John Lyon is engaged in general farming on section 10, Mariposa township, and his place is recognized as one
of the best improved in his locality. A native of Sweden, he was born January 27, 1846, of the marriage of John
and Letha (Anderson) Anderson, both of whom passed their entire lives in Sweden. The father was a landowner and
devoted his time to agricultural pursuits. There were nine children in the family, namely: Andreas, deceased; John
and Johannes, twins, both deceased; Ander Gustave, who is residing on the old home place in Sweden; Carl, who is
deceased and is buried in Lincoln, Nebraska; John; Leonard and Christine, both deceased; and one who died at birth.
John Lyon attended the common schools in Sweden and during his boyhood and youth also assisted with the work of
the home farm. Chen he reached manhood, according to the law of the country, he spent two years in the army and
then, in 1869, he came to the United States and made his way to Saunders county, Nebraska, settling on section
10, Mariposa township, where he still resides. After filing on his claim he worked for others in the neighborhood
but spent enough time on his land to meet the requirements of the law and at length received the title to the same
from the United States government. He has made many improvements upon the farm and everything is kept in excellent
condition, so that it is one of the most attractive places in the locality. He uses the latest machinery in the
cultivation of his land and is always ready to adopt new methods which promise to be of value. His farm comprises
one hundred and twenty acres and he derives therefrom an excellent income.
In 1881 Mr. Lyon was married, in Malmo, Nebraska, to Miss Hilda Marie Oleson, also a native of Sweden. They have
become the parents of eight children: George E. and Anna Teresa, both of whom died young; Julia Victoria, a resident
of Omaha, Nebraska; Fritz M., who is ranching in South Dakota; Harry S., manager of the elevator at Malmo; Hilma,
at home; Anna Matilda, who is living in Omaha; and Oscar C., who graduated from the high school with the class
Mr. Lyon is a prohibitionist as he believes that the suppression of the liquor traffic would go far toward solving
the most serious problems that confront the country. He is a member and a deacon of the Swedish Mission church,
to which his wife and children also belong, and they take an active part in its work and contribute to its support.
Mr. Lyon stands firmly in support of his convictions, and his sincerity and integrity have gained him the entire
confidence and respect of all who have been brought in contact with him.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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