Biography of J. B. Lyman
Marion County, IA Biographies





J. B. Lyman, vice president of the Iowa Savings Bank and thus prominently associated with financial interests in Marion county, was born in Liberty township, near Bussey, November 21, 1865, his parents being John Brown and Elizabeth A. (Munsell) Lyman, in whose family were seven children. The father came to this county in 1853 and laid out a part of the town of Hamilton, where he afterward conducted business as proprietor of a hotel. In the early '6os he turned his attention to farming, in which he continued until his death in 1883. His wife survived him for about sixteen years, passing away in 1899, and both were laid to rest in the cemetery at Marysville. Mr. Lyman was active in local politics and was greatly interested in public affairs. He was a delegate to various county conventions of the republican party and held a number of local offices, in which he discharged his duties with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. He made a most creditable record as an official, was a helpful pioneer settler and a progressive and valuable citizen.

J. B. Lyman, reared in this county, attended the public schools and in the year 1883, when eighteen years of age, went to Tracy. He worked in a genecal store and in 1887 he formed a partnership with Henry Munsell for the establishment of a general mercantile business, his mother also becoming a partner therein. The business was continued by them until L. T. Marsh succeeded Mr. Munsell. He was then a partner of Mr. Lyman for twelve years, at the end of which time the firm became Lyman & Rouze, so continuing until 1906, when Mr. Lyman sold out. The Iowa Savings Bank was organized in 1903 with a capital of twelve thousand dollars, Mr. Lyman being cashier until 1912, when he became vice president. The original directors were O. L. Wright; W. T. Smith and Samuel H. Doughman, both now deceased; J. B. Lyman; S. S. Hogate, now deceased; E. E. Rouze; and R. I. Garden. The first officers were: W. T. Smith, president; O. L. Wright, vice president; J. B. Lyman, cashier; and F. W. Lyman, assistant cashier. Owing to the death of the president in December, 1905, Samuel H. Doughman became the head of the institution and so continued until his death in October, 1911. Soon thereafter O. L. Wright became president and Mr. Lyman succeeded him in the vice presidency, while F. W. Lyman has become the cashier. The bank occupied a small building until 1912 and then removed to its present commodious quarters. The business has grown and prospered under safe management and as cashier and vice president Mr. Lyman has contributed in no small measure to its success. Mr. Lyman is a member of the firm of Hogate & Lyman, real estate and grain dealers, owning and operating elevators and scales at Tracy and several other nearby points. J. B. and son, F. W. Lyman, also conduct a general insurance business, handling a large volume of business in that line. Associated with two other gentlemen, E. C. Hogate and E. E. Rouze, Mr. Lyman is owner of some twelve hundred acres of improved land, mainly in Iowa.

On the 13th of March, 1890, Mr. Lyman was united in marriage to Mrs. Anna (Hogate) Moore, and to them have been born two sons, while there is one son by a former marriage. The three sons are: Mark Moore, living at Moberly, Missouri; F. W., in the bank; and Harold, who is in the Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri. Mrs. Lyman was born in Clay township, this county. November 16, 1864, a daughter of S. S. and Melissa (Rouze) Hogate, who came to Iowa in 1863 from Decatur county, Indiana. Mr. Hogate was a prominent farmer, buyer, shipper and raiser of stock. His wife having died April 29, 1898, at the age of sixty three years, he removed from the farm to Tracy in 1903 and there passed away on the 27th of December, 1910, at the age of seventy seven years. Both were prominent Methodists and took a very active part in church work. For some years he was interested in the grain business in Tracy, being associated with his son in law, Mr. Lyman. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Hogate were nine children, namely: Powers K., born July 25, 1855, is now successfully engaged in the livery business in Tracy and also owns a farm in this county. William W., born September 17, 1857, died June 12, 1878. Lewis K., born April 23, 1859, makes his home in Monte Vista, Colorado, being a grain dealer in the San Luis Valley. Ella, born June 3, 1861, is the wife of W. E. Sherwood, a stock dealer of Knoxville, Iowa. Anna, now Mrs. Lyman, is the next in order of birth. Mary, born February 5, 1867, died February 18, 1887. Edward Clark is mentioned on another page of this volume. Myrtle, born July 21, 1870, died July 22, 1871. Eva, born October 8, 1872, is the wife of James M. Brubaker, of Blue Springs, Nebraska. Mrs. Lyman was first married May 7, 1885, becoming the wife of Dr. Mark Brock Moore, who died September 30, 1887. By that union there was one son, Mark Hogate, who was born December 20, 1887. Dr. Moore was born in Iroquois county, Illinois, August 19, 1859, and accompanied his parents on their removal to Marion county, Iowa, in 1864. He was educated at Central University in Pella and attended medical lectures at Drake University, Des Moines, being graduated from the latter institution February 25, 1885. He practiced for a short time at Gosport, Iowa, and then removed to Greeley county, Kansas, where his death occurred. Mrs. Lyman is a very prominent and active worker in the Methodist Episcopal church and Sabbath school and also in the Eastern Star and temperance organizations, being a leader in whatever she becomes interested.

Mr. Lyman is a prominent Mason in Iowa, serving as an officer of the grand lodge in 1913. He is also connected with the Eastern Star, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Royal Neighbors and his religious faith is evidenced by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. His well spent life has ever commended him to the confidence and good will of his fellow citizens and all with whom he has come in contact. He possesses many sterling traits of character and his career measures up to high standards of manhood and citizenship.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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