CHAMBERS, lived in Lake Loramie area for his
entire life -- a period exceeding three-quarters of a
century. He was born on April 6, 1846 in Oran
Cynthian Twp., Shelby Co., Ohio. The hunters and
fisherman who lived in lake region knew him as Jerry.
From the time when the lake was known as the "Berlin
Reservoir" he was known as one of its most constant
guardians. He knew its depths and its currents
with the same familiarity that a farmer knows his
fields, and visitors sought his counsel in all matters
pertaining to the lake.
When he was born, his
parents (Isaiah Chambers and Eleanor
Merryman) resided on a farm one mile east of
Oran. While he was a small boy, they moved onto a
farm east of Ft. Loramie where he developed an
attachment for the sports and thrills of the lake.
As a boy, he saw the lake providing valuable services in
freight transport in union with the Miami and Erie
Jeremiah was described as "a rugged and fearless
man, so that he was perfectly constructed in a physical
way for the line of life which he chose to follow."
He offered his services so that others could also enjoy
the lake. For several years during his early
career, he rafted timbers from the channel of the lake
in order that it might be a safer place for the
sportsmen. Logs of any value were hauled behind
oxen to the neighboring saw mills. His efforts
helped to transform a once treacherous body of water
into an inviting place to visit.
He established a boat business on the south bank of
the lake, where Short's Landing is now located, and he
operated it for a period of forty years. He rented
his boats to fishermen and gunmen who frequented the
lake during the various game seasons. Through his
business he made many friends - hundreds of which
trusted his sporting advice.
Later in his life the State of Ohio assumed
responsibility for the public area, and though he cared
greatly for the land, he readily stepped aside so that
the new plans would proceed without interference.
Though he watched familiar structures destroyed, he
found that progress did provide better services.
He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Brown,
following an illness of several months. Prior to
his death, he had been known as the oldest living person
in McLean Township, Shelby County. The funeral was
held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Short,
where he often spent his time. He is buried in a
cemetery in the vicinity of New Bremen Cemetery in
Auglaize County, Ohio.
(Contributed By Mike Shepherd and
Moss, great-grandchildren of Jeremiah Chambers from
their own family records.)
NOTES added by Sharon Wick)
He is buried in German Protestant Cemetery in New
Bremen, Auglaize Co., OH
www.findagrave.com - Memorial #6942544
From: The Sidney Daily News
Tuesday, October 9, 1934
Funeral Rites Held For Aged County Farmer, Jeremiah
Chambers Buried at New Breman Died Saturday Afternoon
Funeral services for Jeremiah Chambers, 88 retired
farmer of Loramie township and former manager of Short's
Landing were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from
the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Short at Short's
Landing, Ft. Loramie. Burial was made in the New Bremen
The aged man died Saturday afternoon about 4:00 o'clock
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. E. Brown on the
Findlay Road, Lima after an illness of three weeks.
A greater part or his life was spent as a farmer in the
Ft. Loramie community, but he was probably best known as
the manager of the present Short's Landing which he
conducted for about forty years. Following his
retirement, it was taken over by his son in law George
Short. He was a great fisherman and sportsman and was a
member of the Ft. Loramie Borrowed Time Club.
His death occurred while he was enjoying a visit of
several weeks at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Brown
and with another daughter in Lima, Mrs. Grace Shepherd.
The surviving children are four daughters and two sons,
Mrs. George Short, Ft. Loramie; Mrs. Jesse Shepherd;
Mrs. F. E. Brown; Mrs. Cary Shepherd, Lima; Elmer and
Harry Chambers of Ft. Loramie; Many grandchildren and
(See pictures of stone and family at findagrave as
mentioned above here)
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