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From the memoir of Frances Dorothy (Lamb) Goplen, his youngest daughter:
Ira James Lamb was born in Jasper County, Iowa, October 29, 1861. His parents were Alexander and Eleanore Reynolds Lamb. They came to Stuart, Iowa where Grandpa Lamb had bought a farm on Deer Creek, when my father (Ira) was a babe in arms.
Ira (my dad) grew up on that farm. He learned to farm and do housework also. Grandfather Lamb had a number of sons before any daughters came along. He was a considerate man (of his wife at least) and had a rule that each son had to work so many weeks outside then one week indoors helping their mother. So our Dad could get a meal, wash dishes, scrub or sweep and make beds. This did not cause him to seem unmanly. In fact, he seemed to me to be very manly. Because of this early training he always hated to see a woman carrying water, wood or slop pails. Even in his 80's he insisted upon carrying in water for me, carrying out baskets of wet clothes to the clothes lines, and bringing in huge quantities of wood and cobs for my cook stove. Also in those late years he often insisted upon washing the dishes and my daughters can tell of putting things back that he had not got clean and he insisting (to me) they 'just did that because I was getting ahead of the.' (Dear Dad!)
He loved children and till the end of his life he rocked, sang, swung and played with little ones. One of his favorite children's songs was "The old Gray Goose Is Smiling at the Gander."
In his youth he had to herd sheep. He would go out for all day taking a lunch. The Indian boys his age used to come up and play with him. He said they'd throw off their blanket and play around stark naked. Sometimes they went home with him for supper. Once grandma asked an Indian boy if he'd have some molasses and he held out both hands not realizing what the enamel pie pans were for. (The family used them for plates.)
Dad said the Indians had an encampment on Deer Creek (near the present bridge). Both in spring and in fall when they were making their migration they camped there for several weeks. There they held dances, hunted, fished and if a white man were invited for a meal they'd kill one of their many dogs and put it in the big iron pot over the cooking fire. (A special trest)!
Dad went to church with his parents. Often they walked to save the horses, who had worked all week. They went to the Friends (Quaker) meeting house in Stuart, Iowa. The children carried their shoes in their hands (to save shoe leather). They'd put them on just before they got to church.
I never found out much about his schooling but he was able to read and write and to conduct business.
On the home farm was a coal mine which grandpa let the boys operate.
Grandpa Lamb kept bees and had a large orchard of cherry and apple trees. My Dad had to help with these as well as help tend a large garden and the farming. They raised corn and small grain and hay, kept cows and sheep as well as the horses, which a furnished the power, and a few chickens.
I remember my Dad telling how the Indian squaws would steal eggs from the chicken coop. Also how they would come begging his mother for lard, white flour or sugar.
His mother was a gentle little woman who never said a harsh work and spoke in Old English. I can still hear her, "No Frances, thee must not do that. Thou must do it _ _ _ _ ."
Father had five brothers. They were Ben, Henry, Charles, Clark and S.K. His sisters were Louisa, Rebecca and Sarah.
He was a good husband, a wonderful father, a kind neighbor, an honest hardworking man.
We had a neighbor whose husband sometimes went on a drunken spree. Many times she has called deep in the night for my Dad to come help her get him in the house and to bed. I've known him to sit up all night with sick neighbors, to sit all night with a corpse, to help in farming operations, pull out someone who was stick in a mud hole, to dress up and take us to church and Sunday School in the carriage (with the horses groomed and curried and the harness always well oiled). He served on the school board for years and was active in community life. He took pride in his wife and family and took us to Fourth of July Celebrations and picnics and to Old Settlers Reunions at Dexter.
The trip to Stuart was not made casually, but only when supplies were needed or there was something special like Chatauqua. I remember a few times when I went with him to town (Stuart) or to Dale. We would go in the lumber wagon and when mother did not go I got to sit in the spring seat right beside Dad. Sometimes he'd let me hold the lines and I tho't I was driving Dock and Maude. When we met someone we said, "Whoa" and there we sat in the road until the men finished their conversation. If I saw some pretty wild flowers we'd stop and I'd get a bouquet for Mama. If I had to go to the toilet we'd stop and I'd go behind a bush. When we got to town I had candy, licorice (I still love it), ice cream cone (still a wonder to me), gum, pop, and all the way home we'd eat crackers, cheese and bologna. The last stop in town was often the ice house, where we'd get a huge chunk of ice, wrap it in horse blankets and that night at home the boys would make homemade ice cream. Oh! I had a wonderful childhood thanks to my parents.
In the night I'd often get a bad stomach ache and throw up and I'd hear my mother scolding, "Ira Lamb, you just stuff these children all day when I let them go to town with you." I can still feel her gentle touch on my forehead and smell the peppermint water she urged me to drink to 'settle my stomach.'
As Dad grew to young manhood and got ready to try his own wings he decided to go to Kansas, where some of his relatives were farming. He drove a team and wagon from Stuart, Iowa, to Mankato, Kansas, camping along the way. He spent one year there but was not in harmony with the surroundings so he returned to Stuart the same way he went. He then took over one of Grandpa Lamb's newer farms. The one near Seager School where we were all born. And occasionally he would see a good looking girl riding a horse. He told me she was the prettiest thing he ever saw. She had auburn hair, brown eyes and was small and quick. By some trick of fate these two became acquainted, were married, and raised 6 children. This was my mother Carrie Estella DeLahoyde.
The following was handcopied by Edith Holmes from the 1907 Guthrie Co. History of Iowa, mailed to Frances (Lamb) Goplen and transcribed by Frances' grand-daughter, Carolyn Korbel:
James Ira Lamb: James Ira Lamb operates a farm of 160 A. on Section 8 Penn twp and in this work shows himself an enterprising farmer, whose ideas are both practical and progressive. He was born Oct. 29, 1861, in Jasper Co., Ia, his parents being Alexander and Eleanor Reynolds Lamb. The father was born in N. Carolina, Feb. 2, 1830 and the mother's birth occured in the same state on Dec. 17, 1835. They were the parents of 10 children, namely Smith Kendall, who was born Aug 16, 1854, and is now deceased; Benjamine F, who was born June 29, 1857, and is married and now lives in Montana; Sarah E. born Aug 16, 1857, and is married and lives in Jewell Co. Kansas, James Ira of this review; Rebecca, who was born Jan 31, 1864 and now lives in Valley Junction; Henry M, who was born Aug 19, 1866, and is a resident of Montana; Thomas A. who was born Sept 3, 186 and is deceased; George C. who was born Nov 4, 1870 and now lives in Penn Twp; Louisa J who was born Mar 9, 1873 and resides in this Co.; and Charles P. who was born Sept 24, 1876 and now lives in this Co.
The father came to the west in 1853 and first located in Indiana, where he lived 3 yrs. In 1856 he arrived in Iowa, settling first in Jasper Co., where he remained for 7 yrs. Then he came to Guthrie Co. and for 44 yrs. lived upon the same farm, being recognized as one of the leading agriculturalists of his community. At length he retired removing to Stuart,Ia to enjoy in well earned ease the comforts of life which he had earned through his own labor.
James Ira Lamb was reared on his father's farm in this Co. being only 2 mo old when the family removed from Jasper Co. He early became familiar with the work of plowing, planting and harvesting and as the years passed by and his strength increased he more and more largely assisted in the work of the fields. The public schools afforded him his educational privileges.
Having arrived at years of maturity, he was married on Mar 27, 1889 to Miss C. E. Delahoyde, a daughter of Chas. J. and Sarah E. Delahoyde. Mrs. Lamb was born on Dec. 30, 1867. Her father was a native of Ireland, born in 1847, while her mother's birth occurred in Erie Co. Penna. In their family were 4 children, of whom Mrs. Lamb was the 2nd in order of birth. The mother is now deceased, but the father is still living and makes his home in Stuart.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Lamb have been born 5 children: Grace E. who was born Feb 25, 1890 and now attends H. School in Stuart; Ethel B., who was born July 2, 1892 and is a graduate of the common schools; Alexander J, born Sept. 17, 1894; Harold J born Feb. 17, 1899; and Frances D. born Dec. 5, 1903.
Mr. and Mrs. Lamb are consistent and devoted members of the Meth. Episcopal Church and are much interested in its work. Fraternally he is connected with the Odd Fellow Lodge at Stuart, and both he and his wife are members of the Rebekah Lodge. For 20 years he has served as a school director and believes in the maintenance of a high standard of Education through the employment of competent teachers. His political views are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party. He operates 160 acres of land on Sect 8 Penn twp, where he resides with his family, and is known in the community as a wide-awake and alert business man, who in community interests is always loyal to the welfare and progress of this part of the state.
"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDVQ-Z8N : accessed 28 January 2016), Alexander Lamb, Iowa, United States; citing p. 14, family 112, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,892.
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"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MD2F-V4X : accessed 28 January 2016), Eleanor Lamb in household of Alexander Lamb, Penn, Guthrie, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district ED 78, sheet 122B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0342; FHL microfilm 1,254,342.
"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9KG-HMY : accessed 28 January 2016), Alexander Lamb, Penn & Stuart Townships Stuart city (pt.) Ward 1-2, Guthrie, Iowa, United States; citing sheet 4B, family 144, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,434.
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