Niagara County

1897 Biography - Lyman G. Stanley

Stanley, Lyman G., was born in Vermont in 1842, and lived there until ten years of age. His father was a farmer and he was reared to that occupation. August 14, 1862, he enlisted in Company E, 30th Iowa Infantry, and served in Sherman's army, was with him in his operations around Vicksburg, thence to Chattanooga, on to Atlanta and from there in the celebrated march to the sea. He accompanied his regiment to Savannah and thence to Washington, where he participated in the grand review. He was honorably discharged June 16, 1865, and is a member of Scott Post 129. After the close of the war, his brother, who was postmaster of Tonawanda, died and his sister being appointed postmistress, he took charge of the office for her, a position he filled for thirteen years, or until the spring of 1879. In 1866 he established a stationery business in South Tonawanda and in 1870 a drug store, and upon leaving the post office he turned all his attention to these enterprises. In 1890 he started a drug store in North Tonawanda and these have become prominent factors in the business life of the twin cities. Mr. Stanley is a prominent Mason and has been master of the Blue Lodge and high priest of the chapter; he is also a member of the Commandery. He was trustee of Tonawanda and has been treasurer of the school board. He married Cornelia Payne, daughter of Col. Payne and they have one daughter, Ethel. His parents were M. J. and Mary (Ames) Stanley. His father served in the war of 1812 and was one of the twelve men detailed to blow up old Fort Erie.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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