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     Here is another obituary for Clarence Leon Lamb, who died on 13 February 1913 in Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa. Providing some different or additional details from the first obituary, the fragile clipping is found in the Opal and Lester Saffell family papers, currently held in a private collection in Lubbock, Texas. (For his other obituary, see the “Kinsearching” column dated 26 June 2016.) The date of publication and the title of the newspaper, probably printed in Iowa, have been cut off. (Genealogists should be aware that some punctuation and capital letters in proper names have been added or changed for clarity or meaning and readability. All-caps for surnames are used for emphasis.)

     “A Sudden Summons.

     Clarence L. Lamb, Prominent and Respected Red Oak Man, Died Early Yesterday Morning from Pneumonia.

     Clarence L. LAMB, who was taken sick Monday with pneumonia, passed away at his home in Red Oak at 12:35 a. m., Thursday, Feb. 13. Apparently in the best of health until the end of last week, he was about the city as usual, and few of his many warm friends knew of his illness until they heard of his death.

     Funeral services will be held at the home at 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon by Rev. F. N. WILLIS, D. D., of the M. E. Church, and the remains will be taken to Murray [on] Sunday for burial. A daughter, Mrs. T. W. RAY, from Toronto, Can., is expected here this (Friday) evening, and a number of other relatives, whose names will be given next week, are expected.

     Death came to Mr. Lamb in his 51st year. He was born at Hopeville, Sept. 11, 1862, and practically all his life, he had spent in this state. He became an employe[e] of the Burlington Railroad in young manhood, and acted as telegraph operator and station agent in a number of towns along the line. For a time, he engaged in the restaurant business in Osceola, and served two terms as recorder of Clarke County. He also served as a clerk in the legislature during several sessions.

     About nine years ago, he and his family moved to Red Oak, Mr. Lamb, at the time, being employed as a telegraph operator. Then about six years ago, he was chosen general chairman of the Order of Railway Telegraphers, for the Burlington system, a position to which he had twice since been re-elected. This work took him to various parts of the country, and kept him away from home much of the time. In it, he was so successful and so well liked by members of the Order, that his salary was raised from time to time, and there was an understanding all along the line that the position was his as long as he cared for it. In ability and temperament, he was especially fitted for such work, and his absolute honesty inspired confidence in the members of the Order.

     Mr. Lamb is survived by Mrs. LAMB, and one daughter, Mrs. Olga RAY, of Toronto, Can. His father and mother, Postmaster and Mrs. Hiram LAMB, of Murray, also survive, as do four sisters and a brother, as follows:
Mrs. J. A. STONE of Omaha; Mrs. H. A. WILEY of Des Moines; Mrs. Hugh FARQUARSON of Denver; Mrs. Iva AHERN, and L. LAMB of Murray.

     For a number of years, Mr. Lamb had been a member of the M. E. Church, and he was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star. In each of these organizations, he was active. He was a companionable man, broad in his views, the sort of man who values friendship, combining with these traits marked ability and sterling honesty. Probably no man in Red Oak stands higher in the estimation of his acquaintances than did he. His sudden passing has cast a shadow of gloom over his wide circle of friends, who extend to the sorrowing family the sincerest sympathy.”


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