A. A. Chambers, Pioneer
Flier, Racer, Dead at 87
Mr. Chambers was born Feb. 11, 1879, in Wellsville, son of Charles and Nancy Ream Chambers, and attended Wellsville schools. He had resided in Hornell since 1903.
Noted as a gifted mechanic who possessed an inventive mind, Mr. Chambers became a top motorcycle and bicycle racer in his youth, riding machines manufactured by Glenn Curtiss of Hammondsport, with whom he was later associated in business.
Mr. Chambers was also associated with Thomas Aeroplane Co. of Hammondsport, forerunner of the Convair Aircraft Corp. He was qualified as a member of the Earlybirds, an association of pioneer aviators, having flown aircraft before 1912.
The deceased operated Chambers' Garage in North Hornell from 1918 to 1930, where he conducted a Franklin automobile agency. He later worked in the aircraft industry with plants in Cuba, N.Y., and Corry, Pa. He retired following World War II
Surviving are his widow, the former Julia Drum; two sons, Donald J. of Elmira, and Glen L., Muskegon, Mich.; great-grandchildren; and two brothers, residing in the Midwest.
Visitation is being held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Robertson Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Hornell, where funeral and committal services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Interment will be in Hornell Rural Cemetery.
Contributed by Mary Rhodes, 5-2-11
Wellsville NY Town Historian.
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