Name:   Dr. Louis Augustus Lyon

From:  The Wellsboro Gazette, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
Date:  Thursday, March 9, 1950

Services for Dr. Louis A. Lyon, a well-known osteopathic physician of Pearl street, who died last Wednesday afternoon, were conducted at Johnson & Tussey Funeral Home last Saturday afternoon by the Rev. C. W. Sheriff.

Dr. Lyon died in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, after an illness of five months.

Pallbearers were E. Stanley Freer, Elmer G. Carson, B. Clifford Woolsey, John Hitesman, Fay R. Furman, and Claude E. Smith.

Dr. Lyon was born January 16, 1871, at Mount Pleasant in Westmoreland County, Ps., the son of Charles Christopher Lyon and Emmeline Newmyer Lyon.  His father, an artist and musician, who as a boy had been pipe organist of a Lutheran cathedral in Muhlhausen, Prussia, Germany, had come to this country in 1853 at the age of 14.  Dr. Lyon's grandfather, Christopher Gottfried Von Lowe, served as a Prussian army officer under General Von Blucher at the Battle of Waterloo, being decorated with a bronze medal made from a captured French cannon.  Upon coming to the United States, the family translated its name to Lyon from the original Von Lowe.

Louis A. Lyon removed with his family to Altoona, in 1876.  After attending high school in Altoona, he learned the trade of machinist at the Altoona shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad.  He lived for a year in Harrisburg and then returned to Altoona, where later he became a draughtsman for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

On August 3, 1898, he was married to Helen T. Ives of Wellsboro at a ceremony performed at the bride's home by the late Rev. N. L. Reynolds, then pastor of the Wellsboro Baptist Church.

Resigning his position with the Pennsylvania Railroad, he entered the Atlantic College of Osteopathy where he was graduated as salutatorian in June 1903.  He at once began practice at Wellsboro, together with his wife, who had received her osteopathic degree at the same time.

Dr. Lyon was a member of the American Osteopathic Association and of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Association.  He served as a deacon of the First Baptist Church at Wellsboro for more than 40 years, was superintendent of the Sunday School for a number of years, and was teacher of the men's Bible class for many years.  Previously he had been a deacon and Sunday School Teacher at the First Baptist Church in Altoona.

Dr. Lyon was a member of the board of directors of the Wellsboro Green Free Library for 27 years, and served as its secretary for 21 years, resigning last November because of illness.  He was a former member of the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce.

Surviving are his wife, Dr. Helen Ives Lyon of Wellsboro, one son, Robert L. Lyon of Corning; a sister, Mrs. Alfred Ireland and a brother, Norman W. Lyon both of Cranford, N.J.  Among a number of nieces and nephews is Mrs. Wallace Malcolm Rowland of Abington, Pa., who made her home with Dr. Louis A, and Dr. Helen I. Lyon during most of her childhood and youth.