LYMAN LEE BYBEE.
For a number of years Lyman Lee Bybee was actively engaged in agriculture and still owns three hundred and forty
five acres of fine land although he now devotes his time to other lines of work. He owns one of the best equipped
garages in Knoxville and does a large business in that connection and also as agent for two well known makes of
cars. He is a man of prominence in political circles of this part of the state and is now representing his district
in the state legislature.
Mr. Bybee was born in Kosciusko county, Indiana, on the 3d of April, 1856, a son of Jacob and Anna (Mayer) Bybee,
natives of Ohio and Pennsylvania respectively. His paternal grandfather, Washington Bybee, was born in Virginia
and was a son of John Bybee, also a native of the Old Dominion. The last named was a veteran of the Revolutionary
war and moved to Ohio at an early day in the history of that state. Washington Bybee was a farmer and stockman
and well known in his locality. His son, Jacob Bybee, removed to Indiana when a young man and devoted his time
to farming and the buying and selling of stock. Both he and his wife are deceased.
Lyman L. Bybee's educational advantages were limited to the course offered in the public schools and on the 7th
of March, 1876, when a young man of twenty years, he came to Iowa, locating in Knoxville, where for a few years
he followed his trade, that of a carpenter. He was married in 1878 and in 1880 purchased a farm in Washington township.
He resided upon his place and personally cultivated it until 1902. He also owned another tract comprising two hundred
acres, his real estate aggregating five hundred and forty five acres, of which he still owns three hundred and
forty five acres, and his farm returns to him a gratifying annual income. He was much interested in the breeding
of fast horses while farming and owned Franker, who made a record of 2:10 3/4. In 1902 Mr. Bybee removed to Knoxville
and has since resided in this city. In that year he assumed the duties of county sheriff, to which office he had
been elected in the fall previous. He served two terms, or five years, and did good work in the preservation of
the peace and the apprehension of malefactors. At the expiration of his second term of office he established a
furniture and undertaking business, which he conducted for about six years, selling out in February, 1914. In 1913
he built a garage sixty by one hundred and twenty feet in dimensions, of concrete construction and with a living
room above. A complete repair shop is located here and he does a great deal of that kind of work. He also has the
agency for the Ford and Overland cars and is proving an aggressive representative of the interests of the manufacturers.
In 1913 Mr. Bybee was elected a representative to the thirty fourth general assembly and his record as a lawmaker
has amply justified the trust and confidence placed in him by his constituents. The casting of his ballot has always
been determined by the bearing of any proposed bill upon the general welfare and his vote has always been given
in support of any measure that sought the public good.
Mr. Bybee was married in 1878 to Miss Elizabeth Emma Bellamy, of this county, a daughter of Wiley and Sarah Eliza
(Snyder) Bellamy, both natives of Ohio. Her father died while serving in the Civil war. The family were among the
pioneer settlers of this county, arriving in the early '40s. To Mr. and Mrs. Bybee seven children have been born.
Gertrude married William Bain, of Des Moines, and they have five children. Lloyd L., who is associated with his
father in the management of the garage, married Gertrude Jordan and they have three children. Anna Eliza is the
wife of William J. Whitlatch, of Indiana township, and they have one child. Allen P., who is engaged in the furniture
and undertaking business, married Kathryn Clive and they have two children. Erwa A., who is engaged in farming
the homestead, married Miss Ruby Reese, by whom he has one child. Stella S. is the wife of John J. Clark of Knoxville
township. Othello B. is at home.
Mr. Bybee is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church and contributes to the furtherance of its work.
He is a republican and, as previously stated, has served as county sheriff and is the present state representative
from his district. He is also chairman of the republican county central committee and is one of the leaders in
local political circles. Since coming to Knoxville he has served one term as alderman from the second ward. He
belongs to a number of fraternal organizations, including Oriental Lodge, No. 61, A. F. & A. M.; Tadmor Chapter,
R. A. M.; the subordinate lodge and the encampment of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; the Knights of Pythias;
and the Modern Woodmen of America. He has held all of the chairs in the lodge of Odd Fellows and has been noble
grand twice. Both he and his wife belong to the Eastern Star and the Rebekahs. He has succeeded in all that he
has undertaken and his achievement is more noteworthy when the fact that he has followed high moral standards in
all relations of life is considered. He is among the most highly respected men in Knoxville and the esteem in which
he is held is fully deserved.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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