Lambert OK - Alfalfa County
"Thought you might like to include LAMBERT in your description of Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. According to George H. Shirk's Oklahoma Place Names "Second Edition Revised and Enlarged", Lambert in Alfalfa County, 8 miles Southwest [6 miles South, 2 West] of Cherokee, A post office from November 21, 1901 to April 30, 1952. Named for Ambrose Lambert, town site owner.
Lambert was the site of a consolidated rural school system that I attended for 12 years, graduating in 1956. At that time there were 10 graduating seniors, and 32 students in four years of highschool. Subsequently, the system was absorbed by Cherokee Public Schools. The schoolgrounds were auctioned off, and the educational building torn down and sold as used brick. The gym became a hay barn with hardwood floors.
By the way, the post office shared building space with a convenience grocery, a deli, a service station and a tire shop. Lambert was contiguous (west) to Yewed. Yewed had the railroad, Lambert the school.
During my school years, the road sign said "Lambert Pop 100". I tried to count up and couldn't find past 40 souls. Yewed was monopolized by the McCrady family. John was the patriarch, and his daughter Pauline (a spinster) took over the family business after her father's death, dba the J H McCrady estate. John owned the elevator and the feed store, and the post office was on his property. He is buried in Cherokee cemetery and his gravestone is shaped like a grain elevator. His epitaph: 'There is no substitute for an independent grain dealer'." -- Al Weigand, Jacksonville, FL
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Comments: Thanks for the interesting history! ~Sandie Olson 2012-01-19 15:04:37
I was born in Cherokee in 1929 and attended Lambert for part of first and second grade. John McCrady was my great uncle. I spent the summer of 1950 on the farm with my Uncle Earl(Buck) and Aunt Myrtle
McCready. ~Gerald Arnold 2012-01-19 10:39:52
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