Sherman Public Library
19 December 1928
A. P. Chamberlain Was Prominent in Building Circles in North Texas
Special to The Democrat
DENISON - A. P. Chamberlain, a pioneer business man of Grayson county
and over forty years
a resident of Denison, died at Boerne, Texas, at midnight Tuesday,
according to telegraphic information received in Denison Wednesday morning.
At the time of death Mr. Chamberlain, accompanied by his daughter Mrs.
George Rue of Dallas, was in route from San Antonio to Kerrville, after
having spent ten days in San Antonio under treatment of Dr. Langford, a
brother-in-law. He left Denison about two weeks ago on advice of
Born in Watertown, N.Y., 78 years ago, Mr. Chamberlain grew to manhood,
later moving to Port Huron, Mich., and moving to Sherman in 1875, when
he opened a marble yard, In 1877 he married Miss Nannie Gatewod of
Sherman, a sister of Mrs. Willilam Lankford of that city.
While in Sherman Mr. Chamberlain had charge of construction of the
present Grayson county jail, the rock work of Carr-Burdette College, the
Industrial Cotton Oil Mill and similar large structures in that city.
His artistic sculpture work attracted considerable attention and he later
erected the present Confederate monument on the court house lawn, also
similar monuments in Texas. Mr. Chamberlain later located in Denison,
where he owned and operated the marble works in the 600 block of West Main
street. Soon after arrival here he erected a home at 1700 South Rusk
avenue, where he reared his family of two sons, Nelson and Will Chamberlain,
now of Fort Worth, and daughter Mrs. George Rue of Dallas. The wife,
two sons and daughter survive.
Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain observed their fiftieth wedding anniversary
with their son, Will, in Fort Worth last year. Mr. Chamberlain had
been a member of the Denison Lodge of Elks since its organization in this
city. He was prominent in work of the Elks' organization and was
generally known for his kind heartedness and liberal donations to worthy
In addition to the immediate family, there are two brothers and
a sister in New York and a sister-in-law, Mrs. William Lankford of Sherman.
The body is due to arrive in Denison on the Katy Flyer at noon Thursday.
Funeral services will be held under auspices of the Elks lodge at the home.