THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   LAMB BROTHERS, farmers, are well-known hop-growers and stock-raisers of Hamilton. William E., the senior member of the firm, was born in Madison, February 8, 1853. He was the third, and his brother and partner, Amos J., the fourth of the ten children of John and Phebe (Manchester) Lamb. An interesting sketch of the life of their father,--a retired agriculturist, living at Hamilton,--giving the names of the other children and including some account of their paternal grandfather, Jacob Lamb, may be found on another page of this Review.
   The brothers of whom we write received a fair education in the public schools and in the Union School of Hamilton, and were trained to work in various departments of husbandry on the ancestral farm. William E. lived at the old homestead with his parents till his marriage, at the age of twenty-three years, with Miss Ella Burlingame, daughter of Charles and Phebe Burlingame. They have two children,--Charles and George. Amos J., the junior partner of the firm, who was born April 30, 1854, married Miss Etta Burlingame, a sister of his brother William's wife. They have one child, Edna.
   Both families are regular in their attendance at the Methodist church, and contribute liberally to its support. In politics the sons of John Lamb have not departed from the path trodden by their father before them: they give their allegiance to the Democratic party.
   Lamb Brothers have been associated together in agricultural operations for eleven years, in which time they have made rapid strides on the road to competency, not to say affluence. Buying one hundred and sixty acres of land to commence with, they now have two hundred and ninety-two acres. Their specialty is hop-raising. Having begun with three acres planted with hop vines, they have increased the acreage year by year, till they have at present eighty acres devoted to this culture, and have become famous as being among the largest hop-growers in the State. Three years ago, deciding to pay more particular attention to stock-raising, they began the breeding of Dutch cattle. They now own a fine herd of twenty full-blooded Holsteins. Their farm is in a state of high cultivation, everywhere bearing the stamp of industry, neatness, and careful, sagacious superintendence. Brain-work and muscular toil have combined to produce this happy result. Here are seen the fruits of honest, well-directed labor, not of feverish speculation. The example of the Lamb Brothers is one to be commended as eminently worthy of emulation, and may be pointed to as illustrating the saying of Washington, that "the life of the husbandman, of all others, is the most delightful. It is honorable, it is amusing, and, with judicious management, it is profitable."

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