From Biographical Memoirs of Hungtington County, 1901
This gentleman, to a brief review of whose life the follwing lines are devoted, is one of the successful agriculturists of Union township, and the county of Huntington is proud to acknowledge all such men within its boundaries as representative citizens. Mr. Chamberlen is an Ohioan by birth, and grew to manhood in Noble county, of that state. When but two years of age he suffered the loss of his father, after whose death he was thrown upon the world with few friends and no one particularly interested in his welfare. His early youth was passed under adverse circumstances, and, while still a small boy, friendless and alone, he was thrown upon his own resources and compelled, as best he could, to obtain a precarious livelihood. When old enough to do manual labor worthy of remuneration, he found employment as a farm hand, and was thus engaged in various places throughout his native county until about 1858, when he came to Huntington county, Indiana, located in the township of Union, and, by diligence in business and ecomony in saving succeeded in accumulating sufficient capital to purchase a small farm of forty acres, upon which nothing in the way of improvements had been made beyond a small, round-log cabin, and a small area of about four acres partially cleared for the plow. For some time after moving to this place Mr. Chamberlen rented land in the vicinity in order to provide for his immediate necessities, and devoted his spare hours in summer and the greater part of the winter season to removing the timber and fitting his little place for tillage. Subsequently, he disposed of his original purchase and moved to the place where he now resides, there being at that time four acres of cleared land on the farm besides a small log cabin, which served its purpose until a more comfortable structure took its place.
At the present time Mr. Chamberlen has thirty-five acres under cultivation, and while his farm is small, consisting of but forty acres, by careful tillage he makes it yield abundantly, and at the end of the year finds himself better off than the majority of his neighbors with many more acres of cultivable land. He carries on general farming, and by careful rotation of crops maintains the original fertility of the soil to a marked degree and makes the place return considerable in excess of the expense required to keep it in order and to provide the family a livelihood.
Mr. Chamberlen is a gentleman who possesses the esteem of his neighbors and fellow citizens, and none in the community stand higher as a public spirited, energetic man of affairs. He is a Democrat in politics, but is content to let the partisans hold the offices, preferring the quiet of the farm and the peace of the domestic fireside to the distractions which usually attend men seeking public honors.
Mr. Chamberlen is the father of seven children, namely: Christian R., John W., David B., Charley S., Mary M., William and Lewis D. The maiden name of the mother of these children was Rosanna Rohrer. She was a woman of sterling worth, a fit companion to her husband, and did much during her life to promote the success he now enjoys. She departed life nearly twenty years ago, leaving Mr. Chamberlen with a large family of small children.