Chambers, James Oliver (July 15, 1863 - November 5, 1948)

Ollie Chambers, Pioneer Resident

Passes Away

Unknown - November 11, 1948

James Oliver Chambers, 85, a pioneer resident of Converse county, died Friday morning at Converse County Memorial hospital.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday from the Hofmann funeral chapel with Rev. Louis Gale in charge of the service. Burial was in Douglas Park cemetery.

Mr. Chambers had been in failing health for some time.

Ollie Chambers was born on a farm near Mechaniesburg, Pa., July 15, 1863. When about 15 or 16 years of age he went to Kansas where his brother had located.

A short time later he moved to Ogalalla, Neb., where he was employed on Dick Bean's Keystone ranch. Mr. Bean was unable to read or write and Mr. Chambers, although still a youngster, kept the books on the thousands of head of stock run on the Keystone.

He came to Douglas on a visit in 1886 and about two years later moved to Converse county where for 13 years he was foreman at the Ogalalla ranch.

Then he went into partnership with George Metcalf, taking over the land where the Double Box brand was run. At a later date he purchased Metcalf's interests, purchasing and leasing lands to continue in the sheep and cattle business.

On December 16, 1919 he was married to Laura Gertrude Moffett at Blommington, Neb.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Christine, one grandchild, Laurel Moore, his sister, Mrs. Belle Slonaker, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Throughout all his early years Mr. Chambers had been a real pioneer, venturing into undeveloped lands and in later years he remarked to Mrs. Chambers that he wished there were more new places like Wyoming to pioneer.


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