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Business: Chamberlain's Student Transportation
Township: Mansfield Borough, Tioga County PA
Year: 1992 Award
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Golden Bus Contractor Award

50 Years of Service to the School Bus Industry

June 29, 1992

Hershey Lodge & Convention Center

Hershey, PA

Presented by:

Pennsylvania School Bus Association

Camp Hill, PA

The Pennsylvania School Bus Association is pleased to announce the recipient of the 1992 Golden Bus Contractor Award. The Award was established in 1987 to honor family-owned companies who have provided 50 + consecutive years of pupil transportation services to school districts in the Commonwealth.

The following companies, honored here tonight, have met all the qualifications established for receipt of this prestigious Award:

1937 – 1992

Chamberlain’s Student Transportation

Mansfield, Pennsylvania

1942 – 1992

George Krapf, Jr. & Sons, Inc.

Glen Moore, Pennsylvania

1932 – 1992

Swish-Trans, Inc.

New London, Pennsylvania

On behalf of all of the members of the Pennsylvania School Bus Association, we congratulate our Golden Bus Contractor Award recipients for their dedication to Pennsylvania’s school bus industry, for promoting safe school pupil transportation, and for promoting the tradition of family-owned business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Golden Bus Contractor Award Committee

George R. Romano, Jr.

L. Wayne Althouse

Clair Ferry

Sherri Culp Landis

Chamberlain’s Student Transportation Service

P. O. Box 412 Route 15 South

Mansfield, PA 16933

Co-Owners: Le Olin and Barbara A. Chamberlain

Ownership History:

1937 to 1962: Wilmont Purvis

1962 to 1991: Edna (Purvis) Chamberlain and Olin Lee Chamberlain

1991 to Present : Le Olin and Barbara Chamberlain

Current Fleet: 14 School Buses Current Districts Served: Southern Tioga, Northern

Tioga, and Wellsboro


Wilmot Purvis started the company in 1937 with one, hand built body bus on an International Chassis. His first contract was with the Sullivan Township School. In 1939–40 Wilmot bought his first manufactured school bus. His daughter Edna helped her father by cleaning the bus. In 1941 she turned twenty-one and got her school bus driver’s license. The school bus route was the same as her father had driven when he started the business.

In 1962, Wilmot retired and Edna and Olin Chamberlain became the new owners. In 1966, they purchased their first NEW school bus for $6700. The same year, their son Le Olin, took his school bus driver’s test so that he could drive the extra-curricular trips for his parents. Between 1962 and 1972, Olin and Edna built their business to serve as many as fifteen different school districts and intermediate unit routes. In 1972 they ventured into the charter bus business. Olin also helped to start the "EMTA", Endless Mountains Transportation Authority, to supply transportation to the elderly of the area.

As a hobby to his full-time job with a utility company, Le Olin had already been operating his own school bus business, "Chamberlain’s Student Transportation", when he took over his parents business in 1991. Le’s hobby has turned into a full-time business, managed by his wife Barbara. He continues to work his full-time job and works the school bus business nights and weekends. The Chamberlain’s still operate Grandpa Wilmot’s original bus route.

The business has now stemmed into the fourth generation of the family, involving Le’s daughter Kary Lee CHAMBERLAIN Bradley. Kary started in the school bus business the same way her Grandmother Edna had…cleaning the buses.


Grandmother Edna remembers one rainy afternoon when Le was a young boy around the age of nine. Grandpa Wilmot put Le and his brother Bill off the bus for misbehaving. It was raining very hard and the roads were very muddy that day. Both boys had new shoes on and knew they would probably get into more trouble for their muddy shoes. The boys were quite upset with Grandpa that day but they never misbehaved on the bus again.

(Below, Wilmot Purvis’ First School Bus)


(Below, Wilmot Purvis’ First "Factory-Built" Bus)



Golden Bus Contractor Award

Eligibility Guidelines

PURPOSE OF AWARD: To honor families who have provided 50 consecutive years of

school bus contracting service to the pupil transportation

industry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For purposes

of this Award, ownership for the past 50 consecutive years

must have been maintained by the same family and/or

extended family.

ELIGIBILITY: 1. Must be a member of the Pennsylvania School Bus

Association in good standing.

2. Must have been a member of the Pennsylvania School Bus

Association for the past five (5) consecutive years.

3. Must have provided pupil transportation services to a

school within Pennsylvania for the past 50 consecutive


4. Must submit proof that the company is 50 years old.

5. Applicant’s company must be a family-owned business by

the same family for the past 50 years, including time period

when application for the Award was submitted to the

Pennsylvania School Bus Association.

6. Award is presented only once to a company.
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