William Edward Lyons was born November 21, 1871, in
Emporia, Kansas. His early boyhood days, however, were spent in
Niles, Mich., where his family remove in his infancy.
From Niles the family returned to Emporia,
and from there went to Osage City, in the same State. In 1887
they came to Kansas City, where the subject of this sketch has ever
since lived. His education was received in the public schools,
and it was in his early teens that he commenced to earn his own
His first employment was with the Allen
Investment Company. Entering as an office boy, he worked up
place by place until in 1898 he was made secretary of the company, the
place he now holds.
Mr. Lyons is a member of the Commercial Club,
and also belongs to the Knife and Fork Club, and the Knights of
Columbus. One of the moving spirits in the organization of the
Kansas City Athletic Club, he has held office after office in that
club, and is largely responsible for its growth and prosperity.
He is unmarried, and lives with his parents.