The collection contains correspondence to Farnham Lyon, prominent hotel proprietor, from late 1885, and an autograph book
that he kept. Also, numerous newspaper clippings relating to Farnham Lyon, Elizabeth B. Custer, the death of Margaret Custer
Calhoun Maugham, George Armstrong Custer's career, and the 1910 dedication of a Custer memorial in Monroe, Michigan.
Farnham Lyon was born on November 5, 1829 in New York, one of ten children of Truman and Lucinda Lyon. The family settled
in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when Farnham was 12 years old. His father was a prominent citizen, serving as a judge, postmaster,
and hotel proprietor. When Farnham was 19 years old, he followed his father into the hotel business, where he would make his
fortune. Within 10 years, he owned his first hotel.
.2 linear feet
(1 half-size box)
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