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LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     This week we share another fragile newspaper obituary found in the Opal and Lester Saffell family papers, currently held in a private collection in Lubbock, Texas. The obituary for Clarence Leon Lamb appeared in the “Red Oak Express,” a newspaper published in Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa. The date shows February, but the rest of the information has been cut off. However, according to the information on the website, he died in 1913.

     (Genealogists should be aware that some punctuation and capital letters in proper names have been added or changed for clarity or meaning and readability. Some of the paragraphing has been changed for better readability. All-caps for surnames are used for emphasis.)

     “C. L. LAMB Died Thursday Morning

     Another One of Red Oak’s Promising Young Men Dies, Sick Only a Short Time. Pleuro Pneumonia Case of Death

     On Thursday morning, the city and community were shocked to learn of the death of another one of the most highly respected and promising young men, Clarence Leone (sic) LAMB, which occurred at his home in Red Oak, 105 West Reed Street, at 12:35 that morning. He had been sick only three days, and his death was due to pleuro pneumonia.

     Mr. Lamb was born on September 11, 1862, and was united in marriage to Miss Amy L. OLMSTEAD on March 18, 1886, and to this union was born one child, Mrs. Olga Ione RAY, now living in Toronto, Can., but the mother passed away in November of 1887.

     He was married a second time to Miss Lillian OLMSTEAD, a sister to his first wife, on December 24, 1889.

     He was county recorder of Clarke County, Iowa, for four years and clerk of the court in the same county for two years. He then moved from Osceola to Red Oak, being employed as telegraph operator at the Burlington station for three years, and for the past six years has been employed by the Western Union Telegraph Company, being general chairman of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers. He was a member of A. F. and A. M. and O. E. S. chapters of the Masonic order.

     There survive him to mourn his death,

besides his wife;


and grandchild, Keith;

his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram LAMB;

one brother, Lewis LAMB;

and four sisters,

Mrs. J. A. STONE of Omaha, Nebr.;

Mrs. R. A. WILEY of Des Moines;

Mrs. Hugh FARQUARSON of Denver;

and Mrs. Iva Ahern of Murray, Iowa.

     The date for the funeral has not been set, at the time of going to press, but will probably be on Sunday. Rev. Fred N. WILLIS will have charge of the services, which will be held at the house. Interment will be made in the Murray Cemetery.

     Mr. Lamb had a host of friends in Red Oak and other places, who are deeply grieved by his sudden death, and his loss to the town and community is sorely felt by all. His family have the sincere sympathy of everyone in this, their sad bereavement.”

     (Editor’s note: Pictures of the tombstones for Clarence L. Lamb, Amy L. Lamb (died in 1887), and Lilliam B. Lamb (1869-1946) can be seen on )

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