Saturday, February 27, 2010

Taxi!


When Butch Lambert returned from the war, he operated a taxi service in Fulton with his brother Norma. This advertisement of their company appeared in the Itawamba County Times on January 8, 1946. Many folks in Itawamba County remember A. C. "Butch" Lambert. He was a star on the 1937-1941 I.A.H.S. football teams, serving as captain his last two years. After graduation, Butch entered the Navy and served until his honorable discharge in the spring of 1946. Butch then took advantage of the G.I. Bill and entered school at Ole Miss, trying out for the football team, and taking his wife Ida and son, Butchie, with him to Oxford. In August 1946, proud of their native son, the Times reported on the front page of the newspaper that Butch made the squad of 65 on the team, out of 120 men trying out. "You have been selected for your ability and spirit shown in practice," the letter from then Coach H. D. Drew said. Butch also played under legendary coach Johnny Vaught.

Butch was actually born in Tishomingo County, in the former community of Holcut. I say "former" because when the Tenn-Tom Waterway was built in the late 70s's and early 80's Holcut met its demise when the canal was dug to connect the Tombigbee River to the Tennessee River, and the community now lies under water.

Here is the Lambert family in the 1930 census. Sometime thereafter, the family moved to Fulton.

1930 Census
Tishomingo County, Mississippi
Holcut - Beat Three
A. Grady Lambert 30 MS MS MS farmer
Gertrude 26 MS MS MS wife
Norma H. 10 MS son
Aaron C. 7 MS son
Freeda E. 4 mo. MS daughter

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