Prof. Egbert Lyon Trick Oxen Papers, 1890-1899
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Brief Description:

The Prof. Egbert Lyon's Trick Oxen Papers (1971-40-0) consist of six photographs and several promotional pieces and clippings advertising Prof. Lyon's trick oxen, Tim and Jim, and a history written by his daughter Celeste Bierce.  These oxen performed at agricultural fairs, including those in Harwinton and Danbury, Connecticut and at the Columbian Exposition.

Egbert Lyon was born June 8, 1859 in the Northville section of Washington, Connecticut.  He learned his father's trade of masonry and plastering, but left after developing a fear of heights.  He settled on a farm in the Whigville section of Burlington, CT and it was hear that he began training his oxen to do tricks.  He married Adella Louise Merrill of Collinsville or New Hartford, CT in 1885.  They had 5 children.  Prof. Lyon died February 3, 1931.  He and his wife are buried in Hillside Cemetery in Torrington, CT.

Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at]
Record Series Number: 00/1971-40-0
Volume: 1.0 Folders
Acquired: 03/31/1971.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Acquisition Notes: Floyd Blakeslee, grandson of Prof. Lyon.  Gift
Related Materials: 1971-40-1-7, Ribbons and Stamps related to Prof. Lyon's Trick Oxen
PreferredCitation: Prof. Lyon's Trick Oxen Papers (1971-40-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.