The Life of Lyman W. Swift


The death of Mr. L.W. Swift occurred at 5 o’clock Sunday morning at his home 4 miles south of Lenexa and 5 miles east of Olathe. The funeral service was held at the home, Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and the burial made in Olathe Cemetery, where the ritualistic services of the G.A.R. of which he had long been a member, were given.

Lyman W. Swift was born April 26m 1837 at Beverly, Washington County, O., and came to Kansas in the fall of ’71, and has been a resident of Johnson County ever since. On March 27, 1861 he was married to Marguerite Deweese. To this union five children were born, three of whom  are living as follows: F.L. Swift, Cabool,, Mo., Mrs. George McConnell, Oxford township, and Mrs. G. W. Scott, Kansas City, Kans. George C., a son and Mrs. Rozzy Mooneyhan, have gone before and were buried in the Olathe Cemetery. The wife survives.

Mr. Swift was the oldest child of a family of eleven, and three of the family still survive. They are Mrs. Sam Smith, Osceola, Mo., Milt Swift of Olathe, and Mrs. R.H. Miles of Lenexa. He was an old soldier having enlisted in Company F of the 77th Regiment of Ohio. He served between four and five years and made an enviable record.

Mr. Swift possessed a wonderful memory and had a store of information enjoyed by few men and he never took a stand on any question without first squaring it with facts. He was always guided y principle and not by impulse, but having taken his stand no temporary advantage could induce him to abandon it. He was a man of highest integrity- unscrupulously honest in all his dealings and was a fine example to men in all walks of life. He will be remembered as an upright man and a good citizen and his loss will be keenly felt.

Olathe Mirror
August 19, 1915

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