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William B., Emma, Frank, John. Charles, Thomas, Esther, James and Syd-
ney. Emma is the wife of ^^'illiam Means and is now a resident of North
Yakima. Washington ; Frank L. is a resident of Anthony, Kansas ; John lives
at Manhattan, Kansas ; Charles is a resident of Ottawa, Kansas ; Thomas is
now deceased ; Esther became the wife of James Means ; James lives at Pond
Creek, Oklahoma, and Sydney is a resident of California.

James and Esther Hunt were active members of the Episcopal church
and always took much interest in all church work and were prominent in the
community. They were a highly respected people and because of their
pleasing qualities and high regard for others, they made many friends. They
devoted their lives to their home, their children and the interests of the
community, until the time of their deaths, the father dying on November 17,
1907, and the mother on July i, 1912.

William B. Hunt received his education in the schools of New York
state and there received a splendid education. He was reared on the farm
in his native state and at the age of seventeen years, came with his parents
to Kansas in 1871. Here he engaged in general farming with his father,
with whom he remained until he was twenty-four years of age, when he
engaged in agricultural pursuits for himself.

On March 24, 1878, William B. Hunt was united in marriage to Ella
L. Ham, a native of Brooklyn, New York, where she was born on July 29,
1861, being the daughter of Ezbon and Harriett E. Haseltine. Her father
was born at Kinderhook, New York, in April, 1820. and the mother at
Bath, Maine, in November, 1838. They were married in the state of their
nativity, where they lived for a number of years, when they came to Kansas
and established their home on a fa.rm in Marshall county, where they became
prominent in the affairs of the community. To them were born the follow-
ing children: Ella, now the wife of William B. Hunt; Edgar S., of iVrkan-
sas; Charles E., of Blue Rapids City township, Marshall county; Carrie M.
Blair, of Elm Creek township, where Mr. Blair is one of the successful
farmers of the district, and Frank Alonzo, a resident of Center township.


Mr. Ham died September 3, 1898, and some years later, Mrs. Ham was
united in marriage to James R. McAtee, of Blue Rapids.

To William B. and Ella L. Hunt have been born the following children:
Esther B., Harriett A., James E., William W., Jennie, Frederick Robert,
Stuart L.. and Louis Eugene. Esther B. Lewis is a resident of Rock Island,
Illinois ; Harriet A. Axtell resides at Blue Rapids, where Mr. Axtell is one
of the prominent dealers of the county ; James E. is engaged as farmer near
Prince Albert, Canada ; \\'illiam W. is a successful farmer of Blue Rapids
City township : Jennie Christianson resides in Waterville tow^nship, where her
husband is successfully engaged in general farming; Frederick Robert and
Louis Eugene are at home and Stuart L. is a student in Manhattan College.
Mr. and yirs. Hunt are active members of the Presbyterian church and have
always taken much interest in all church work and are prominent in the
social life of the community in which they live and where they are held in
the highest regard and esteem.

Politically, ^^'iIliam B. Hunt is identified wath the Republican party
and since reaching his majority, he has taken the keenest interest in the
civic life of his township and the county. For a number of years he has
served as township clerk and has been a member of the County Fair Associa-
tion. He is a most diligent worker and uses his best efforts in carrying out
the wishes of the people. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of
America and is one of the active participants in the work of the local order.

In 1892 Mr. Hunt erected a house, which he remodeled in 191 6, mak-
ing it one of the most modern eight-room houses in the township. He has
installed every modern convenience, having a furnace, bath, water, sun-
porch, and was the first in the county to place in the home the Delco lighting
system. The house is most beautifully situated, a mile south of the town
of Blue Rapids, on the Marysville and Blue Rapids road, and overlooks the
beautiful valley of the Blue river. No more ideal place could be found for a
country home, and the view^ presents some of the most magnificent scenery
of the district. His barns and out-buildings are modern and are kept in
the highest state of repair. The farm buildings are so arranged that they
present the most satisfactory arrangement and convenience for the care of
the stock and grain of the farm. His cement silo is the only one of the
kind in the township, and is modern and substantial. Mr. Hunt is a most
progressive man, and conducts his farm according to the latest methods of
farming. His fields are under the highest state of cultivation, and during
the growing season of the year they present a pleasing sight -with the golden
grain, waving in the light of the Kansas summer sun. Every detail of the


farmer's art is known to him, and his excellent tract of land is recognized
as one of tlie finest in the county. He keeps a splendid lot of stock and
his herd is one of the finest in this section of Kansas. He operates his farm
with the most improved machinery and is a firm believer in modern and
up-to-date methods.

Mr. and Mrs. Hunt are intelligent, well read and cultured. One of the
greatest pleasures of Mr. and Mrs. Hunt, is that derived from entertaining
their friends. Their lives have been m.ost active ones, and bv their own
efforts the}' have risen to places of prominence and influence. They are de-
voted to their children and have reared a splendid family of boys and girls,
who are assuming responsible places in their home communities.


John Thomas Lamb was born at Tobinsport, Perry county, Indiana,
December 13, 1844. He was the ninth child in a family of thirteen children
of his father, Dorastus Lamb, who married Elizabeth ?^Iiller, who was born
on March 29, 1804. To them were born seven children, four sons and three
daughters, all of whom are now dead.

Elizabeth Batt was born on July 10, 1823, and was married to Dorastus
Lamb on December z'j, 1840. Their first son, Ezra, was born July 20, 1842,
and John Thomas Lamb, their second son, was born on December 13, 1844.
All of the brothers and sisters are now deceased, except Nora Lamb Lewis,
who married \\'illiam Lewis at Seneca, Nemaha county, Kansas, October
16, 1873, and resided on a farm in that county until March, 1875: then
moved to Blue Rapids, ^Marshall county, and resided there until October i,
1900, her husband having charge of a meat-market there. He sold out
and moved to ^^lanhattan, where he was custodian at the Agricultural Col-
lege for about fourteen years, and on January 15, 19 14, they moved to
their fruit farm near Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where they still reside.

John Thomas Lamb received his education in the local schools of his
home communitv. for fifteen years; he then went to Illinois, for one year,
near Equality; then to Memphis, Tennessee, and enlisted in Company K,
Sixth Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, November ist, 1862, and was discharged
on November 5th, 1865, as corporal, at Selma, Alabama: he then returned
to hig home in Indiana. In the spring of 1866 John Thomas Lamb and
his two sisters, Nancy Newberry and Nora Lamb, left Tobinsport, Indiana,


and reached Atchison on the first day of April. It took them three days
to reach Marshall county, near X'ermillion, as they had to come by team,
there being no railroad then. He bought eighty acres of land at that time
in section 9, township 4. range 10, and later purchased another eighty acres
from his brother, Zopher Lamb, who came to Marshall county in January,
1866, and purchased this one hundred and sixty acres for himself and his
brother, John.

John Thomas Lamb was a home-loving man, and the members of his
own family knew him best, but above all, the testimony can be given to him
by all who knew him, that he was a true Christian, a constant reader and
teacher of the best literature obtainable, a good neighbor and loved to visit
the school located just east acrdss the road from his family residence, being
the school district named for him, "Lamb District No. 134." Messrs. Wat-
kinson, Charles Grable and John Thomas Lamb were the three first school
otificials of this school district and he was treasurer thereof for over twelve
years. Thereafter, he and his wife, Elizabeth, loved to watch the school
children play, bringing back to their minds the youthful days of their school-
life in comparison to the advantages the children enjoy today. And they
always at Christmas time took the children apples by the bucketful and
shared the joys of their Christmas tree or entertainment and exchanging
of presents, making the days happier for the children as well as enjoying
the joy, peace, and happiness, themselves. He was a soldier and a lover
of liberty. On May 9th, 191 6, the members of Allison Circle, of Vermil-
lion, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, presented a silk flag to the
Lamb School in memory of Comrade and Sister Lamb. The ladies were
accompanied by several of the veterans and friends, and quite a number
of the patrons of the school district were also present. Miss Buckles, the
teacher, had prepared an appropriate program of recitations and songs.
The flag was presented by Mrs. Samuel Arnold, who also conducted with
the Presbyterian minister, the funeral services, as leader of the members
of Allison Circle at Vermillion, for Mrs. Elizabeth Gray Auld Lamb, on
November i6th, 1914. The Lamb children thanked the ladies for the honor
and respect shown the memory of their father and mother, and Mr. Charles
Wallace, district clerk for many years, and still clerk, paid tribute to the
memory of Mr. and Mrs. Lamb and talked patriotism right royally, also.
All joined lustily in three cheers for Old Glory, May 9th, 1916.

In politics, he was a Republican from childhood until death, and a
very diligent worker at all times for the cause in his community and fre-


quently was their delegate. In church societies he was a true behever and
often decHned to join any particular society, because of conscientious scru-
ples, as he would not confess any particular faith that was not in him. His
reason forbade him to accept some of the doctrines, nevertheless he always
helped, financially, any and all church societies, as all were working for the
betterment of humanity, and provided for his wife and three daughters
to attend church, Sunday school and young people's church societies, of
which they frequently were delegates. He lived a good Christian life daily;
he had formulated his own high ideals and had the courage to live up to
them, regardless of the cost. True enough, we do not find that very often,
but there are not many of them who exist. His three daughters are indeed
proud of the fact, and will try and observe and do likewise. In business
affairs he always worked for the benefit of the community in which he
lived, and was president of the Vleits Bank for a number of years. By
occupation he was a farmer, and was always planning that his wife and three
daughters might enjoy the home prepared by a devoted husband and kind
and loving father. He always took an active part in the affairs of the com-
munity in which the family lived. The father and mother moved on to
the present home as soon as they were married, Friday, February 14th,
1873, and lived on the same farm all their lifetime. Their eldest daughter,
Ora Adelia Lamb, was born on July 2. 1874; their second daughter, Emma
Lydia Lamb, was born on ]\Iarch 24, 1876; and their youngest daughter,
Julia Effa Lamb, was born on April 4th, 1879. The three children were
educated at the Vermillion city school until No. 134 Lamb School was
organized and completed; then the last days of school life were spent there.
Later, after receiving their county diplomas (three to the eldest daughter,
Ora) they were sent to Marysville, to the normal and Ora attended the
Holton College (Campbell University) for a business education for two
years about 1889 and 1891 and prepared herself for the business world.
She taught school for two years south of Marysville, and then worked for
J. A. Broughten for over twenty years as stenographer, in his law office,
combining the work with the telephone work as collector and bookkeeper
for the past twelve years for the Marysville Telephone Exchange Company,
and previous for W. W. Hutchinson and W. C. Evans, now deceased, in
the same capacity.

Emma Lydia Lamb also taught school near home and later went to
Rawlins, Wyoming, about May 27th, 1903, the time of Marshall county's
flood. Later, in 1904, she made a trip through Yellowstone Park, Salt Lake,


I'tali, and dtnvn the C(')lum1)ia ri\er to California and returned home again
via Denver. Colorado, about July 5th. 1904.

Their youngest daughter. Julia Kf(a. Lamb, was married at the home
of her parents to Clarence D. Steele, a young farmer of more than ordinary
ability, February 14, 19 10. They now live on the home place with her
sister, Emma, since the death of their parents. He is an ideal farmer, with
the latest methods, such as mogul tractors, and has the management of the
three hundred and twenty acres of land, that John Thomas Lamb had
arranged to be closely together, as he had by industrious and continuous
labor saved and provided for his wife and three daughters a comfortable
home and plenty of funds to start life much easier than he and his wife.
The parents had saved and done without many of the comforts of life that
the children might enjoy the blessings given by our gracious God, and the
freedom of our country. The father bravely helped to give them as a legacy,
with the two hundred acres of Marshall county's valuable land, free and
clear of all incumbrances, that they might have the same industrious habits
as their parents, is a legacy that they may be proud to inherit and rekindle
the fire of patriotism in our hearts for the defense of liberty and justice

In later life he enjoyed much happiness in his home, with his family,
until sickness brought sadness at times, but the constant thought of others,
which he had cultivated in youth, made it much easier for his family in
caring for him, especially his daughter, Emma Lydia Lamb, who was his
constant nurse for many years and took such good care of him, as she
worshipped her father, until he was called by death on August 12, 191 3.
His wife, being deaf, and eldest daughter, Ora Adelia Lamb, working in
Marysville as stenographer, and the youngest daughter, Effa, being married
and having her own home to care for, the greatest responsibility rested with
his second daughter, Emma Lydia Lamb, who devoted her time and life
work in caring for her father at home. He often remarked, "It will not
be for lack of care, if I do not get well." But his long-continued sickness
finally took him away from this material condition, and the children will
always remember their father kindly, and try to live as he did. All who
knew him best always spoke very highly of his business integrity and pleas-
ant manner.

Elizabeth Gray Lamb, (ncc Auld) was born on April 2nd, 1848. in
Ohio, near Deersville, Harrison county : her mother, Eleanor Alexander,
was born on April loth, 1820, in Ireland, and was one year old when her


parents came to Ohio, near Deersville, Harrison county. Eleanor was mar-
ried to James Auld in 1838; to this union there were eight children born,
four of whom died in infancy. She was left a widow in 1853. She and
her four children, Mary, Elizabeth, Martha and James, came to Kansas in
1858, in company with two other families, the Strongs and the Bradfords.
A few years after she was married to Harrison Foster and lived east of
Frankfort, now called the \^an Vleit farm, west of Vleits, Kansas. Her
husband died in a short time, and she was left with her above named chil-
dren. Later, she married Francis Austin, and was living west of Frank-
fort when her daughter, Elizabeth Gray Auld, was married at their home to
John Thomas Lamb on February 14th, 1873, and immediately they moved
to their home on his farm near Vermillion two and one-half miles northwest
thereof, and both resided thereon until both were called by death from the
activities of life here below. They were both active in the social and relig-
ious life of their community. Their influence had much to do with the
high standard of morality in the district in which they lived, and they were
held in the highest regard by all who knew them. They became prominent
in the agricultural life of Marshall county, owning at the time of their
demise two hundred ?cres of land, part of which one hundred dollars per acre
could not purchase.

Elizabeth was a youth-keeping woman, with her strength, ambition,
enthusiasm and culture. In the larger, better life, and in the uplift and
progress of this wonderful age. she had her opportunities. In the buoyancy
and optimism which she brought to her work, she renewed her glad days
of her girlhood. While young, she came with her widowed mother, two
sisters and a brother to Frankfort about 1858 and was one of the early
pioneers of Kansas. She held membership in that vast army of noble men
•and women who by sacrifice, toil, and perseverance transformed Kansas
into the peaceful, intelligent, healthy, law-abiding commonwealth that we
view today. What an honor to be numbered among the pioneers of Kansas.
It was her privilege to usher into the world the new-born babe; to admin-
ister to the sick, to help clothe and feed the needy; to build schools. She
saw the modern home of others supplant the log cabin ; the overland express
take the place of the ox team. She often assisted when a child, in hauling
wood and timber at their home. The night concert of the coyote has been
replaced bv the marvelous Victrola. In 1858 she found Kansas a wilder-
ness, lying in undisturbed virgin sleep, waiting for the coming of the cun-
ning hand of industry to blossom in plenty; she was a forerunner, ever


marching onward to the light; never shirking and never turning back. She
was one whose faith was indexed by her works. The year the grasshoppers
visited Kansas, 1874, their eklest daughter was born. But, being an excel-
lent woman of high intelligence and courage and always taking an active
pari in the incidents of the early history of Marshall county, and being
highly respected by all the early settlers, they all worked together, and their
lives were characterized by self-sacrifice, she with her husband, denying
themselves many comforts and much that their friends thought necessities,
that they might preserve intact the property accumulated by their industry
and devote the same to the use of their three daughters. In addition to the
property given, the personal efforts of their lives were untiring for their
country, their home and liberty. These three children are always striving
to make happy their three children, of their own household, but never for-
getting the children of society — many of these are grown-up children, who
have been dwarfed by circumstances or by economic conditions, so that they
have found but little of cheer and much of misery in life, and always made
them a little better off by considering them a little.

Her ambition was that her three daughters might be useful citizens
and they are trying to obey, as Ora Adelia is now one of the progressive
and successful business women of Marysville, and the efficient bookkeeper,
stenographer and collector for the Marysville Telephone Exchange Com-
pany, as she attended Campbell University at Holton and then in 1892 took
a post-graduate course at Campbell, preparing herself to work as stenog-
rapher and bookkeeper. She has purchased a comfortable home just east
of the Catholic church grounds (one block therein), within the city of
Marysville. Ora is improving her permanent home, and enjoys her city life,
but still loves her farm home, being the home her father and mother started.
Her sisters, both now reside thereon, and all three sisters aim to perpetuate
their parents efforts to maintain this home and add thereto in honor of their
parents. It would have been hard to find a more happy family until death
came and claimed the father; then the mother's desire was to be with her
husband, as the three children were all grown, and by their father's and
mother's careful training — spiritual and moral — and business, our mother
felt satisfied that her work here on earth was completed. The mother will
be missed in the community in which she lived so long, over fifty-six years
near Frankfort, where she first settled on a farm, and the present Vleits,
not known then, and was always highly respected and greatly loved by all
who knew her. She was a member of the Church of God, now our Presby-


terian church in Vermillion, and was always a, faithful worker for religion,
regardless of church denomination, as all goodness and practical piety make
for the betterment of the community in which we live.

The Farmers' Union, now located in Vleits, was first organized at
Lamb School house and named "Lamb" for Mr. and Mrs. Lamb.

Emma Lydia Lamb, second daughter, lives on the home place with her
sister, Julia Effa Steele, and husband. They farm three hundred and twenty
acres of land, and raise wheat, corn and alfalfa in large . quantities and
many other smaller products for the feeding of their chickens, which they
raise in large quantities, both for the sale of the eggs and the young chick-
ens, having two large and commodious hen-houses therefor. They also
raise nice stock, substantial, medium-grade mules, horses, cattle and hogs.
They are successful and progressive farmers in the true sense of the word —
farmers — as in this day and age, to be a successful farmer means the com-
bination of culture and strength, all of which the two daughters, and the
youngest daughter's husband have obtained by education and their strong
physical life ; by inheritance the two daughters are strong physically, and
by culture, intellectually.

Mary A. Auld, a sister of Elizabeth Lamb, was born on December 23,
1840, and came from Ohio in 1858 and lived v/ith her widowed mother
near Frankfort until her marriage on Ji-me 16, 1869, to James Gorman, of
Pottawatomie county, Kansas, where she lived until she and her husband
went to Ft. Dodge, Kansas, where she died on July 4, 19 16. She had the
honor of being numbered among the pioneers of Kansas, and taught school
in Marshall county in the early days, and later she lived in her log cabin as
a bride, and for a number of years after.

James Auld, her brother, was born on January 21, 1852, and came to
Marshall county when about five years old, from Ohio and died in Minne-
sota, leaving a wife and four children surviving him.

One sister, Mrs. Martha J. Lieb, survives Elizabeth, and was with her
during her last illness of about four days' sickness, her death being caused by
a complication of diseases.

Martha J. Lieb {nee Auld) was born on April loth, 1850, on a farm
near Deersville, Harrison county, Ohio, and came at the age of eight years
with her widowed mother, Eleanor Alexander Auld, two sisters and
one brother, James, in 1858, to -Marshall county, residing near Frankfort,
where all three sisters were married at their family home west of Frankfort,
she to Charles Lieb, on December 29th, 1869, and went with him to his


home in Pottawatomie cOiintA', Kansas, near Onaga. two and one-half miles
southeast thereof, where he died four years thereafter of pneumc^nia, leav-
ing her with two small children. She still lives on the farm, where she went
as a bride, and she has seen her .share of pioneer life; she can recall when
the Indians were seen every day hunting and fishing, and the grasshoppers
in 1874 so thick that they resembled a big storm cloud. She received her
education in the country schools of Marshall county, around Barrett and
Frankfort and was one of the best spellers, when they had their old-fash-
ioned spelling schools. She is sixty-seven years old at the present time,
and would not be afraid to spell with some of the school-teachers of today,
as the present teachers do not devote the time to spelling they did in the
early days of pioneer life.

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