John & Marjorie
By Scott Andrew Lamb
John Lamb Obituary - Niagara Falls Review, 28 June 1957
John Lamb of 1513 Victoria Avenue, one of the best known members of the community died
this morning. He was 96 years old.
Mr. Lamb was one of the city’s pioneer building contractors. He was born in Brant County on
the farm of his parents, Elizabeth Hicks and William Lamb, situated on the town line between
Brant, Wentworth and Haldimand counties.
His mother was the first white girl born in Onondaga Township, at the east end of Brant County.
He remained on the farm until 19 years of age when he left to learn the building trade. Moving to
London he remained 5 years and after marrying, moved to Brantford where he resided for 10
years before taking up residence in this city in 1903.
Mr. Lamb formed a partnership with William Henry which continued for over a decade. They
built a large number of homes in the vicinity of the Collegiate and Vocational Institute. After
dissolving the partnership he continued in business alone and built a number of houses on
Simcoe Street and in other parts of the municipality.
A prominent figure in fraternal circles, Mr. Lamb was a life member of Clifton Lodge No. 254
A.F. and A.M., Elgin Lodge of Perfection, Hamilton Consistory 32 nd degree and he was a
He is survived by three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Vera Lamb Fowler and Miss Jessie
Lamb of this city, Mrs. Fred W. Bonacker (Kathleen) of Lewiston, New York and Herschel
and Jack Lamb of this city.
Mr. Lamb is resting at the Hetherington and Deans Funeral Chapel on Victoria Avenue. A
private service will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 29 June. The internment will be made in
John Lamb’s 95 th Birthday - Niagara Falls Review, 18 February, 1956,
On Monday last, John Lamb celebrated his 95 th birthday at his home, 1513 Victoria Avenue
with a family gathering. Mr. Lamb has been a resident in this city for the past 52 years. He was a
pioneer building contractor in this area and constructed many homes and other buildings before
his retirement several years ago. Following his retirement he acted as a housing inspector in
Niagara Falls for many years.
One of his most avid hobbies has been gardening. He was very interested in the work of the
horticultural groups. During the war years he was awarded first prize in the Victory Garden
Contest, conducted by the Niagara Falls Horticultural Society.
Among his prized possessions is the album he presented his wife, Jessie Chapman Lamb, two
years prior to their marriage in 1888. Mrs. Lamb died in 1918. Another valued possession is the
family Bible, which records the birth of his children.
During his residence here, the nonagenarian has been active in several organizations, including
the Shriners and Elgin Lodge of Perfection. He is a 32 nd degree Mason and a life member of
Clifton Lodge No. 254 A.F. and A.M.
Mr. Lamb was born in Onondaga Township in Brant County. This is located near the Six Nations
Indian reserve. He is the eldest and only surviving member of a family of 8.
Among the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Lamb are Mrs. Vera Fowler and Miss Jessie Lamb,
at home; Herschel Andrew Lamb, Lundy’s Lane; Mrs. F.W. Bonacker (Kathleen), Lewiston,
New York and John Lamb Jr., Walnut Street. Completing the family are 11 grandchildren,
Andrew, Patricia, John Sherwood, Linda, David, Karen, Lois and Vera, Fred Bonacker Jr.
and Mrs. (Jean) William Walker. The eleventh grandchild, Gerald Lamb, is in the Royal
Canadian Navy, stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Marjory Virginia (“Virginia”) Lamb - Obituary from the Clifton Springs Press (New York), 6
Lichty Family Bereaved by Sad Accident
The Sanitarium “family” and the people of this village generally, were shocked on Tuesday
morning when it was learned that little Marjory Lamb, the two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Herschel Lamb (Marjory E. Lichty) and grand-daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Alden Lichty,
had lost her life by drowning.
The child had been playing around the Foster Cottage where with her mother she had been
spending some time. Unnoticed, she wandered away from the cottage. In a few minutes her
absence was discovered and search was made for her. On Main Street, in the park and on
Pleasant Street, the child’s mother and Mrs. Lichty, with others, searched for the missing child.
Soon after, the little girl’s body was discovered in the duck pond which is a short distance from
the cottage. The child was rushed to the Sanitarium, where it was discovered life had fled.
Marjory Virginia Lamb would have been two years old on November 16 th . Mr. and Mrs.
Herschel Lamb, the father and mother, live at Niagara Falls, Ontario.
The funeral service was held, yesterday afternoon, with Rev. J.Q. Adams of Geneva officiating.
A service was held in Niagara Falls at the home of Mr. Lamb’s father, John Lamb. Burial was
made in Niagara Falls.
Notes: Herschel and Marjory had no other children and were later divorced in Nevada. Marjory
then married Howard Hunter, Head of the WPA in the Roosevelt administration, from whom
she was later divorced. She died in Phoenix, Arizona in 1980. Herschel later married Emily E.
Moss, of Buffalo, N.Y. and had three children, Herschel Andrew Jr., Patricia Ann and John
Sherwood. He died in 1962 and is buried in the Lundy’s Lane cemetery. Marjory, despite the
divorce, flew from Arizona to attend Herschel’s funeral. Herschel wore her Vassar ring until his
death despite his remarriage.
John Lamb (1861 – 1957), wife Jessie [nee Chapman] (1862 – 1918), daughters Vera Fowler
(1895 – 1959) and Jessie E. (1905 – 1980) as well as baby Marjory (1925 – 1927) are buried in
the family plot at Fairview, Section K, plot 73.
Submitted by Scott Andrew Lamb, great grandson (Herschel Andrew “Andy” Lamb, Herschel
Andrew Lamb Sr.).