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Obituary: Edwin E Lyman, 1942

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Obituary: Edwin E Lyman, 1942

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El Reno (Oklahoma) Tribune
10 August 1942, page 1, col 7

Edwin Lyman Dies After Fall
El Reno Policemen Drops From Building

Edwin E Lyman, a pioneer resident of El Reno, former Rock Island railroad employee and a member of the city police force, died at 7 a.m. today in a local hospital from a paralytic stroke and injuries received when he fell from The Tribune building Sunday afternoon.

Mr Lyman, 58 years of age, remained unconscious from the time he suffered the stroke about 3 p.m. Sunday until his death this morning.

He recieved fractures of his arm and jaw and a head injury when he fell from The Tribune roof to the sidewalk. His entire left side was paralysed from the stroke.

Mr Lyman suffered a paralytic stroke last April but regained his health sufficiently to join the police force under a temporary appointment on June 1. He was serving as an extra officer while regular officers were taking vacations.

Sat on Ledge

He roomed at 211 1/2 South Rock Island avenue, and Sunday afternoon decided to take a nap, it was said. Because of children playing noisily in the vicinity of his room, he went to a friend's room at 200 1/2 South Rock Island, it was learned by Lee Harvey, chief of police.

Apparently finding a cool breeze on top of The Tribune building, Mr Lyman sat on the ledge at the top of The Tribune building. Mr Lyman sat on the ledge at the front of the roof for more than an hour. However, possibly affected by the sun, he suffered another paralytic stroke and toppled to the sidewalk, Mr Harvey said.

Memorial rites will be conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the First Christian church, by Rev Edwin H Grant, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Interment will be made at El Reno cemetery, with grave services by members of the Eagles lodge. Benson funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Switchman Many Years

Mr Lyman, born Jan 20, 1884, in Missouri, came to El Reno with his parents in 1889 and had lived here ever since. He was a Rock Island switchman for more than 30 years and for a time operated a grocery store here.

He had been an active member of the Eagles lodge for many years and was past president of the fraternal organization.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs Helen Johnson, El Reno, a sister, Mrs Ernest Hodgkinson, El Reno; two grandchildren, Gary Johnson and Gale Edward Johnson, both of El Reno; and a nephew, Jack Hodgkinson, also of El Reno.


El Reno American, (El Reno, Canadian Co, Oklahoma)
13 August, 1942, page 1, col 1

Ed Lyman Rites Held Wednesday

'89er Died Monday Morning Following Fall From Building

Funeral rites were conducted on Wednesday afternoon for Edwin E Lyman, pioneer El Reno citizen, who died in a local hospital Monday morning from injures [sic] sustained when he suffered a paralytic stroke while sitting on a ledge at the front of the Tribune building and fell to the sidewalk below.

Mr Lyman was serving as a special police officer for the city at the time of his death. He was a retired Rock Island switchman and had operated a grocery store here for a few months following his 30 years with the railroad. He was born in Missouri on Jan 20, 1884, and came to El Reno with his parents during the opening of 1889.

He roomed at 211 1/2 South Rock Island, which adjoins the Tribune building. Looking for a cool place during the afternoon, Sunday, he walked onto the roof of the Tribune building and sat down in the shade of the front ledge. About an hour later he was seen to fall off the building, sustaining a fractured skull, jaw and arm. His left side was paralyzed and since he had suffered a stroke last April, it was presumed that another one had stricken him, causing him to lose consciousness and fall from the building.

Mr Lyman has been one of the leaders of the El Reno Eagles lodge for a number of years, serving one term as president. Members of the order conducted their ritual at the grave. He is survived by his former wife, Mrs Elizabeth Lyman, a daughter, Mrs Helen Johnson, a sister, Mrs Ernest Hodgkinson, and two grandchildren, Gary and Gale Edward Johnson, all of El Reno.

Rev E H Grant was in charge of the funeral services which were held at the First Christian church and interment was made in the El Reno Cemetery.

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