Joseph H. Lambert,
was born Oct. 27, 1856; my father [John Lambert] was born Jan 31, 1820;
[Elina Hansena Larsen] was born Sept. 13, 1838.
My earliest memory is of the move to Provo [because of the threat of
Johnson's Army in 1858], where we lived in an enclosure of woven willows and rushes built by grandfather
[Hans] Larsen not far from Utah Lake. After a while we moved into a big log house [in Salt Lake City].
When [I was] four and a half years old old, we moved to Kamas, Summit Co. (then called Rhodes Valley). I walked along with some other children and drove pigs as the ox teams took the loads.
My father built the first house in that valley. We arrived in June 1861. Father had been out first and planted grain.
My first [LDS] baptism was about 1867.
I drove cattle, herded sheep, farmed, got logs out of the hills. My first work away from home was for Sam Williams at a shingle mill up Beaver Creek, two miles above Kamas. I was paid in shingles which I traded for other things. I also cradled wheat and bound wheat for $.50 a day, for
Uncle Sam Miller when we didn't have work at home.
First cloth trousers I ever had, Mother made of Linsey, was of a seamless sack bought by mink skins I had trapped and sold.
The first schooling I had was obtained in the old [Kamas] Fort (built about 1866). School [was] held for a short time in the winter when there was nothing much to do. Brother
Johnny (Father's first wife's son) was a teacher as were Abner Keeler, several others and Bro. Peck. Peck was the first one to give me any interest in learning. He was a genius in mathematics and wanted father to let me go with him and get a first class education, but Father did not want me to leave the family. Later, I studied at the Brigham Young Academy (about two terms) at Provo, presided over by
Prof. Karl G. Maeser.
After this, I and brothers
bought a saw mill and ran it on the South Fork of the Provo River. From money thus earned, I bought a lot in Heber, Wasatch Co. of Pres. [Abram] Hatch, and built a two room house on it and furnished it when I was twenty-nine.
The following Jan. 7, , I was married in the Logan Temple to Alice Matilda Michie.
Dec. 16, 1881, I was re-baptized by [my brother],
Dan Lambert and confirmed by
S. F. Atwood, same date. I was ordained an Elder by Ward E. Pack 15 Apr 1883 and was ordained a Seventy 1 Jun 1884
by James Woolstenhulme. I was set apart as one of the Council of the 20th Quorum of Seventies by Apostle Francis M. Lyman (at the Wasatch Stake).
I was called on a mission to Holland (The Netherlands) 7 Jun. 1889 and was set apart for the same by Apostle John W. Taylor, Aug. 13. I left Salt Lake City, Aug. 14 at 6 a.m. and arrived in Amsterdam Sept. 8, at 10:30 p.m., 1889. I was released 11 Apr 1892. Left Rotterdam, Holland on May 4th at 8 p.m. and arrived at my home at Heber, Wasatch Co., on May 24, 1892 about 6 p.m.
At quarterly conference Jan. 23, 1893, [I] was called to be Stake Superintendent of Sunday Schools of Wasatch Stake and was set apart at Midway in the evening by Apostle John Henry Smith. He also said he conferred all my former blessings upon me.