Here is a small bit of history
taken from the book " Idaho County Voices" on the Chamberlain
James Chamberlin was born in 1825
in Indiana. He was one of 12 children born to William and Esther
Hester Chamberlin of Indiana. James was first married to Mary Ann
Nester. They had one child, Jonathan. Mary Ann died when the
child was 2 years old, in 1848. In 1849, James married Angelitha
Jones. The family moved to the Camas Prairie about 1871.
All of the children were born in Indiana, with the exception of
William, who was born in Oregon.
The children's names were as
follows: Jonathon (John), Hannah, Cleantha, Victoria, George,
Jerome, James C., Charles, & William.
During the Indian War of 1877,
James, Angelitha and their 11 year
old son, William, moved to the fort at Mount Idaho for protection.
Their son, Jonathon and his family had gone to Lewiston for supplies and
on their return trip, they stopped by the Cottonwood House and learned
of the killings on the Salmon River. They decided to go with the
Norton family to Mt. Idaho as well. On the way, they were attacked
by Indians. Jonathon's wife, Emily was wounded. She was
holding baby Effie, who was only 8 months old, and fell down between the
two dead horses. The story goes that a farmer by the name of
Schwartz found Mrs. Chamberlin the following morning, unable to
move. Baby Effie was said to be sitting in the road with a knife
wound through the back of her neck and the cord under her tongue
cut. Mrs. Norton was wounded. John (Jonathon) Chamberlin,
his 3 year old daughter, Hattie and Mr. Norton were all dead. John
and Hattie are buried in the Mt. Idaho cemetery.