Homer Thomas Lambert

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 24, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 268
Wayne County

HOMER THOMAS LAMBERT. Success in life along any
path of endeavor demands energy, aggressiveness, proper
preparation and self-reliance. Genius and talent may also
be present, but for permanency, practicality and the homely
virtues are necessary. To the undoubted possession of these
may be attributed in part at least the success that has
crowned the efforts of Homer Thomas Lambert, of Hunting-
ton, a jobber for mine, mill and general contractors’ equip-
ments, a manufacturer and a man variously connected with
leading business enterprises.

Mr. Lambert was born at Kilgore, Boyd County, Ken-
tucky, September 12, 1884, a son of Samuel T. and Maggie
(Simpson) Lambert, and belongs to a family which orig-
inated in France and was founded in Virginia during
Colonial times. His grandfather, William Lambert, was
born in 1824, in Wayne County, Virginia (now West Vir-
ginia), where he was reared and educated, and as a young
man removed to Boyd County, Kentucky, where he was
married. He was a carpenter by trade, and followed that
vocation until enlisting in the Union army for service dur-
ing the war between the states, in which he saw much
active service. At the close of the struggle he returned
to his trade, and lived in Boyd and Greenup counties, Ken-
tucky, but finally went to Blue Springs, Gage County,
Nebraska, where he died in 1906. He was a republican in
politics. Mr. Lambert married Elizabeth Ferguson, who was
born in Wayne County, and died in Greenup County, Ken-
tucky, in 1864.

Samuel T. Lambert, who is now a resident of Matewan,
Mingo County, West Virginia, was born March 7, 1861,
in Greenup County, Kentucky, where he was reared and
educated, and as a young man became identified with coal
operations, in which he has been interested throughout his
career. In 1893 he removed to Thacker, Mingo County, this
state, and five years later to Matewan, where he has been
superintendent and general manager of the Red Jacket
Consolidated Coal and Coke Company and of several other
companies. In 1912 he engaged in mine operations on his
own account, and in 1916 embarked in the general mer-
cantile business, in which he is still interested, having the
leading general store at Matewan. One of his community’s
most prominent and influential citizens, he is serving in the
capacity of mayor, and for the past sixteen years has been
president of the Board of Education. He is a stanch repub-
lican in his political sympathies, belongs to the Masonic
fraternity, and holds membership in Bluefield Lodge No.
269, B. P. O. E.; Thacker Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Thacker;
and Red Jacket Lodge, K. of P., of Matewan. In 1882
Mr. Lambert married at Geigerville, Boyd County, Ken-
tucky, Miss Maggie Simpson, of Kilgore, Kentucky, who
died at Thacker, West Virginia, in 1895. They were the
parents of five children, as follows: Marvin, a bookkeeper
for the Borderland Coal Company at Borderland, West Vir-
ginia; Homer Thomas, of this review; Maggie, who died
unmarried in 1916, aged twenty-four years; Ethel, the wife
of Luther Hill, train dispatcher for the Norfolk & Western
Railroad at Williamson, West Virginia; and Haven, an
employe of a United States Government stamping mill at
Thane, Alaska, who met his death in a fall from a building
in 1915, when twenty-two years of age. In 1897, at
Thacker, West Virginia, Samuel T. Lambert married Miss
Dora Christian, who was born at Matewan, West Virginia,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Christian, the latter de-
ceased and the former an agriculturist of Okeeffe, West
Virginia. To this union there have been born two children:
Willie, who left home and has not been heard from; and
Frank, who resides with his parents.

The public schools of Red Jacket, West Virginia, fur-
nished Homer Thomas Lambert with his primary educational
training, following which he pursued a course at the Na-
tional Business College of Roanoke, Virginia, from which
institution he was graduated as a member of the class of
1904. His first employment was as chief electrician of the
Eed Jacket mines of Mingo, where he remained two years,
and was next with the Jeffrey Manufacturing Company of
Columbus, Ohio, for one year. He left this position to be-
come master mechanic and electrician with the Pike Col-
lieries at Matewan, but after six months joined the Glen
Allum Coal Company, Glen Allum, West Virginia, as elec-
trician, remaining six months. Mr. Lambert erected the
plant of the McDowell Coal and Coke Company at Mc-
Dowell, West Virginia, in 1907, and was then with the
Goodwill Coal and Coke Company of Goodwill, this state,
as chief electrician, for ten months. His next experience
was as a traveling salesman for the Emmons-Hawkins
Hardware Company of Huntington, for three months, fol-
lowing which he joined the Superior Supply Company of
Bluefield, West Virginia, as a traveling salesman, with head
quarters at Graham, Virginia. In 1911 he left this coin
pany and accepted a position with the Queen City Supply
Company of Cincinnati, handling mining, mill and con-
tractors’ supplies, and while engaged with this concern
came to Huntington in 1913. In January, 1915, he resigned
his position and embarked in business on his own account
as a jobber for mine, mill and general contractors’ supplies
and equipment, and is so engaged at the present time, hav-
ing built up the leading business at Huntington. He is
likewise engaged in the manufacture of frogs, switches and
light track material for the mines, of which there are 2,200
coal mines within a radius of 150 miles of Huntington. His
offices are situated at No. 1017-18 First National Bank
Building, and the plant is at Fifteenth Street and Jackson
Avenue, West Huntington, on the B. & O. and C. & O.
railroads. Mr. Lambert is president and general manager
of the H. T. Lambert Company, and president of the
Linville Oil and Gas Company. He is a democrat in his
political allegiance, and his religious connection is with the
Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Fraternally he belongs
to Huntington Lodge No. 53, A. F. and A. M.; Huntington
Chapter No. 6, R. A. M.; Huntington Commandery No. 9,
K. T.; Lodge of Perfection No. 4, and Knights of the
Rose Croix No. 4, Huntington, West Virginia; West Vir-
ginia Consistory No. 1, Wheeling, thirty-second degree;
Beni-Kedem Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., Charleston; and
Huntington Lodge No. 313, B. P. O. E. He holds member-
ship also in the Huntington Chamber of Commerce and the
Jobbers and Manufacturers Bureau of Huntington, and
is a member and director of the Lions Club. Mr. Lambert
owns a modern residence at 614 First Street, one of the
attractive homes of Huntington.

On July 5, 1908, at Ironton, Ohio, Mr. Lambert was
united in marriage with Miss Vernon Webb, daughter of
James and Elizabeth (Brewster) Webb, the latter of whom
resides with Mr. and Mrs. Lambert, while the former died
at Hanging Rock, Ohio, where he was a cupola tender. Four
children have come to Mr. and Mrs. Lambert: Cecil, born
April 9, 1909; Howard A., born June 25, 1911; Eleanor
Margaret; and Frances Louise.