A.H. CHAMBERS. – This wealthy and influential resident of Olympia is a native of Washington Territory, and a son of one of the earliest pioneers, his parents having crossed the plains to Oregon in 1844. Andsworth was born near Olympia, at Chambers Prairie, June 25, 1851. He began his career at the early age of twelve as a herder of stock, and continued in this business until nineteen years of age, acquiring thereby a knowledge of life and of practical affairs which has been of great value. At the above age, in partnership with his father, he successfully established a butcher business at Olympia, and in 1881 enlarged it by the purchase of his father’s interest, conducting it himself for the following eight years. In the spring of 1889, he disposed of his retail business, and now confines himself to stock-raising and the wholesale butcher business. In 1888 he erected the beautiful building which bears his name, a view of which, together with his own portrait, appears in this work.
Although beginning with small means, Mr. Chambers early mastered the art of attending to his business with close attention, and has thereby gained a competency, never, however, resorting to miserly, avaricious methods, nor relying upon fortune, nor taking advantage of his fellow-man. There is no more enterprising citizen in the capital city, nor indeed in the state, than A.H. Chambers; and every enterprise which tends to public improvement or benefit finds in him a warm supporter. As an illustration of his extensive business relations, we may mention that he has a controlling interest in the Gas and Electric Light Works, and is also a director of the First National Bank, and is one of the incorporators and the business manager of the hotel company now erecting the magnificent Hotel Olympia. As an illustration of his public spirit, we may cite his gift of a thousand dollars for the establishment of a hospital of the Sisters of Charity in that city. He has ever felt a deep interest in the welfare of the capital, and since reaching his majority has been a member of the city council, and has held the office of mayor of the city for three successive terms, declining further nomination. He was united in marriage in Olympia May 20, 1878, to Miss Mary Connolly. They have three daughters.