David C. Chambers, one of the promising young business men of Redding, California, is a member of the firm of Chambers & Campbell, hardware merchants. He was born in San Francisco April 4, 1866. His father, Horace B. Chambers, and his grandfather, David Chambers, were both natives of New York. They were stockholders in the bank of Page, Bacon & Co., San Francisco. The ancestors of the family came from the north of Ireland. Mr. Chambersí mother, nee Medorah Hatch, was born in Ohio. Her father, John Hatch, a native of Vermont, first came to California in 1834, in the interest of the American Fur Company. In 1849 he brought his family to this coast and settled in Sacramento, living in a tent. He opened a jewelry establishment there and made that city his home until 1888, when his death occurred.
The subject of this sketch was educated in the public schools of Sacramento and at a boarding-school in Oakland; he spent six years of his young life in the hardware store of Huntington, Hopkins & Co., Sacramento. With his cousin, William N. Campbell, his present partner, he engaged in the stock business in Butte County. Two years later they sold out and purchased the hardware business they are now successfully conducting in Redding.
Mr. Chambers is President of McCloud Parlor, No. 149, Native Sons of the Golden West, at Redding. He is one of the building contractors of their Army Hall Building and Loan Association. On Admission Day, 1890, the Redding Parlor of Native Sons took sixteen Indians to San Francisco, under the charge of D. C. Chambers. They were dressed in their aboriginal attire, and formed an attractive feature of the procession.
Transcribed by Kathy Sedler, August 2004.
SOURCE: Memorial and Biographical History of Northern California, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1891. pg. 362-363