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ALBERT VICTOR CHAMBERLIN.
Albert Victor Chamberlin was the founder of the American Trust Company of Coeur d'Alene, of which he has been secretary and treasurer and also manager ever since its organization. To Mr. Chamberlin likewise belongs the distinction of being the first man to come into the town with outside money, for the purpose of reviving and stimulating the commercial and industrial interests of the community.
A native of Ohio, his birth occurred in the city of Cleveland on July 15, 1871, his parents being Anson Bartlett and Martha Melissa (Bishop) Chamberlin. The father was for many years in the employ of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, having been ticket agent at Milwaukee for over forty years, but he is now living retired. In the maternal line, Albert V. Chamberlin traces his ancestry back to Oliver Cromwell, his grandfather, one of Ohio's pioneers, being a direct descendant of the founder of the British commonwealth.
In the acquirement of his education Albert Victor Chamberlin attended the common schools, completing his course in the high schools of Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Feeling that he was qualified to commence the heavier responsibilities of life, at the age of seventeen years he laid aside his text-books and began his business career. His first position was in a bank in Minneapolis, where for eighteen months he discharged the duties of a clerk with efficiency and intelligence. He subsequently become bookkeeper and accountant for a railroad company in Milwaukee, withdrawing to take the position of sales manager for a lumber company in northern Michigan. In 1898 he decided to see what the western coast offered to a man of his capabilities and located at Seattle, where he remained for two years. At the expiration of that time he returned to the middle west, remaining there until 1899. In the latter year he came to Coeur d'Alene and organized the Gunderson & Chamberlin Lumber Company, purchasing the McFarland sawmill. A few months later he disposed of the enterprise to the Coeur d'Alene Lumber Company, whose plant is now located on the site of the old McFarland mill. Mr. Chamberlin then turned his attention to the real-estate and insurance business, which proved to be very remunerative, and in 1906 organized the American Trust Company, ever since devoting the greater part of his energies to its development. He still has some valuable property interests in the state and he also owns some timber lands in Oregon. When the Exchange National Bank of this city was organized he was appointed cashier, and for a time he was also one of the directors of this institution. He has always been one of the enterprising and progressive citizens of the town, the population of which numbered only between three and four hundred when he first located here, and has been officially identified with various thriving activities.
Mr. Chamberlin was united in marriage on the 24th of December, 1896, to Miss Daisy H. Moller, a daughter of C. F. J. Moller, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for many years the Danish consul at that point. They have become the parents of four children, as follows: Galord, whose birth occurred in 1898; Frederick Bishop, whose natal day was in 1900; and Will Mathews and Martha Virginia, twins, who were born in 1908. The Chamberlin home, which is one of the social centers of the community, is located at No. 1017 Fourth street, this city.
Fraternally Mr. Chamberlin is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America, and for the past nine years has been clerk of the local camp. He is also a thirty-second degree Mason and is affiliated with the Idaho Consistory, No. 8, S. P. R. S. A. A. and El Katif Temple, Spokane. He has but recently been appointed master council of Kodash and is a trustee of the Masonic Temple Association. Political activities have always engaged much of Mr. Chamberlin's attention and during the entire period of his residence here he has been connected with the government of the city. For four terms he represented his ward in the council, and acted for a while as justice of the peace, while he was mayor for three years, assuming the responsibilities of this office in 1901. That he has discharged his duties with efficiency is manifested by the length of his term. His support is always given to the men and measures of the republican party and he has several times been state committeeman. As he has high standards regarding the duties and responsibilities of citizenship, Mr. Chamberlin always finds the time to advance the interests of the community by assisting in promoting any movement that he feels will advance the welfare of the majority of the inhabitants. He is an enthusiastic member of the Commercial Club, and is most zealous in his efforts on its behalf. At the present time he is a member of the board of directors of this organization and he is also treasurer and a director of the Coeur d'Alene Merchants Association, while his connection with organizations of a more purely social nature is confined to his membership in the Inland Club of Spokane. Success has attended the efforts of Mr. Chamberlin since he located in Coeur d'Alene and he is a man who would be an acquisition to any community, not only because of his disinterested public services, but because of the capable and intelligent manner in which he directs any enterprise with which he is connected, the strength and progress of any town depending upon the resourcefulness and sagacity of its business men.
History of the City of Spokane and Spokane County Washington 1912