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JEREMIAH 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 canal.
     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 Norita Shepherd 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
Found at www.findagrave.com - Memorial #6942544
includes obiturary:
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 Cemetery.
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 great-grandchildren 
(See pictures of stone and family at findagrave as mentioned above here)
 
 
 
 

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