The early days of the settlement of Utah will ever be memorable as days of hardships
endured by the early pioneers and their sons. The vast work of redeeming this country from its wild
and undeveloped state was no easy task, and only men of exceptionally strong will power and determination
could have ever subdued the country and developed it to its present most wonderful state of prosperity.
Among the State's worthy sons, and one who has cheerfully performed his part in developing the vast
resources of Utah and especially of Summit County, Richard F. Lambert, the subject of this sketch, is
deserving of much credit.
He is a native son of Utah, having been born in Salt Lake City, February 11, 1855,
and is the son of John and Adelia (Grosbeck) [sic] Lambert... Our subject was but seven years of age
when the family moved to Rhodes valley, now known as Kamas, and he has been a resident of Summit county
since that time, receiving his education the common schools of Kamas, and growing up on his father's
farm, his life being that of every son of the pioneers. Upon attaining his majority he started out in
life for himself, working in the timber, and later engaged in the sawmill business with his brothers,
supplying timber for Park City mines, following this occupation for ten or twelve years. During this
period he purchased his present farm on the west side of the valley, near the county road, and in 1886
moved his family onto his farm where he has since resided. He has ninety acres of valuable land under
irrigation, and devotes his attention principally to the raising of oats and hay. He has about fifty
head of cattle on his place. He built a find two-story residence on his farm in 1898 and his home is
today one of the most beautiul in this valley.
He was married April 14, 1886, to Miss Elva E. Wolstenhulme, daughter of James and
Mary (Page) Wolstenhulme. They have six children--Elva E., Richard F. Jr., Ira C., Reuben, James W.,
and John Arvil.
In politics Mr. Lambert is a Democrat, but although he has been active in promoting
the welfare of his party, he has never sought or held public office, his time aside from his business
being given mostly to Church work. He has taken much pride in assisting to develop the agricultural
resources of his county, and has been largely instrumental in obtaining the fine irrigation system now
in operation in Kamas valley. He is interested in two irrigation companies and assisted in constructing
the water system of that valley. He is at this time a member of the Twenty-second Quorum of Seventies,
and an active worker in his Ward. Mrs. Lambert is also prominent in the work of the Church in her
community, being a member of the Ladies' Relief Society and was for a number of years President of the
Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association. She has also acted in the capacity of Counselor to the
President of the Primary Department of the Relief Society, and is a teacher in the Sunday Schools.
Mr. Lambert has worked his own way up to his present prominent position among the
farmers and stockmen of Summit county, and has by his energy, perseverance and undaunted courage in the
face of all obstacles won the admiration and esteem of those who have known him throughout a life of
over forty years.