Lee County Biography

TONY M.W. REITZ


A.F. Lyman, engaged in the plumbing and heating business at West Brooklyn, is winning success by reason of his thorough knowledge of the trades in which he embarked on starting out in life on his own account. A native of Lee county, he was born at Amboy, January 21, 1881, and is a son of Levi H. and Frances (Bruce) Lyman. The father was a locomotive engineer on the Illinois Central Railroad and volunteered for service in the Civil war. He died in 1906, at the age of fifty-nine years, and lies buried in the Prairie Repose cemetery at Amboy. His wife now makes her home in Lee Center.

A.F. Lyman was educated in the schools of Binghampton and the Amboy high school, but did not complete his course by graduation. He put aside his text-books when eighteen years of age, wishing to enter business life, and, going to Chicago, he there learned the trade of plumbing and heating. He applied himself diligently to the mastery of the work and became quite expert in that line. He first located at Paw Paw, where he carried on business for three years, but in 1906 sold out there and afterward worked as a plumber at Rochelle for two years. He then came to West Brooklyn, where in April, 1908, he opened his present establishment, which has since brought him a gratifying degree of success. He is now well prepared to do difficult work along the line of his trade and a liberal patronage is accorded him. He possesses much natural mechanical skill and ingenuity, which combined with his efficiency have prepared him for the performance of any task that devolves upon him in this connection.

In Dixon, Illinois, on the 7th of May, 1904, Mr. Lyman was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Fisher, a daughter of Jacob and Elma (White) Fisher, the former a pioneer farmer of Willow Creek township, while both are now residing in Scarboro, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Lyman have two children: Bruce, attending school; and Floyd, who is not yet of school age.

Mr. Lyman votes with the republican party, and reading keeps him in touch with the vital questions and issues of the day. He holds membership with the Modern Woodmen camp. He and his wife are worthy young people, enjoying the warm regard of many friends, and their own home is a hospitable one. Realizing at the outset of his career that there is no royal road to wealth, Mr. Lyman has always depended upon the substantial qualities of industry and perseverance for the attainment of success.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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