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Family of William Hughe LYON and Winona May AXTELL

Husband: William Hughe LYON (1858-1930)
Wife: Winona May AXTELL (1863-1949)

Husband: William Hughe LYON

Name: William Hughe LYON 1
Sex: Male
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 1858 USA
Death 1930 (age 71-72) USA 2

Wife: Winona May AXTELL

Name: Winona May AXTELL 1,2
Sex: Female
Father: Aaron AXTELL (1833-1913)
Mother: Hannah M. BRADY (1838-1897)
Birth 12 Feb 1863 USA
Death 5 Feb 1949 (age 85) Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, USA 2

Note on Wife: Winona May AXTELL

b. Feb. 12, 1863, married William Hughe Lyon, b. 1858, d. 1930. He was a prominent attorney in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was a very public spirited man and having no children of their own their minds turned to the welfare of others. The following tribute has come from a long time friend of the family: "Mrs. Lyon is known for her intense interest in agriculture and the development of the city of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, and the State of South Dakota. The passing years seem to increase rather than diminish her civic activities. In 1938 the county needed a fairground. Mrs. Lyon made a gift to the county of a valuable fifty acre tract adjoining Sioux Falls, and the county fair proved successful. In 1942 she made an additional gift of eighty acres additional to what she had already given and adjacent to the Big Sioux River. This fairground is one of the show places of South Dakota. In memory of her late husband, it has bveen dedicated and is known as the Wiliam H. Lyon Fairground. As a member for years of the History Club, an affiliate of the General Federation of Woman's Clubs, Mrs. Lyon became convinced that the organization should have a permanent home. She aroused the interest of the members by the gift of a city lot for that purpose in 1939. With this foundation, the ladies went to work and now have a very attractive brick club house well located and equipped for the convenience of the membership. Mrs. Lyon was the first president of the South Dakota State Federation of Woman's Clubs, a charter and life member of the Minnehaha County Historical Society, and for many years was a member of the executive board of Sioux Falls College. In spite of political changes Mrs. Lyon has been appointed and is an outstanding member of the Sioux Falls Park Board, this is in recognition of her civic mindedness. The beauty and attractiveness of Sioux Falls Parks, due in no small degree to her activities, is always remarked upon by visitors to our city. The real value to the community of a civic minded woman was shown in 1939 by the annual award of the Cosmopolitan Club to Mrs. Lyon of a gold pin, as Sioux Falls' most distinguished citizen. No higher compliment could be paid to anyone."

 

The latest gift by Mrs. Lyon is that of a large tract of land adjoining a public park given by Mr. Lyon 16 years before, this land has been highly improved as a private park, with its sunken garden, its lily pool made with colored rock gathered from a dozen states, its flower vases, its pergola and walks, this gift was made in 1944.

Sources

1Daniel Gibson Axtell, "Axb45.ged" (File from www.axtellfamily.org).
2"Argus Leader - 3Aug2008 (Winona Axtell)" (http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080803/LIFE/80 8030319/1004).
Argus Leader (South Dakota). Web: http://www.argusleader.com/.