Charley Chambers

Chautauqua County, Kansas

Charley was born in Hominy, Oklahoma, one hundred (more or less) years ago and has lived most of his life in the Pawhuska, Oklahoma area. After high school, he was offered a football scholarship to Oklahoma State University but turned it down because he didn’t realize OSU fed the athletes…so he joined the Marines for his three squares a day. He spent two years in the Marine Corps as a clerk answering the tele- phones. Much to the surprise of his superiors, he had never used a telephone before!
After leaving the Marines, he decided he would never join anything again…”not even the church”…he also made up his mind that all he wanted to do was be a cowboy. And so he was and still is.
Charley has worked for smaller independent ranches as well as some larger opera- tions at all levels. He retired as foreman of the Ferguson Ranch in 2000 and continues to run his own cattle in Chautauqua County, Kansas.
He has two sons who are also cattlemen. Charley has been reciting poetry, singing songs and storytelling for years; honing his skills and presentation to his horse, Sandy, while out on the range. Only recently has Charley “gone public.”