John Carlos LAMBERT

Born 19 Sep 1849, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, USA
Died 29 Jun 1912, Kamas, Summit, Utah, USA

Son of John and Adelia GROESBECK LAMBERT
Husband of Margaret Ann WOODWARD
and Olevia Frances ANDERSEN

John Carlos Lambert

John Carlos LAMBERT

(Photo taken about 1880)

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by Walden W. Lambert, Grandson

John Carlos Lambert

John C. Lambert was born in Kansas City, Missouri, September 20, 1849. He crossed the plains when he was young. He read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover when he was 8 years old.

My father [Roy Grant Lambert] told of my Grandfather as a teenage boy was skinning a beef with an older man who was a famous Mormon scout, Ephraim Hanks. Hanks' knife slipped and cut grandfather across the back of his hand. He made a little fuss about it by nursing his hand a little. Hanks laughed at him and said don't pay any attention to a little thing like that. He went back to skinning, but he watched for his chance and he let his knife slip and cut Hanks across the back of his hand. Hanks didn't even flinch or bat an eye, but continued to skin.

John C. Lambert didn't write, even though he used a typewriter, that I knew of, with the exception of a few entries in a diary when he went to Mexico, and a few letters that are preserved by Maurine. William Gibson, his brother-in-law and captain of the four trips to retrieve horses stolen by Indians, did. John C was his Lieutenant and saved Gibson's life two times, according to my father.

My Grandfather died before I was born, but some of the men Gibson mentioned were alive when I was young. Of course William Woolstenhulme, my Great Grandfather, was alive. Gibson himself we saw and talked to in Vernal, Utah. I also know Silas and Con Pack, James Woolstenhulm, and John T. Lenard. Of course I would like to have seen my Grandfather, but better still, I would of liked to have been along. I am most happy that they hever had to take a life. We are sorry we don't have our Grandfather's own story. I do wish to say, from what my father told me, I believe Billie Gibson's story. I knew some of the other men, and am acquainted with most of the places mentioned, and have been there. Even Henry's Fork of the Bear River. I have crossed the Uintas, Brush Creek and the Book Cliff Mountains, the Weber and Provo rivers and the pass between the Duchesne and Provo rivers.

I can realize the story very well. Gibson was twenty four, and Grandfather wasn't yet twenty on the first trip, in 1869. It is easy for me to visualize them getting on the track of the Indians and horses and relentlessly following them, camping when necessary. I can well believe the story of the white mare who could and would lead by following the trail night or day on one trip.

My father told of his parents taking them to Park City to see a small circus. They visited the animals first and a large lion had his paw extended out of the cage. My father said his father petted the paw and an attendant standing nearby lashed out with, "Hear, Hear," upon which Grandpa turned to him and said " You go straight to h___!" Anyway he didn't carry it quite as far as my father did with the bear in Yellowstone Park.

My father said his father liked to sing the song, "When I was a young man my job was to wait on the boss and pass him his plate. Jimmy Crack Corn and I don't care."

I grew up with these stories. My father told us and even our Primary teachers, who were Johnny's sisters, told us about Johnny and Billie going after the horses into unknown land. How Johnny got Billie down from the cedar tree in the dark. Most of the time it seemed it was Johnny and Billie. Bill Gibson married Aunt Mary, Johnny's sister. Gibson did mention, on occasion, the boys.

The farmstead was just 1½ miles out of Kamas town at N.W. corner of the S.W. quarter of sec. 20 where he had homesteaded. The house was later moved to Kamas, lot 2, block 18, by oxen. The barn was left in the field. Another was built in town but of douglas fir. I have hauled hay from these same meadows, gone through the same gate in the yard in Kamas and forked the hay into this same barn. The house was built onto and became a large one. The hay was put up in the field and hauled to town as needed. My father spoke of this being done in his memory with oxen. He explained that this was the reason he built out in the meadow. He wanted to live where the hay was.*

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John Carlos Lambert Headstone

John Carlos Lambert is buried in the Kamas Pioneer Cemetery. The verse carved on his headstone is:

"Thy virtue & thy worth
"Shall fond remembrance cheer
"And ease the aching heart
"That drops the falling tear"

*Note: The Lambert Ranch (L5 Ranch) is listed as a "Utah Century Ranch" by the Utah Department of Agriculture. That designation is given to farms and ranches that have been the same family for at least 100 years. ~Venita

More about John Carlos LAMBERT:

Overland Journey to Utah

John LAMBERT, father

Adelia GROESBECK, mother

William Gibson, brother-in-law

Headstones Kamas Cemetery

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