Randolph  County,  Indiana

James  A. Lamb

            Nothing is more important to a nation than to have its people well fed, and especially is this true of a nation like ours, which must depend on the wisdom, patriotism and good judgment of its people for the administration of its government and its perpetuity. We of the cities should be most intensely interested in the best methods of production, because these things determine the volume of food which we will have to eat, and eating ever remains the primal necessity of man, with the field as the great source of supply. The brown stone palaces, the sky-scrapers, the great white thoroughfares of our cities cannot feed the mass of humanity struggling within their confines. These must look back to the land for sustenance. Those who eat should be more deeply concerned about better methods of farming than those who produce crops merely for the money that comes from their sale.
             One of the citizens of West River township, Randolph county, who seems to clearly understand the relation of farming with other industries is James A. Lamb, who was born in Washington township, this county, July 25, 1853. He is a son of William A. and Jane E. (Harris) Lamb, and he was one of seven children, six sons and one daughter, all now deceased but James A., of this sketch, who was the youngest; the other children were named William P., Benjamin C., Henry C., Anna E., Jerry E. and Levi O. The father was a native of Virginia, from which state he removed with his family to Indiana and settled in West River township, later removing to Washington township, Randolph county. He devoted his life to farming, and his death occurred April 28, 1868, at the age of sixty-five years. The mother of our subject was born in Campbell county, Virginia, and her death occurred November 22, 1901 at the advanced age of eighty-seven years, on the old homestead in Washington township.
            James A. Lamb grew to manhood on the home farm and he received a common school education. He has been twice married, first to Josephine White, March 1, 1891. Her death occurred October 13, 1893, leaving a son, Fred, who is now living in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is connected with the Bowser Oil Company. Our subject's second marriage was to Sarah Cox, a daughter of Joseph Cox, whose family consisted of thirteen children, ten of whom survive. One child has been born to this second union, Ream Elizabeth, born April 26, 1897. The date of the son's birth, mentioned above, was December 30, 1892. He was graduated from the Winchester high school.
             Mr. Lamb has devoted his life to agricultural pursuits, and he is now owner of a valuable farm of one hundred acres on which stands a fine residence and large outbuildings. He manages well and has a very gratifying income from year to year. Politically, he is a Progressive, and religiously, is a member of the Methodist church.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

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