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Cyrus Lamb Jr.
Born May 18, 1863
Cyrus Lamb, Jr., is one of Rome township's native sons, who after having tried life in other fields of activity returned to the place of his birth and engaged in the pursuit of farming. He was born May 18, 1863, and is the son of Cyrus and Elizabeth (Smith) Lamb. The father was born in Ohio, while the mother was of Pennsylvania nativity. When a struggling nation sent forth the call for her sons to rally to her support, Cyrus Lamb, Jr., responded and was numbered among those who sacrificed their ambitions and their lives upon the altar of their country. The mother, however, is still living at the age of sixty-six.
Cyrus Lamb, Jr., the only child of his parents, was reared by his grandparents and with them made his home until maturity. He received his education in the public schools of the county and then prepared for college. After several terms in college, he engaged in teaching, to which he devoted himself with success for a number of years. In 1900, he bought the farm in Rome township on which he is now living, and has since followed agricultural pursuits. In connection with it, he has devoted himself to the nursery business, making small fruit a specialty.
In October, 1890, Mr. Lamb was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Pfeifer, a native of Rome township and a daughter of George and Barbara Pfeifer, who have now passed away. No children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Lamb.
They are consistent members of the United Brethren church and take an active part in religious work. Politically Mr. Lamb affiliates with the republican party, and his vote is ever given in support of its candidate. He is public-spirited, but has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking, but when his fellow citizens, appreciating the strong qualities of the man urged him to serve as a trustee of his township, he did not refuse and for the past two years has filled the position to their entire satisfaction. An educator himself it is but natural that his prime interest should be centered in the school, and that he should use every means to increase its effectiveness in his township. In his capacity as president of the board of education he has been able to institute some needed improvements and to raise the standard of the schools to a considerable degree.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 61.


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