Chamberlain (Chamberlin), Albert D. (June 25, 1841 - July 26, 1920)

Douglas Pioneer Answers the Call

Douglas Budget - July 29, 1920

Another of the pioneers of Wyoming and one of the builders of Douglas answered the call Monday morning, when Death touched Albert D. Chamberlain. The end came after many months of illness, during which he gradually sank until the end came Monday.

Mr. Chamberlain was in his eightieth year, having been born at Dalton, Mass., June 25, 1841. Graduated from Hinesdale Academy in that state and then learned the trade of papermaking. He answered the call of his country in 1862 and served for three years in the United States navy. At the end of the war he returned to the paper business, being the senior member of the well-known old-time firm of Chamberlain & Doty. He came to Douglas early in 1886, and upon the establishment of the permanent town engaged in the lumber business. Later he was a manager of the Inez Coal Company and thereafter went into the sheep business. For ten years he was register of the Douglas land office, resigning the place to give attention to his private business. In 1890 he was elected to represent the county in the state senate.

Mr. Chamberlain was intensively interested in Masonry and was one of the oldest members in the state. He had received the highest honors in the order, having been elevated to the thirty-second degree a few years ago. He was the first regularly elected Master of Ashlar lodge of Douglas. There was no more constant attendant upon the meetings of the Wyoming Consistory than he was, and his inability to attend the last meeting of that body at Cheyenne, because of the condition of his health, was a matter of regret to his brother members.

Mr. Chamberlain was married in 1889 to Miss Jennie McReynolds who survives him. There are no children.

Funeral services were held at the family residence yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock and were under the auspices of Ashlar Lodge of Douglas. Many prominent Masons and old-time friends came from a distance to do honor to their dead friend and brother. Among them were Peter Cook and Samuel Corson of Cheyenne. Former Governor Brooks, Hugh Patton, Richard Lever, and Jack McGrath of Casper, George Mitchell, Oscar Johnson, Colin McDougal and E.M. Yates of Wheatland.

At the cemetery Ashlar Lodge conducted the services and Peter Cook of Cheyenne, deputy inspector general for Wyoming. Thirty-second Degree, made a brief address.

*NOTE: Albert D. Chamberlain's last name also spelled Chamberlin in his spouse Jennie McReynolds obituary of 12/01/1949. Also spelled Chamberlin in "Pages From Converse County's Past"; Published by Heritage Book Committee; Wyoming Pioneer Association; Converse County, Douglas, Wyoming; John R. Pexton, Chairman; 1986


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