Alice Matilda MICHIE LAMBERT

Born 6 Jan 1866, Nephi, Utah Territory
Died 9 May 1951, Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah, USA

Daughter of Robert and Francis POTTS MICHIE
Wife of Joseph Heber LAMBERT

Alice Matilda MICHIE LAMBERT
taken about 1946

MICHIE is a sept of Clan FORBES.

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Alice Matilda MICHIE LAMBERT

A Short Autobiography Written by Alice M. M. LAMBERT

at the request of her daughter, Della LAMBERT SNYDER

Transcription of a statement written by Alice in her own hand*

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Della has asked Pa and I to write down a few things of our past life. Alice's handwriting

I was born in Nephi, Juab Co., Utah, on the 6th of January 1866. That was the time of the Black Hawk war. My parents [Robert MICHIE and Frances POTTS] went through trials of that terrible time. They moved from there to Sugar House Ward in Salt Lake Valley when I was about one year old. We lived there for a few years, from there my parents moved to Malad in Idaho. Father was a miller by trade. He went there to run a flour mill but did not stay long. We then lived in Salt Lake City for a short time. Next we lived Cottonwood Ward on a farm. From there we moved to Mountain Dell, a small farming district. We lived there for several years.

These were the years I should have been in school, but there was no ward or school there, so my schooling was badly neglected. We moved next to Bench Creek, it is now called Woodland Ward. There was no school there. So in looking back I sometimes think I grew up like a weed and never was taught very much. I never attended Sunday School when I was a child, but as long as I can remember I always had faith in the Lord and in prayer. My Mother taught me to pray when I was young.

In the Winter of 1879 Father got a job in the Heber Mill as helper. After holidays, he took me over with him to go to school. I hadn't started when Mother sent for Father because my sister Mary was very sick with the Diphtheria. I went home with him. Mrs. Reynolds, who I stayed with, told me I hadn't better come back for I might carry it. Mary died in a few days. That was a great sorrow for all of us. She was 9 years old. So I got no schooling that year. Young Alice

The next fall Father moved to Heber to run the mill. That year I went to school - a girl in my teans and had to go in the primary grade. Oh how humilated I was, but I have been glad that I went. It gave me a little start so I learned to read and write a little. All my life I have been handicapped for the want of schooling, and how much better I could have done if I had had some.

In those days parents had to buy books and all that the children used and pay a tuition. School was only taught in the winter months. I think it was only three winters I attended school.

I have often wondered why I was called to some of the positions in the church that I have been in. It has been hard for me with my limited learning, but through working in the church I have learned much and I know the Lord has blessed me.

While visiting at [my] Sister Agey's [Agness] after she was married [to Ephraim Lambert], I there met your Father [Joseph Heber LAMBERT]. Friendship soon ripened into stronger feelings and after 3 years of courtship we were married in the Logan Temple. Logan LDS Temple

We went from Heber to Kamas in a white top [covered wagon], stayed there for a day or two waiting for Lena [LAMBERT, Joe's sister] to get ready. (Her and my brother Rob went with us.) Then we went to Coalville; there took the train for Ogden [where we] stayed overnight with some people Joe and Lena were acquainted with. The next morning we took [the] train for Logan. We stayed with some people that Montgomery was acquainted with that rented rooms to Temple workers. The next morning we walked to the Temple. I don't know how far, but as I remember it was quite a walk. It was a cold, frosty morning. It was Thursday, Fast Day, for then fast day was held on Thursday. They held Fast Day services in the Temple that morning. We were married by Brother Merrill. He was President of the Temple then. [Lena's account of the wedding is included in her history.]

The next day we went to Ogden, stayed over night, then home to Kamas, stayed a few days , then home to Heber. Two rooms of our house was done and furniture in them, so we went right to housekeeping. As soon as he could, Joe dug a well and that spring he dug a cellar and put up another room, but did not get it plastered for some time after.

The spring and summer after I was married I was very sick. I was young and did not know how to take care of myself. Later on I run the sewing machine too much. Not being very strong it was too much for me and my baby [Joseph Robert] was born sooner than he should have been [11 Nov 1886]. He slept so much at first we could hardly wake him to take nourishment. After about six weeks he was as bright as any baby and growed and got fat.

About two years after I was married, another man took over the flour mill and Father moved back to his farm at Woodland, so I was a long way from Mother and how I did miss her. Joseph Heber Lambert

When our baby was two years old, another baby boy came [14 Nov 1888]. We named him Ralph. He was fair with light hair and blue eyes, a fat healthy little fellow. [When] He was about six months old. I went up the canyon to cook at the saw mill for, as you all know, Joe was part owner in a saw mill. We hadn't been there long when a letter came calling Joe on a mission to the Netherlands. We came home and he soon left.

That was hard for me, to be left alone with my two babies, and so far from all of my folks. We rented one room of our house to Joe Sessions, young people just married. Their first baby was born in our house. But they did not pay their rent so I had to tell them that I wanted my room. Ralph and Joseph Robert

That fall I went over and stayed a while with Mother then came back. It was lonesome. The second Christmas after Pa left Mother came over a little before and wanted me to go over with her for Christmas. I went. I thought it would be a change, but there was some sickness there. They did not know what it was, so did not take the care that they should. It spread through the ward. My baby got it. I never knew how, for I never took him out anywhere. It was Scarlet Fever. He was awful sick and then it turned to Pneumonia. He died in two weeks [12 Jan 1891]. At that time there was three laying dead at once in the ward. We took him to Heber for burial, and I went home with my one boy. I wonder sometimes how I lived through that winter. Mother stayed with me for a couple of weeks, then [my] sister, Della, came over and stayed a while.

Some of the folks thought Joe would come home after baby died, but when I thought of it I knew he wouldn't, for I knew he would want to finish his mission and I wanted him to do so. He had only been gone a year and four months then, and when he came home he had been gone two years and ten months.

Soon after he got home we went up to the saw mill. I went to assist with cooking, but the mill soon closed down, I don't remember why, so I came home. I did not feel well so was glad to come down. I picked and put up some currents and gooseberries from our own bushes. Other fruit had to be bought from peddlers. Ad for Lambert Lumber Co.

The next Oct. we went to Salt Lake to the General Conference, the first one I ever attended. Soon after Pa came home from his mission he was put in as Stake Superintendant of Sunday School of Wasatch Stake. This took him away from home most every Sunday. I was alone with my little ones a lot when I was raising my family.

Our first girl [Della] was born in February [13 Feb 1893] after Pa came home, 8 month baby. She was frail and nearly died the day she was born. Through prayer and the blessings of the Lord she lived and is now a mother. Lambert Home in Heber

Our next baby was a premature birth - it lived one hour, was blessed and named [Donald], and then died [20 Apr 1896]. I was very weak after his death. It took me longer to gain strength than a natural birth would have done.

Harold was born two years and three months after [1 Aug 1898]. Then there was four more children came to bless our home. [Gladys, 6 Dec 1900; Minola, 28 Jul 1903; Alta, 5 Oct 1905; Reed M. 12 Jun 1908]

When Gladys was a baby I was asked to be President of the Heber East Ward Relief Society. I have often wondered how they came to think of me for that position. I was in that position for I think it was 9 years, then I asked to be released for we were expecting to move out here. It was quite a trial to me to leave my home come out here [Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah] and put up with all we had to in this place.

When Dan [Lambert, Joe's brother] moved away, I was again asked to be President of Relief Society of Roosevelt Ward. You can remember that I had a lot of sewing for the dead and lots of walking to do. But I am glad that I could be of some help in this new country. So I have been blessed of the Lord as I never could have filled these places. And I have made many friends and I hope I can meet many friends on the other side when I am called there.

I have written these few facts. Please look over mistakes for I know there are many. I wish we could have done more for our children, and that we had a little to help them with now. I think you know the rest, so I may not write more.

Lambert Home in Heber

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Lambert home in Roosevelt

*Spelling has been corrected and words in brackets have been added for clarity where deemed necessary.


More about Alice Matilda MICHIE LAMBERT:

MICHIE Photo Album

Joseph Heber LAMBERT, husband

Robert MICHIE, father

Frances POTTS , mother

Headstones, Roosevelt Cemetery

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