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Reuben Caleb Lyon
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Birth: Dec. 15, 1822
Franklinville
Cattaraugus County
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 18, 1887
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Reuben C. Lyon, pioneer, and one of the builders of Wood County, was born in Franklinville, N. Y., Dec. 13, 1822, of English and Scotch ancestry. In early manhood he learned the tanner's trade, and in 1846 came west to Centralia, Wis., now the west side of Wisconsin Rapids, and found employment as bookkeeper for the Neeves Lumber Co. His rise was rapid. In 1848 he and Henry A. Sampson, as the firm of Lyon & Sampson, built a sawmill on the site of the Centralia Pulp and Water Power Company plant. Later he sold tills to Tim Hurley and Hugh Burns, and in 1866 built a shingle mill where the Consolidated Paper Mill now stands. Of this mill he was the sole proprietor until 1882, when he sold to Mack & Spencer, who turned it into a pulp mill. Mr. Lyon then retired. He had attained a high position in the community as an enterprising and honorable business man and a progressive citizen who was a strong factor in the development of the community. He served one term as mayor of Centralia, and he was county supervisor for many years. His death took place in October, 1887. Mr. Lyon was married in 1849 to Esther Jane Hill, who was born in Masonville, Vt., March 28, 1829, daughter of Jonah and Sarah (Manson) Hill, who settled in Beloit, Wis., in 1845. Mr. and Mrs. Lyon were the parents of seven children: Lydia Harriet, now Mrs. James T. Houston of Wisconsin Rapids; Theron of St. Marie, Idaho; Clark of Wisconsin Rapids; Esther Jane, widow of William Hooper of Nekoosa, Wood County; Reuben of Marshfield, Ore.; Henrietta, now Mrs. James Natwick of Wisconsin Rapids; and Russell, a retired dentist residing in Wausau, Wis.
--HISTORY OF WOOD COUNTY page 412; courtesy of contributor #46936035 
 
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 Parents:
  Jonathan H Lyon (1796 - 1856)
  Harriet Alexander Perkins Lyon (1800 - 1880)
 
 Spouse:
  Esther Jane Hill Lyon (1829 - 1909)
 
 Children:
  Clark Lyon (1853 - 1928)*
  Esther Jane Lyon Hooper (1856 - 1931)*
  Henrietta Lyon Natwick (1864 - 1954)*
  Russell Lyon (1868 - 1938)*
 
 Siblings:
  Reuben Caleb Lyon (1822 - 1887)
  Clarissa Lyon (1824 - 1826)*
  Delos Eugene Lyon (1832 - 1913)*
  J Dezelle Lyon (1833 - 1842)*
  Clara P. Lyon McMillan (1839 - 1920)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Hill Cemetery
Wisconsin Rapids
Wood County
Wisconsin, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 44.4013, -89.80413
 
Created by: Keith
Record added: Sep 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96563776
Reuben Caleb Lyon
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