|OLIVER CHAMBERS, M. D.|
Dr. Oliver Chambers, actively engaged in the practice of
medicine and surgery at Rock Springs, comes to the west from
Wisconsin, his birth having occurred in Milwaukee, that state,
on the 27th of April, 1875, his parents being John M. and Maria J.
(Banks) Chambers, whose family numbered seven children, the Doctor
being the fourth in order of birth. The parents are both natives of
England. The father came to the United States in 1869 and first
settled at Niagara Falls, where he engaged in the abstract and title
business, continuing active in that line for many years. He is now
living retired, making his home in Omaha, Nebraska, where he has
resided since 1887. Since becoming a naturalized American citizen he
has given his support to the republican party and for a number
of years he occupied the position of city abstracter at Omaha. He was
married in England, bringing his wife with him to the new world,
and they are today respected and valued residents of Nebraska.
Dr. Chambers was but a young child at the time of the removal of the family from Wisconsin to Nebraska and in the public schools of Omaha he pursued his early education, while later he became a student in the University of Nebraska, where he attended to the junior year. His more specifically professional course was pursued in the medical department of the State University, where he won his M. D. degree in 1903. Following his graduation he served as an interne in the Douglas County (Neb.) Hospital for three months, thus gaining practical training, after which he entered upon his chosen profession in connection with the late Dr. R. Harvey Reed at Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was associated with Dr. Reed until the latter's death and succeeded him as surgeon for the Union Pacific Railway Company and in the conduct of the general practice built up by the firm. Dr. Chambers removed from Omaha to Rock Springs, July I, 1903, and has since been engaged in active and continuous general practice, although specializing in surgery, in which branch of professional activity he displays marked ability.
On the 30th of December, 1908, in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Chambers was married to Miss Mabel Bosworth, a native of Rhode Island and a daughter of Albert E. and Elizabeth Maria (Robertson) Bosworth, who are now residents of Salt Lake City and are representatives of an old New England family of English lineage. Dr. and Mrs. Chambers have become parents of three daughters and a son: Margaret Elizabeth, who was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming, October 19, 1909; Oliver Eugene, whose birth occurred in Rock Springs, Wyoming, June 1, 1911; Marian May, born in Rock Springs, Wyoming, September 1, 1913; and Helen Genevieve, who was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming, February 12, 1916.
Fraternally Dr. Chambers is a Mason, belonging to the blue lodge, chapter, council and commandery and also to the Shrine and consistory. He is a past high priest and past commander. His religious faith is that of the Congregational church and he has served as chairman of its board of trustees, taking an active part in all the branches of church work. He belongs to Delta Upsilon, a literary college fraternity, and to Phi Rho Sigma, a medical fraternity. In his politics he is a republican and in 1908 he served as county chairman of the progressive party. He has always been active in politics and in civic affairs, his influence ever being on the side of progress and improvement in matters relating to the general welfare. For four years he was a member of the state board of medical examiners, serving from 1904 until 1908 by appointment of Governor Brooks, and he also served as county health officer of Sweetwater county in 1906 and 1907. In addition to his private practice he conducts a two hundred acre ranch in Bannock county, Idaho, his land being irrigated and is therefore highly developed. His professional activities make heavy demands upon his time and attention. He is division surgeon for the Union Pacific Railway, surgeon to the Superior Coal Company of Superior, Wyoming, to the Reliance Coal Company, the Gunn-Quealy Coal Company, has a large private practice and is local examining physician for leading old-line insurance companies. He was appointed captain in the Medical Officers Reserve Corps, of the United States army, attached to Base Hospital, No. 49, which is an organization of the University of Nebraska. He serves as a member of the surgical staff. He belongs to the Wyoming State Medical Society and the American Medical Association and one can scarcely mention a branch of modern scientific investigation and research with which he is not familiar, readily adapting ideas to the needs of his private practice, in which he has been extremely capable and successful.