interests of Douglas than that of Albert D. Chamberlin.