Chief Irving Lyman

Chief Irving Leroy Lyman

Chief from 1879 - 1881

Irving L. Lyman was born on January 16, 1846 in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where he was raised, educated and remained until the age of twenty-six. In 1871, he came to Lancaster County, Nebraska, and engaged in stock raising and farming for about two years. In 1873, he came to Lincoln and engaged in the newspaper business. He was connected with the Lincoln Daily Leader, and was manager and city editor of the Globe, after which he was elected City Marshal. In 1879, he was appointed Chief of Police in the Detective Department. He was married on April 28, 1874 to Miss Mary Dean of Lincoln. He was Secretary of the A. F. & A. M., Lodge No. 19, and was Worthy Master of the A. O. U. W., Lodge No. 35. In 1870, he was assistant superintendent of Dr. Jackson's Water Cure establishment in Dansville, New York.

Lyman lived to the age of 75 before his death on March 17, 1921. He is now buried in the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska along with his wife Mary D. Lyman (September 10, 1839 - July 29, 1928) and son Harry (April 1, 1875 - March 2, 1880).

Obituary - Nebraska State Journal - March 18, 1921

Had the death of I.L. Lyman occurred thirty years ago it would have been an event of large moment in the city of Lincoln. It is one of the tragedies of life that a man sometimes survives his contemporaries and is almost forgotten by the younger generation. Between twenty-five and forty-five years ago Mr. Lyman was a very prominent figure in this community. He was a printer and publisher, the head of the police department, the first man to undertake the management of the water works in a large way and an active man in many capacities around the city council for many years. For a time he published a newspaper at Minatare, Scottsbluff county. When he came back to town he lived so quietly that his name was hardly in the newspapers. In the early days no citizen was mentioned more often than I.L. Lyman.