Populated With The Pluckiest Set of Progressive People To Be Found Anywhere In The Delta. New Improvements In Civic Conditions.
“The appropriation has been made and the money is in the bank,” stated a leading citizen of Lambert, Quitman County, Miss., when asked about the proposed new waterworks and sewerage system for the town. At least $25,000 is to be spent without delay in providing this improvement to one of the livest little towns to be found within the borders of the entire Mississippi Delta. There is no telling where Lambert will stop, as it seems they have just started to going good.
A few years ago there wasn’t so much to Lambert. In the first place it was located in a new county that, although rich in soil, had not been brought prominently before the outside world. Then all of a sudden people began to take notice, and before long some of the most progressive and ambitious men to be found in the State of Mississippi removed from their localities to Lambert and joined the wide-awake men who were already engaged in building a sure enough town as rapidly as their limited number admitted.
Today no town in the Delta similarly situated has a brighter outlook than Lambert, and no town of its size is spreading out faster. One great advantage Lambert has over so many other towns in the Delta is that it is surrounded by numerous farmers usually designated as “small” farmers. That is, the country isn’t owned by just a few owning thousands of acres each, but by many who are satisfied to own a few hundred acres or less and make it pay. This means more people for that section, especially more white families, and opens the way for a continued influx of new families each year.
It also makes business good, so to speak. For Lambert has more merchants than any town in Quitman County, and a larger volume of trade is carried on here than at any other point in the county.
The Lambert Neighborhood is credited with about 8,000 bales of cotton produced last year, and that amount is expected to be exceeded this year as more land is opened up as each season arrives. An idea of the value of this land is gained from the decision of the State to establish its newest farm near Lambert. Land from every quarter of the state, of every soil and kind, and on all kinds of terms and inducements, was offered in competition to the Quitman County land, but the state officials who had the matter in charge, after full investigation, and after weighing carefully every factor, decided that the land near Lambert was to be preferred over any other.
This was only a few years ago, and even since that time Lambert has made wonderful strides. Many brick buildings have been erected, including a three-story office building, the only one of its size in the county. New merchants have opened up modern stores, new farmers have opened up new land, and everything is progressing accordingly.
Lambert has a bank, cotton gins, sawmills nearby and other industries that provide regular weekly payrolls. It is also a railroad junction, and has a large coal chute for supplying the trains of the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad which runs many of its largest trains on this system, including through trains from Chicago to New Orleans and return. The Swanlake Division of the Y. & M. V. has its terminal here.
Local railway business has shown a remarkable increase at Lambert during the past few years. For the month of March, in 1915, the freight and passenger receipts at Lambert amounted to a little over $2,000. In 1919 for the same month this business amounted to over $9,000. This does not include forwarding business such as shipments of timber. An increase in freight receipts of nearly 300% for the month of November, comparing the year 1915 with the year 1919, is shown, while an increase of about 75% in passenger receipts is shown for the same period.
This town has one of the best appointed hospitals in the Delta. It is a modernly equipped building with trained nurses in attendance, and with the best physicians in Quitman County practicing there. Among the medical staff are Doctors H. D. Glass, W. P. McDavid, of Lambert; Dr. P. M. Smith, of Marks, and Dr. F. M. Brougher, of Belen.
A new gin plant at Lambert, co-operatively owned, and organized by Mr. W. M. Robb, is said to be the largest cotton gin in the Delta, or between Memphis and New Orleans. This gin has eight stands of eighty saws each, and has a capacity of 100 bales of cotton a day.
The new Baptist Church at Lambert, now in course of construction, will cost no less than $25,000. Mr. W. M. Robb is now erecting a new garage at Lambert, and four new brick buildings. Mr. Tom Shelton and others are also building new brick structures. In addition several new residences are being built. It is not possible at this time to provide sufficient residential property for the people, so fast are they coming, and it is necessary for the hotel to take care of whole families at times.
Lambert has the aldermanic form of government with a mayor and Board of Alderman consisting of five members. Mr. O. M. Prater is mayor at this time. Serving with him on the board are Messrs. W. H. Black, H. V. Mortimer, H. S. Ellison, T. J. Stewart, and Dr. H. D. Glass, who is also city clerk. Mr. G. P. Reed is marshal.
A great deal of improvement is going on under the guidance of the present administration. Lambert is already provided with electric lights and has more concrete sidewalks than most any town of equal size.
An addition to the present high school at Lambert is to cost $25,000. This school has eight teachers and is a separate school district.
The location of Lambert is ideal. It is near the center of the county, is only about seventy miles south of Memphis, on the Y. & M. V. Railroad, and within convenient reaching distance of Jackson, the State capitol.
There is a spirit about Lambert that is not found in every community. There is a certain confident air that pervades the whole community leading one to believe that the people there have no doubts about the bright future of their town. They go about their affairs just like it has all been settled that Lambert shall get ahead and stay there.
Prosperity abounds in every quarter. Men can be pointed out who came to this prosperous community with very little of the world’s goods, but who are now rated among the more than well-to-do. Some who came as clerks are now large merchants, and some who came as professional men with a few dollars in their pockets are now rich in money and friends.
People who move to Lambert remain at Lambert; they cannot improve on this wonderful country, they say.
The town was incorporated in 1905 and has maintained its standing as a municipality longer than any other town in the county. It has never gone back–is always going forward, and the good people of Lambert are determined to keep it up. The present population of more than a thousand is expected to be doubled in a very short while.
No one will dispute the fact that Lambert carries on a greater volume of trade than any other point in Quitman County. In truth, it is asserted by business men of Lambert that their town does forty per cent more business during the year than the nearest competitor for retail trade.
Quitman County Bank
A recent meeting of the officers and directors and stockholders of the Quitman County Bank located at Lambert revealed a most favorable situation in the affairs of that institution which is regarded as the largest bank in Quitman County.
The history of the Quitman County Bank has been one of increasing prosperity ever since its organization. Starting with a capital of $10,000 the institution has grown steadily for a time, but in recent years marvelously. Where the deposits were quite small at the beginning, they have amounted to over $700,000 of late, which is a record for the banks of Quitman County, and is above the average for many banks located in much larger towns and cities.
The Quitman County Bank was organized in 1909. Its organizers were R. F. McPherson, Dr. H. D. Glass, U. B. Ross, J. L. Smart, Dan Weber, J. M. Lawshe, H. E. Perkins, L. S. Landry and J. T. Crofford. These gentlemen have the credit of having established an institution that is a credit to the entire county.
At the recent annual meeting it was decided to increase the capital of the bank to $50,000, and to increase the surplus to $30,000. And even with this increase a good dividend for the year just ended was declared.
An idea of the growth of this bank is shown in the comparison of daily balances of June 30, 1912, of a little over ten thousand dollars, with the balance on June 30, 1915, of over $20,000, and then with the recent daily balances which have reached close to three quarters of a million dollars.
The Quitman County Bank is under the direct management of Mr. W. B. Wylie, cashier. Mr. Wylie, who is regarded as one of the best qualified banking men in the state, took charge on May 6 of the present year.
The officers of the Quitman County Bank are: Dr. H. D. Glass, president; Van Savage, vice-president; W. B. Wylie, cashier, and G. R. Lawrence, assistant cashier. The directors are: I. S. Coe, W. A. Cole, J. T. Crofford, H. D. Glass, A. M. Jones, Van Savage, A. B. Shelton, J. Deck Stone and Ben Teplit.
Dr. H. D. Glass
It may sound humorous to some to refer to Dr. H. D. Glass of Lambert as a pioneer of his community when it is known that his remarkable career in this locality extends not beyond a period of sixteen years. Yet Dr. Glass is a bona fide pioneer of Lambert which, when he first came here, was graced with two frame shacks to represent the business activities of the community.
This is only given as evidence of the rapid growth of Lambert. Where the two little frame buildings once stood modern brick structures have now replaced them, and where a few occasional stragglers were seen along the way, active crowds of busy people now throng the streets of this thriving little city.
Whether Dr. Glass made Lambert or whether Lambert made Dr. Glass doesn’t matter; but both have prospered. The subject of this sketch came to Lambert as a practicing physician from Durant, as stated, sixteen years ago. At this time his medical training just about represented his total capital. Now he is president of the Quitman County Bank at Lambert, is owner of the big lumber mill at Crowder in Quitman County, is a partner in the automobile firm of Glass & Ellison Motor Co., besides other business interests. In addition he has considerable agricultural interests. The partnership of Glass & White cultivates about 1,600 acres of land, and Dr. Glass has about 2,200 acres individually, which is devoted principally to the famous long staple cotton, but with a good proportion of corn for home use, and some exceptionally fine alfalfa.
Notwithstanding his extensive private interests Dr. Glass has always shown a willingness to devote considerable time to public service. He was the first mayor of Lambert, having received the appointment when the town was incorporated in 1905, during Governor Vardaman’s administration. When not serving as mayor Dr. Glass has been a member of the board of aldermen through every term, and has given more time to public service than any other citizen of his community.
But faithful to his profession and responsive to the calls made upon him for medical attention Dr. Glass still administers in the time of sickness to those who require his services, with the result that he is not only highly regarded, but beloved by all who know him for his generous nature and progressive spirit.
Hon. A. B. Shelton
A leading figure in the affairs of Quitman County at this important time is Hon. A. B. Shelton, prominent planter, and president of the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Shelton’s popularity and ability are reflected in his prominence gained in such a comparatively brief space of time. For it was as late as 1913 when he decided to remove from South Mississippi to the Delta, and chose Quitman County as his new residence.
Down in Jefferson County, where Mr. Shelton came from he had already learned to diversify, and this policy he still pursues, which makes him one of the most successful planters in the Delta section. He has about 800 acres of land in the Lambert neighborhood, and while the larger part of it is devoted to the long staple cotton, an abundance of corn is raised each year.
Mr. Shelton was not in the Delta long before he became one of the most influential citizens. He had not been here more than a year when he was elected a member of the Board of Supervisors, and was unanimously chosen president of that important body.
A brother, Hon. Tom Shelton, preceded the subject of this sketch to Lambert by about three years, and is one of the leading attorneys of the county. He has one of the finest libraries in the state.
The Sheltons are good examples of what can be accomplished by men of high character and native ability. These gentlemen are of the solid old stock that has made Mississippi respected and admired for many generations. While they are progressive and public spirited they conduct their affairs on straight, honorable lines that never fail to reward, and have in consequence gained the respect of all their fellow citizens.
W. M. Robb
That opportunity is one of the essentials of success and that ability will assert itself when opportunity is found is strikingly demonstrated in the career of Mr. W. M. Robb, of Lambert, who though he has been in Quitman County for less than three years is now one of the foremost citizens of the county, and known as the “live wire” of Lambert.
About two and a half years ago Mr. Robb decided that he would leave Hinds County, the land of the boll weevil, and seek other fields where the handicap to progress was not so great, and where opportunity smiled more kindly. He decided on the Mississippi Delta, of course, and recognizing the fact that Quitman County was one of the youngest and fastest growing counties in the Delta, to Quitman County he came, selecting Lambert, a progressive, rapidly growing town, as his new abode.
Mr. Robb located at Lambert with a good knowledge of the insurance business, and with some good agencies already secured. This footing gave him a good start, but his alertness and admirable business traits soon drew him into the real estate field where he succeeded in handling some of the most extensive realty deals ever before transacted in Quitman County. He has prospered, and has become a large property owner in the community in which he has an abiding faith. There is no better test than this.
In the insurance line Mr. Robb has with him his son, M. C. Robb, the agency being known as Robb & Robb. The junior member of the firm, however, answering his country’s call, has only recently returned from duty overseas and was necessarily withdrawn from his business affairs during his term of service.
Mr. Robb has no doubts about the future growth of Quitman County and Lambert. He has not only invested in town property himself, but also in agricultural property. Near Lambert he has about 400 acres of land under cultivation, principally devoted to cotton of the long staple variety, and uses the most modern methods.
The knowledge of Mr. Robb’s success and leadership is by no means confined to his local acquaintances. He is known in all parts of Mississippi as a leader and an ideal example of high class citizenship in his community.
A number of the best known members of the bar have offices at Lambert, and it is said the legal business here is greater in volume than any town of equal size in the Delta that is not a county site. The constant and ever increasing volume of commercial and realty business in the Lambert neighborhood is in some measure responsible for this, but the ability and reputation of the lawyers living there is a still more important factor.
The law firm of Stone & Stone, one of the foremost law firms of the state, is located at Lambert, and composed of Judge J. D. Stone and a younger brother, Van D. Stone, who has recently removed to Lambert to join the steadily increasing population of this wide-awake town.
J. Deck Stone, realizing the superior advantages of Quitman County, moved to Marks in 1910 and was associated with Judge P. H. Lowrey at that place. But in 1912 Judge Stone decided to make his home and his office at Lambert, where he has built up a practice that makes his office one of the busiest in the Delta.
The Stones both came originally from Montgomery County, but they have been won over to the Delta, convinced that this section offers the greatest opportunities in the world for men of their profession as well as to farmers and those of commercial pursuits.
Deck Stone, in addition to his legal practice, has found time to devote limited attention to some agricultural interests himself. His land near Lambert produces about one hundred bales each year, and is of the famous long staple variety.
Though he has been importuned from time to time Deck Stone has never been a candidate for public office. He has devoted his entire time to his private affairs, and is considered one of the most successful men of his profession. He is a man who has little to say, especially about himself, yet he is unquestionably a leader in his community, and nothing of great importance of public interest is undertaken without his counsel and support.
The fire at Lambert which destroyed so much property caused Judge Stone to lose a very fine library, but this loss, like that of others, is being rapidly replaced. The spirit of the people of Lambert was only strengthened by the temporary misfortune from which they so rapidly and so gamely recovered.
Hon. J. J. Dickey
A pioneer and a sterling citizen is Hon. J. J. Dickey, of Lambert, one of the best informed and most reliable authorities on condition in this growing community.
Mr. Dickey came to Quitman County 36 years ago, and in his younger days was the most extensive planter in his part of the state. In recent years, however, due to advancing age, Mr. Dickey has found it necessary to dispose of most of his holdings. He has at times operated no less than 3,000 acres of farm land in Quitman County, and not long ago sold a tract of nearly 2,000 acres of very rich land.
In former times Mr. Dickey took active part in all important affairs, and served two terms as a member of the Board of Supervisors of Quitman County. He has also served as a member of the Board of Aldermen of Lambert. When he farmed he also conducted a mercantile business in connection with his other interests.
Mr. Dickey, who is about the oldest citizen in his neighborhood at this time, came from Calhoun County to the Delta, but originally came from Murray County, Tenn. He is highly respected by all who know him, and is as progressive as any of the younger men of his community when it comes to promoting the welfare of the people. He is a booster for Lambert, and has strong faith in the future of this wide-awake town.
Hon. W. A. Cole
The story of Quitman County would not be complete without mention of Hon. W. A. Cole, of Lambert, the retiring Chancery Clerk. Mr. Cole will retire from office at the end of the present year, as he was not a candidate for re-election at the recent primaries. He is just finishing a regular four-year term as chancery clerk, having been elected to the office by a good majority. He has decided, however, to devote his time from now on to his private business affairs.
Mr. Cole is perhaps best known in the financial circles, as he was cashier of the Quitman County Bank at Marks for four years, and was one of the original organizers of the bank at Sledge, where he served as cashier for four years also.
Mr. Cole, compared to some, is an old time citizen of Quitman County, as he moved here about sixteen years ago. He, like other men of his type, has prospered while at the same time helping to improve and to build up the community. He has his home at Lambert, and has several hundred acres of valuable land near Lambert.
He is well and favorably known not only at Lambert and Sledge, but in every part of Quitman County, and it is said he has made one of the best chancery clerks the county has ever had.
R. W. Sivley
If you would consult a man who is thoroughly convinced that the Mississippi Delta is the grandest section of the country to live in, we respectfully refer you to Mr. R. W. Sivley, of Lambert.
Mr. Sivley can give some very interesting testimony in favor of this chosen country–especially Quitman County.
“I have been unwise enough at times,” he says, “to go away from the Delta where I have spent approximately twenty years of my life. These years have all been prosperous years, and every time I wandered away I soon found my fortune dwindling. In fact, when I came back the last time I was practically broke, and I told Mrs. Sivley then and there that I never intended to leave the Delta again unless they carried me away in a casket.”
Mr. Sivley, who is a prominent real estate dealer and business man of Lambert, is one of many such examples. All wide-awake, honest men prosper in this splendid country, and those who, for one reason or another ever wander away, hardly ever fail to return as soon as they can.
Mr. Sivley located at Lambert less than two years ago, and since that time has figured in some very important realty transfers. He has mercantile interests in the town of Lambert, as well as agricultural interests in the Lambert vicinity. This gentlemen is well posted on values of lands in the Delta, and he considers the farming country around Lambert superior to most other alluvial land sections. He is a good authority on land values and land production and is in position to furnish detail information to prospective settlers and investors.
No one is better known at Lambert than Van Savage, and no one is in better position to give more accurate information than he is regarding the conditions and prospects in the Lambert neighborhood where he resides.
Mr. Savage has lived in this glorious country for no less than fourteen years, and is pretty good evidence himself of its splendid opportunities. He is a farmer, according to his own admission, yet modestly confesses to operating a thousand acres of rich land near Lambert.
Mr. Savage devotes the major part of his land to the production of long staple cotton, but endeavors to raise sufficient corn each year to take care of his own needs. He is rated among the progressive farmers of this section, and is considered a successful business man as well, being vice-president of the Quitman County Bank.
He came originally from Tate County, Miss., but like others, is now a confirmed Delta booster, and his friends assert he couldn’t be pulled away from Lambert for any consideration.
O. M. Prater
The mayor of Lambert is a business man, and Lambert is having a business admininistration. Improvements under way and in prospect are offered in evidence.
O. M. Prater, the mayor of Lambert is engaged in business as a merchant of his town, conducting a grocery store, and carrying a line of drugs and sundries for the accommodation of the trade. The store was established June 1, 1919.
Mr. Prater has lived at Lambert since 1913, and was for a time bookkeeper and secretary for Dr. H. D. Glass. He is not at this time devoting attention to farming, but is a busy man with his mercantile and official duties.
The mayor of Lambert is a native of Tate County, and came to Lambert from that county some six years ago. Before assuming office as mayor of the town he was a justice of the peace in his district, rendering valuable service to the community as an officer of the law.
The Lambert folks are in position to boast of having the finest department store in Quitman County. Porter’s is conceded to be the leading establishment of this class in this part of the Delta.
Mr. B. W. Porter, formerly of Franklin County, Miss., and a merchant of wide experience, established his store at Lambert as late as 1915, but during that time it has developed into an institution that would do credit to Clarksdale or Greenwood. It embraces every department of merchandise, and has an adjoining store used exclusively as a grocery.
Mr. Porter first bought out the Planters Supply Company when he came to Lambert. The business was developed, and recently a new building was completed to take care of the increase in trade. The store is located near the center of the main business street, and is known far and wide as an up-to-date establishment of the first class.
Mr. Porter has recently returned from St. Louis and other market centers where he made purchases that will assure the trade of everything they will need during the coming season. It is no longer necessary for people in the Lambert neighborhood to go to Memphis or other cities to buy their requirements, no matter how high class, as they can get the same identical goods at Porter’s, and have the satisfaction of knowing they are patronizing home industry.
Porter’s is certainly a credit to the town of Lambert and Quitman County.
Alvis & Lowrey
Lambert is unquestionably ahead of other towns in Quitman County in respect to modern business establishments, and no institution is more creditable to this wide-awake community than the big hardware and furniture store of Alvis & Lowrey, located on the main street of the town.
The origin of this store lies with Mr. J. L. Alvis who established a business at Lambert in 1916, but it was two years later that the present firm of Alvis & Lowrey was formed. It is indeed equal to a majority of similar firms found in much larger centers.
Alvis & Lowrey have the largest hardware and furniture house in Quitman County. They carry a full and general line of everything in the hardware sphere, including the latest devices, both for the home and for the farm. Their furniture department which is in the same building, is an emporium for providing the home with every standard household necessity and luxury. They include many things musical–pianos, phonographs, victrolas and such things that tend to make the home happier and the family more contented.
One of the most substantial brick buildings at Lambert is the home of Alvis & Lowrey. The firm is conducted on most up-to-date business principles, and enjoys a popularity and volume of trade unequalled in their section of the state.
Mr. Alvis, it is said, came to the Delta from Marshall County, and Mr. Lowrey from Tippah County originally. Jointly these gentlemen operate several hundred acres of rich farm land near Lambert. They are well posted on farming conditions and living conditions throughout their section, and have absolute faith in the future of Lambert and Quitman County.
City Drug Store
One of the best advertisements Lambert has at this time is the City Drug Store, located on the most prominent corner, and conducted by Dr. H. L. Hamilton, a leading physician of Quitman County.
Dr. Hamilton’s store is located in the handsome three-story brick building that attracts one’s attention the first thing upon arrival at Lambert. It is undoubtedly one of the most attractively arranged and the most sanitary of any establishment in the entire Mississippi Delta. A full line of drugs, sundries, toilet articles and a pharmacy compose the arrangement, besides a modern soda fountain which dispenses soft drinks equal to any to be found in the larger cities.
The City Drug Store may be designated as the popular meeting place of Lambert, as it is here the citizens of the new town and the surrounding country come in daily contact as they drop in to get a drink or some needed article for the home. Confections, stationery and the latest periodicals find their most popular distributing point here.
Dr. Hamilton is given the credit for establishing this useful and popular institution and for the benefits derived from its efficient management. Only a few years ago the doctor bought out the store of Dr. Glass which was in another building, later destroyed by fire. It was then that he decided to erect the present creditable business block in which the drug store is located.
Coming originally from Stanton, Va., Dr. Hamilton has spent a number of years in the Mississippi Delta, and is convinced of its superior advantages. At Lambert he owns some of the most valuable town property which he has acquired while still busily engaged in the practice of medicine. He has always remained true to his profession even in the face of exacting business affairs, a principle that is appreciated by the citizens among whom he has lived for nine years.
The retail stores at Lambert are admitted to be the most up-to-date to be found anywhere in that section of the state. None is more complete than the store of Ben Teplit which carries a full line of general merchandise, and in fact, can properly be called a department store.
Mr. Teplit came from Memphis, Tenn., to Lambert, about three years ago, and he has done well. He not only has one of the largest stores at Lambert, but also has some farming interests. He does some furnishing to farmers, but the greatest part of his trade is in cash. Clothing, dry goods, groceries and provisions of every description for the home and farm are included in the large stock at Teplit’s.
This is only one of the many instances to show the opportunities in the Lambert section of Quitman County. Mr. Teplit is a good live merchant, but the country is prosperous and that counts a whole lot, too.
One of the most remarkable instances of business success in the Delta is found in the case of Mr. F. P. Cassidy, a young merchant of Lambert.
Mr. Cassidy came to Lambert a few years ago as a clerk in the leading drug store, and after working on a salary for a time decided that he ought to be able to make a success in business himself. Subsequently he started the firm that is now known as “Cassidy’s”, and which is located on about the most convenient and desirable corner in Lambert.
With a modest beginning–actually with a capital of less than one hundred dollars–this store is now one of the leading mercantile establishments in the town. The wonderful growth of this business is admitted by all familiar with the facts. It only goes to show what an energetic, wide-awake man with business ability can accomplish in this country if he will only try.
Cassidy’s has a full line of merchandise of every kind–clothing, dry goods, groceries and everything needed for the home and farm. While a limited furnishing business is carried on by Mr. Cassidy, the most of the trade is in cash.
A visit to this store is well worth while to anyone. A courteous reception and the very best service await them.
Glass & Ellison Motor Co.
The sale of seventy-one high class automobiles in one year is no light record for even a larger automobile center than Lambert, yet only the inability to secure the cars has prevented the Glass & Ellison Motor Company, of Lambert, from exceeding the above figures. It is doubtful if there is another agency located in a similar sized town that can eclipse this record of sale for cars of the first class.
The Glass & Ellison Motor Company handle the Studebaker and the Buick cars. They maintain, however, a complete general service station where all makes of cars are repaired and supplied. The firm is located in a spacious brick building that would do credit to any city, and every modern convenience available is adopted in the arrangement and maintenance of this up-to-date establishment.
The Glass & Ellison Motor Company is owned by Dr. H. D. Glass and Mr. H. S. Ellison and is conducted as a partnership. Mr. Ellison, however, has the active management of the entire establishment. Although a young man Mr. Ellison has already met with marked success in his business activities at Lambert. Coming from Grenada, Miss., several years ago, he first engaged in the mercantile business at Lambert, but later, when perceiving the wonderful future of the motor world, he decided to enter that rapidly expanding field, and allied himself wisely with the wizard of Lambert, Dr. H. D. Glass, whose every investment is an assurance of success.
Mr. Ellison’s energy, coupled with his natural pleasant personality, have drawn to him a large following to such an extent, in fact, that there is virtually no competition in his field. His popularity, also, has extended beyond the realm of business, as he has served as mayor of Lambert for several years, and is at this time a member of the board of aldermen.
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