Charles T. Lyon, postmaster of Conroy and manager of the Conroy Drug Store, was born in Marengo, Iowa, on the
9th of September, 1873, of the marriage of Asher M. and Josephine (Haverly) Lyon, both of whom are still living
in Marengo. He passed his boyhood and youth in his native city and was graduated from the high school of that place
in 1891. However, prior to that time he began the study of pharmacy in the drug store of F. O. Goldthwaite, where
he was employed for four or five years and upon leaving there went to Sioux City, where he worked in a drug store
for two or three years. At the end of that time he returned to Marengo and in 1900 passed the examination of the
state board of pharmaceutical examiners, becoming a registered pharmacist. During the next two years his time was
taken up with his duties as deputy treasurer, serving under Henry Goldthwaite. At the end of that time he left
the office and in company with T. M. Clevenger, then county superintendent of schools, established a drug business
in Marengo. After six months Mr. Lyon purchased the interest of his partner and became sole proprietor, conducting
the store for eight years. He then sold out and for a time represented a cigar and tobacco house upon the road,
after which he located in Des Moines and helped to open a drug store, where he was employed for about two years.
After spending about thirteen months in Marion, Iowa, he came to Conroy, arriving here in August, 1914. He opened
the store owned by the Conroy Drug Company and has since been its manager. The store has been well patronized since
its establishment and its trade has grown steadily in volume. Much care is taken to fill prescriptions accurately
with drugs of known purity and a full line of druggists' sundries is also carried. Much of the success of the business
is due to Mr. Lyon's knowledge of the trade and his close attention to all details.
In July, 1900, Miss Frances A. Henderson, of Marengo, became the wife of Mr. Lyon. She is a daughter of the late
A. M. Henderson, for many years cashier of the Marengo Savings Bank. Mr. and Mrs. Lyon have a son, Alfred Asher.
Mr. Lyon is a republican in politics and has taken considerable interest in public affairs. He has served as a
member of the Marengo city council, as city clerk, as treasurer of the school board and on the tst of October,
1914, was appointed postmaster of Conroy. Fraternally he is connected with Marengo Lodge, No. 1t4, A. F. &
A. M.; Jerusalem Chapter, No. 72, R. A. M.; and Marengo Lodge, No. 30, K. P. He is prominent not only in business
circles but in politics and in general civic affairs and in all of those lines of activity his influence has made
for the good of the community.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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