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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Benjamin Lyons (1872-1964)


Born in Leeds County, Ontario on 29 January 1872, son of Michael Lyons and Ann Gardiner, brother of Robert Fern Lyons, the family moved to Manitoba when he was 11 years old. He attended Carberry School until the age of 14 when he quit to help on the family farm. After his father’s death, he took over 420 acres of it, adding to his holdings until he had 1,200 acres. His farm near Carberry was one of the first to be designated as a demonstration farm in Manitoba. On 3 December 1907, he married Belle Mary Howson (1878-1951). They had a daughter, Edith May Lyons (1909-?, wife of J. D. Elliott). He was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters and the Methodist church. He died at Oshawa, Ontario on 23 January 1964 and was buried in the Carberry Plains Cemetery.


Birth registration [Edith May Lyons], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Demonstration farms,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 September 1913, page 7.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 November 2021

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