William D. (1862 - 1933)
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Surnames: LYON SHAVER
----Sources: The Loyal Tribune 19 Jan 1933
Lyon, William D. (4 MAY 1862 - 9 JAN 1933)
William Dewitt Lyon, youngest son of Elijah B. and Phoeba Ann Lyon, was born May 4, 1862, on a farm in Rubicon Township, Dodge County, Wisconsin.
When he was about four years of age, the parents moved to Clark County, driving through with two yoke of oxen. They settled on an eighty acre tract of wooded land in Loyal Township. Moving into an old log house which stood in a little opening of the timber, the pioneer family undertook the task of carving out a farm and home. In due time much of the land was cleared and a larger log house was built.
Mr. Lyon obtained his education in the Clark County Schools. His early manhood was spent on the home farm, forty acres of which he took over in time, adding to it another one-hundred-twenty acres to make a good farm. On this he built a frame house, a good basement barn, a silo, machine shed and other necessary buildings.
On April 25th, 1887, he was united in marriage to Lillie Shaver of Loyal Township. In the years that followed, he devoted his major interest to his farm and became in time one of the successful and prosperous men of his township. Among other interests and activities he included that of helping to organize the North Star Cheese Factory of Loyal Township. He was also a stockholder in the Citizens State Bank of Loyal.
In 1915, due to health reasons, he gave up the active management of the farm and moved to Loyal. Here he resided until December when he moved to his farm two miles north of Loyal.
Mr. Lyon had enjoyed fairly good health since 1915. A year ago his condition was precarious, but after recovery seemed quite well. Death came very suddenly while he was helping with chores about 7:00 Monday evening, January 9th.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Lillie Shaver Lyon; three sons, Clair, who is on the home farm in Loyal Township, Rollie, who is at home, and Lafayette of LaCrosse; one daughter, Echo, also at home; one brother, Angelo Lton of Neillsville; sven grandchildren, numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Mr. Lyon was a man respected and trusted by his neighbors and friends, and honored and loved by his family. They truly say of him,
he is "gone but not forgotten,"
I heard the voice of Jesus say.
"Come unto me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down,
Thy head upon my breast!"
I came to Jesus as I was.
Weary and worn and sad;
I found in him a resting place.
And he has made me glad.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 at the farm residence and at 2 o’clock in the M. E. Church here. The Rev. W. Norman Grandy officiated. Interment was in the Loyal Cemetery.
The following were honorary pall bearers; George Anderson, C. B. Esselman, J. M. Philpott and Philip White. Active pall bearers were: Alfred Castner, Albert Davel, John Habhegger, Joe Motchbacher, William Seeman and Fred Stutte.
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