Re: William LaCount Lambert, Watson, MO
I have no ties to the Lambert genealogy but I found this interesting bit of information in a book I am reading and thought I would share with those of you interested in CLEMENT LAMBERT of DECATUR, NE.I thought that Laurie Montag would be most interested since she said much of her family history had disapeared with the death of her grandmother.
The Sod-House Frontier 1854-1890 by Everett Dick copyright 1937, 1954
A Social History of the Northern Plains from the Creation of Kansas & Nebraska to the Admission of the Dakotas
This is a fascinating book which is NOT just about sod houses but gives an exceptional look into the customs and events of the time!As a genealogy and history buff, I am thoroughly enjoying it!!
Here is what pages 60-61 say about CLEMENT LAMBERT:(and by the way, remember that I am in no way related!! lol):)
"In the year 1856 Peter A. Sarpy owned a trading post at the little town of Decatur, Nebraska;Clement Lambert was his chief clerk.Like most Indian traders he was fond of his quickest moving goods--whiskey.One evening a St. Louis steamer tied up at the wharf for the night.This was a signal for a general celebration.Lambert led the spree.Uproariously drunk, he stripped down to pants and Indian leggings;buckling a belt around his waist, he stuck in a pair of Colt's revolvers, sprang onto his pony, Billy, gave a few Indian war whoops, and raced to the river.At the wharf, with a gun in each hand, Lambert let out more savage whoops and threats which sufficed to open the gangway.Pony and rider ran into the boat, up the stairs, into the saloon, and halted before the bar.Here the clerk ordered a big drink for the pony and commanded every person present to drink to the health of Billy and the President of the United States.It must not be supposed that all the frontier towns were as raw and uncivilized as those Indian trading posts, and yet it must be remembered that wherever civilization meets savagery, even civilzed man is mastered temporarily by barbarism."