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Title: Chambers Family

Dates: 1940s-1980s

Collection Number: 10815

Quantity: 4.5ft

Abstract: Papers of the families of Russell and Lucille (Morton) Chambers and Charles Morton. Much of the collection relates to Chambers’ career as an electrical engineer in Bismarck. Also includes correspondence, photos, and scrapbooks of the Morton family.                                                                                              

Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired the Chambers Family Papers from Roger Rieger in September 2001.

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Biographical Sketch

William Russell Chambers was born to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie A. Chambers in Grand Forks, North Dakota on February 28, 1920. The family including his sisters Elaine, Phyllis and Fern, moved to Neche where Chambers attended school. He attended the North Dakota School of Science and earned a degree in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University. He served in the Navy in World War II. He was married to Lucille Morton in Bismarck on November 24, 1945. She was born to Clarence D. and Jannette H. Morton November 24, 1921 and had two brothers: Robert J. and Charles D., and two sisters: Marie and Ruth Ann.  She graduated from Bismarck High School in 1939 and attended the Mehus Conservatory under the voice instruction of Ralph Warren Soule. Lucille and Russell had two children, Wayne and Linda (Mrs. Warren Knapp, Denver CO).
Chambers worked for Montana Dakota Utilities in Omaha NE, Watertown and Mobridge SD and in Bismarck as an electrical engineer. Chambers died on May 3, 1979 in Bismarck. Lucille died on April 2, 1997 in Lakewood, Colorado.

Box / Folder Inventory

Box 1:
1 Electrical Growth Research Notes Bismarck ND 1972    
2 Electric wires                 
3 Tear Sheets                    
4 Wally Kroeber                               
5 Dakota Systems Fault Study     1959      
6 Voltage Drop                 
7 Engineers Meetings                   
8 W.G. Eisenbraun           1974      
9 Line Dept.        1969-1970           
10 Substation Dept.        1969      
11 Meter Dept. 1962-1964           
12 A.I.E.E.            1964      
13 A.F. Andersen & O.J. Poleen 1959-1968           
14 Dickinson Office          1957-1960           
15 Transmission Standard                            
16 L.H. Schaefer                1956-1961           
17 L.R. Thorsen 1959-1969           
18 R.A. Dewberry             1960      
19 H.K. Porter Co.            1958-1960           
20 Joslyn              1959-1965           
21 Board of Administration, Mr. James Fine, Chairman                  
22 Ken Tompe   1959-1962           
23 Hughes Bros. R.R. Dennis        1959      
24 E.F. Grovender            1957-1965           
25 Line Material Co          1967      
26 Williston Office            1960      
27 Survey Notes                              
28 Walt Rieche  1967      
29 Ed Schmit       1964-1972           
30 Westinghouse             1960-1962           
31 Linton Office                1961      
32 Herb Wallender Elgin Office   1964-1968           
33 Earl Heck Napoleon Office      1961-1962           
34 Glen Ullin Office         1957-1959           
35 Beanie Richards Steele Office               1959-1964           
36 L.M. Wells     1961-1965           
37 Bergstrom-Verbarg Co             1959-1968           
38 Mobile Trans                1962-1967           
39 Civil Defense                1964      
40 Acct. Dept.    1963-1972           
41 Illumination Dept       1964      
42 Yard Light       1965-1966           
43 Safety             1967-1973           
44 Beulah Office               1967      
45 Elgin Office    1969      
46 Electric Auto                
47 Economic Service Limit                            
48 Golf Cart                       
49 Moving Heavy Equipment      1969      
50 URD Conference        1969      
51 Corrosion       1969      

Box 2:
1Power Cable                   
2 Cable Terminal Fuse                   
3 Transformer Vault                       
4 Substations                    
5 O.S.H.A. 1972
6 City of Bismarck                            
7 City of Bismarck Street Lights                 
8 District Street Lights                   
9 Car #2133                        
10 Transformer Pad                       
11 Apartments                 
12 Power Use Council                   
13 Junior Achievement                 
14 Load Study, Highland Acres    1969      
15 Bismarck - Underground Primary, Broadway (3rd-9th)                             
16 Underground Electric Distribution       1968      
17 Distribution Line Construction Contract (Labor Only) US Dept. Of Agriculture REA        
18 Bismarck Office, Notebooks 1962       
19 STC Sectionalizers                     
20 Voltage Regulator - General                 
21 Power Factor                              
22 National Handling                      
23 Underground                              

Box 3:
1 Tom Sawyer                   
2 General Electric                            
3 McGraw-Edison                           
4 Outdoor Master Unit Substation                          
5 Automatic Meter Reader                         
6 Station Transformer Replacement Schedule 1971         
7 Reference Books                         
8 Personnel                       
9 Reference Materials                  
10                          
11 Applications for Employment                               
12 Company Correspondence                   
13 E. Engineers                 
14 SD 35-B2 Bennett                      
15 Math 423. Finance                    
16 Class Notebooks                        

Box 4:
1 Power Apparatus & Systems, Electrical Engineering Journal 1957-1958
2 Charles Morton Letters To and From 1948-1952             
3 Charles Morton Letters To and From 1948-1951             
4 Charles Morton Letters To and From 1945-1947             
5 Charles Morton Correspondence/Papers 1944               
6 Charles Morton-Photographs, Yosemite National Park taken by Ansel Adams Studios during WWII 1944-1945                 
7 Correspondence-Morton Family 1960-1961     
8 Correspondence to Morton Family from Muriel, Isabelle & Evelyn 1970-1973  
9 Mrs. C.D. Morton Records 1959             
10 C.D. Morton Estate settlement papers 1959  
11 Clarence Morton: Building Data 1019 1st St 1950s        

Box 5:
1 Photograph - Evelyn & Janette Hart                    
2 Photograph - Charles Morton?                              
3 "Time to Dance" Recital Program                          
4 Textbooks                      
5 Morton, Ruth: Scrapbook                        

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