A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
JUDGE ARTHUR C. LYON, judge of the Superior Court at Grinnell, is a native
son of Iowa, and has won distinction in the field of the law, in public service
and in business.
He was born at Rockford, Iowa, November 16, 1874. His father, Oelo Henry
Lyon, was born at East Woodstock, Connecticut, January 20, 1835, and in early
manhood came to Iowa, in 1856, and was one of the pioneers of Cedar Falls. He
became prominent as a farmer and stock man, banker, and member of the
Legislature. He died June 18, 1904. He was for four years in the Union army as a
captain in the Third Iowa Battery of Light Artillery. Captain Lyon married,
in 1867, Miss Belle Alden, of Keene, New Hampshire, who died October 25, 1905.
Of their seven children five are living: Mrs. Anna S. Patton, of Mason
city; Mrs. Jesse Brown Button, of Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada; Arthur
Chandler, of Grinnell; Mrs. Edna Belle Pooley, of Grinnell, and Mrs. Susie Elizabeth
Long, of Mason City.
Arthur Chandler Lyon attended public schools in Rockford, Floyd County,
graduating from high school in 1890, and in the fall of the same year entered
Grinnell College. He has always been one of the most loyal of the alumni of
Grinnell and since 1908 has served on the board of trustees. He was graduated
with the degree Bachelor of Philosophy at the end of his four year course in
1894, and won letters in baseball and football, and was elected a Phi Beta
Kappa on his scholarship record. After teaching a term in Floyd County he was
for about a year connected with the J. Shepardson Bank of Marble Rick, for
three years was principal of the Rockford High School, and for one year
principal of the high school at Mason City.
In 1900 he entered Harvard University School of Law, graduating LL. B. in
1903. While in law school he also played football. In 1904 he was admitted to
the Iowa bar, and at first was associated with the law office of Clark &
McLaughlin at Des Moines, but in 1905 opened an office of his own. In February,
1906, he was appointed general attorney for the Spaulding Manufacturing
Company of Grinnell, and served that corporation as general counsel until 1917.
In 1908 he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
For a civilian Judge Lyon was interested with an unusual burden of
responsibilities during the World war. In 1918 he entered the American Red Cross
service. He was assigned as Red Cross director at Payne Feild, Mississippi, was
then transferred to Camp Shelby at Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as field
director, then to Camp McClellan at Anniston, Alabama, and from there was called to
the Division Office at New Orleans, working in the military relief
department. In May, 1919, he was sent to Vladivostok, Siberia, as head of military
relief, and served in that portion of the Far East a year and a half, his chief
work being in getting the Czechoslovakian soldiers back home and in
participation in child relief.
Judge Lyon returned home in July 1920, and resumed his connection with civic
affairs as vice president of the Grinnell Washing Machine Company at
Grinnell. In 1925 he was elected Superior Court Judge and has been on the bench for
four years. Judge Lyon is a Republican, is a member of the Congregational
Church, is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and B. P. O. Elks.
He married Miss Alma Christian, February 4, 1914. She was born at Grinnell,
where their home is at 1430 Broad Street, while Judge Lyon's offices are in
the Beyer Building.
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