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Chambers, Luther

Obituary from Newsday, Tuesday, March 28, 1950


"Luther Chambers, Rustic Playboy, Dead"

Port Jefferson--A funeral service at 2 PM today in the O.B. Davis Funeral Home here, will mark the final chapter in the career of a Suffolk horseman playboy, Luther Chambers, 68, ho in the past few decades went through a sizable fortune. Chambers died Saturday at his home on Mt. Sinai-Coram Road, Coram, after a brief illness.

He was born in Port Jefferson, a son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther Chambers. His father, a widely known physician, practiced in this village for many years and was one of the founders of the First National Bank, of Port Jefferson. His mother, a membeer of an old Port Jefferson family, was a sister of John T. Mather, whose endowment made possible the hospital here that was named in his honor.

As a young man, Luther Chambers worked for sevral years in the First National Bank here.

Thirty years ago, wih several hundred thousand dolars bequeathed him by his family, Chambers purchased the Coram farm where he lived until his death. At the start, he ran the farm as a hobby, but later he devoted most of his time to his horses.

At one time, he maintained a string of polo ponies and a large number of race horses. Evelyn W., an entry from the Chamber stables, set a world's record at the Syracuse State Fair, some years ago by pacing a mile in 2:01.

At the peak of his playboy career, Chambers entertained many guests at his farm, where night coon hunting was one of the outstanding attractions. He was married, but was estranged from his wife. He leaves no other immediate survivors.

Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Port Jefferson.

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