Jeremiah lived in the Lake Loramie area for his entire life--a period exceeding three-quarters of a century. He was born on April 6, 1846 in Oran Cynthian Twp. Shelby Co., Ohio The hunters and fisherman who lived in lake region knew him as Jerry. From the time when the lake was known as the
"Berlin Reservoir" he was known as one of its most constant guardians. He knew its depths and its currents with the same familiarity that a farmer knows his fields, and visitors sought his counsel in all matters pertaining to the lake.
When he was born, his parents (Isaiah Chambers and Eleanor Merryman) resided on a farm one mile east of Oran. While he was a small boy, they moved onto a farm east of Ft. Loramie where he developed an attachment for the sports and thrills of the lake. As a boy, he saw the lake providing valuable services in freight transport in union with the Miami and Erie canal.
Jeremiah was described as "a rugged and fearless man, so that he was perfectly constructed in a physical way for the line of life which he chose to follow." He offered his services so that others could also enjoy the lake. For several years during his early career, he rafted timbers from the channel
of the lake in order that it might be a safer place for the sportsmen. Logs of any value were hauled behind oxen to the neighboring saw mills. His efforts helped to transform a once treacherous body of water into an inviting place to visit.
He established a boat business on the South bank of the lake, where Short's Landing is now located, and he operated it for a period of forty years. He rented his boats to fishermen and gunmen who frequented the lake during the various game seasons. Through this business he made many friends--hundreds of which trusted his sporting advice.
Later in his life the State of Ohio assumed responsibility for the public area, and though he cared greatly for the land, he readily stepped aside so that the new plans would proceed without interference. Though he watched familiar structures destroyed, he found that progress did provide better
He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Brown, following an illness of several months. Prior to his death, he had been known as the oldest living person in McLean Township, Shelby County. The funeral was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Short, where he often spent his time. He is buried in a cemetery in the vicinity of New Bremen.
Submitted by Mike Shepherd