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FORREST, S. LAMAR (1892–1948). S. Lamar Forrest, lumber merchant, was born on November 23, 1892, in Madison County, Texas, the son of Sidney Samuel and Ora Celia (Robinson) Forrest. He attended Clarendon College from 1908 to 1910 and graduated from Seth Ward College in Plainview in 1912. He married Myrtle Robertson on October 13, 1916, and they had three children. Lamar developed a prosperous network of building-supply stores in West Texas and gained national recognition for his merchandising skill. In 1934 he became a director of the Lumbermen's Association of Texas and during 1937–38 served as its president. The following year he was made a director in the National Retail Lumber Dealers' Association, of which he was president in 1944. During World War II he was a member of the War Production Board and held the position of industrial advisor to the Office of Price Administration. He died of a heart attack on February 28, 1948.


Seymour V. Connor, ed., Builders of the Southwest (Lubbock: Southwest Collection, Texas Technological College, 1959).

Roy Sylvan Dunn


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Roy Sylvan Dunn, "FORREST, S. LAMAR," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.