From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 593-594, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Daniel Lyons, M. D., an eminent physician and surgeon, of
Ashland, Illinois, was born in La Salle, of the same State, June 16,
1848. His parents were Daniel and Mary (Morris) Lyons, both natives of
Ireland, who came to America in 1832, soon after their marriage. His
father was a railroad contractor, which business he followed during his
life in this country. The first death which the family was called upon
to mourn was that of the devoted wife and mother, who expired in
Arkansas, in 1861, greatly lamented by her associates and friends. The
father survived his faithful companion fifteen years, dying in
Brierfield, Alabama, in 1876. He was a man of the highest integrity,
extremely kind-hearted and benevolent, and was very popular among his
acquaintances. This worthy couple had six children: Lawrence, Michael,
Daniel, David, Mary and Katie. All but two of these are now deceased,
the subject of this sketch and a brother David, who is engaged in
mining at Crystal, Colorado.
Dr. Lyons received his elementary education in the public
schools of La Salle county, where his boyhood and early manhood were
spent. After attaining his majority, he was engaged for about seven
years in civil engineering. During the Rebellion, he was for three
years in the Quartermaster's Department, in St. Louis. In 1878, he
commenced the study of Eclectic medicine, in the American Medical
College, St. Louis, taking four courses, and continuing his studies
until 1883. While pursuing his studies, he spent most of his time in
the city hospitals of St. Louis, gaining practical experience in his
chosen work. In 1883, on graduating in St. Louis, he came to Ashland,
where he commenced the practice of his profession. He has steadily
grown in favor until he now does a large and lucrative business, being
universally regarded as thoroughly skilled in his profession,
conscientious and careful.
He was married in St. Louis, in 1869, to Miss Johanna Connelly,
an estimable lady, and a native of Canada. Her parents were James and
Catharine Connelly, and she was one of seven children, three sons and
four daughters. Dr. and Mrs. Lyons have two children: Deloraine J., now
twenty-two years of age, is unmarried, and is a telegraph operator in
Colorado; Gertrude, now thirteen years old, is at home and in school.
The Doctor is Democratic in his political affiliations, on which
ticket he was elected to the position of Coroner of Cass county,
serving in that capacity with acknowledged ability.
Socially, he is a member of the M. W. of A., and is prominently
associated with the Masonic order, which latter society he joined in
These are a few of the most important facts of a busy and useful
life, which has been spent in the amelioration of human suffering, and
in promoting the happiness and welfare of his fellow beings.