Transcribed by Gina Cappello

 (From the scrapbook of Eddy C. [1857-1944] & Helen White Gilbert [1855-1929].  Clippings may not be dated and newspaper may be unknown, unless noted. Most dates supplied were handwritten and initialed by the collectors.)  In most cases, these clippings were from Rushford Spectator/The Spectator

Webmaster NOTE: This obituary is undated; however, from the listing of burials at White Cemetery there is an “Emma” recorded as having died in 1886.  Obituaries from the early days referred too often as only “Mrs. ---“ and not showing given names as is the case here.  Also, Andrew J. (listed as survivor in obituary) died in 1891.


Of Mrs. A. J Lyon Tuesday

     The report that Mrs. “Jack” Lyon was dead spread rapidly through town Tuesday just before noon, and to most of our citizens was a stunning blow, as it was their first intimation that she was not in her usual health.  Sadness prevailed throughout the entire community and the deepest sympathy was expressed for the bereaved ones.

     Mrs. Lyon was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Swift.  She was born on Swift Hill in the town of New Hudson in May 1845, where she spent her girlhood.  In July 1868 she was married to Mr. Lyon, and theirs has been a very happy and prosperous voyage, and no home was ever more free to the friends of its inmates.  Mrs. Lyon had been a member of the M.E. church for many years and was always an earnest worker and a consistent Christian.  Since last January she had been the president of the Ladies’ Aid Society and was tireless in her efforts for the prosperity of the society.  Among those who mourn Mrs. Lyon’s sad and untimely death are her husband and adopted son, her mother, a brother—Chas. Swift of Buffalo, five sisters—Mrs. John O’Connor and Mrs. Abbott of this place, Mrs. Adaline White of Cuba, Mrs. Wood of Abbotts and Mrs. Wier of Lansing, Iowa, and a large circle of more distant relatives and friends.

     The funeral will be held at her late residence this afternoon at 1 o’clock, Revs. Johnson and Grames officiating, and all that is mortal will be entombed in the White cemetery.