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Chamberlain, William, 1834-1901



  • Existence: 1834 - 1901


William Chamberlain was born to Moses Chamberlain and Rebacca Abbot on 02 February 1934. At nine years old he accompanied his parents from New England to New Buffalo, Michigan. In 1864, he moved to Three Oaks, Michigan, and became a factor in mercantile life as a dealer in hardward and general merchantise from 1864 to 1890. The business was conducted by the firm Chamberlain, Warren and Hatfield company. He was also connected with the Warren Featherbone Whip Company and the Warren Featherbone Corset Company. William Chamberlain is the brother of Henry Chamberlain, the founder of Three Oaks, Michigan.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

William Chamberlain Journal, 1878-1879

 Item — Box: 27, Object: 2
Scope and Contents From the Collection: Edward K. Warren was born in Vermont in 1847 and moved to Three Oaks in Berrien County, Michigan in 1858 with his parents. In 1883, Edward established the Warren Featherbone Company after recognizing a market for improved corset materials. After securing a patent, Edward began producing "featherbone," an alternative to pricey and frail whalebone. Featherbone was made from pointer feathers discarded by regional feather duster factories. Warren opened his first featherbone factory in Three...
Dates: 1878-1879