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The Seattle Sunday Times
Sunday, January 31, 1915
Page 5. Column 1
Gen. L.T. Banks Dies At His Home
Pioneer Seattle Business Man Mourned by Many Seattle Residents, with Whom He Associated in Old Days
General Lyman T. Banks, a prominent Seattle business man in pioneer days and during recent years a resident of East Sound on Orcas Island, died suddenly at his home there Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock, after a brief illness. His death came as a shock to many local friends, with whom he was associated during the early period of Seattle's development.
General Banks was 73 years old and won his title of Brigadier General when he commanded the National Guard of Iowa. He fought throughout the Civil War and was prominent in Grand Army circles as well as in business lines.
The deceased was born in Muscatine, Iowa and came to Seattle in 1889. Among the positions he occupied here were those of Secretary of the Board of Public Works and Secretary of the Board of Education. He held the latter position for ten years, preceding Reuben W. Jones. He was commander of Miller Post, G.A.R., and also Commander of the Department of Washington and Alaska, G.A.R.
He was mustered into service in the Civil War in 1861 and was appointed Sergeant Major of the Eleventh Iowa Infantry in 1862. In 1863 he was appointed Captain, on the field of battle and later passed an examination for Lieutenant Colonel. He participated in the battles of Shiloh and Corinth and the siege of Vicksburg.
He lived in Alaska for several years in early days, and was past Commander of the military Order of the Loyal Legion. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. D.S. Kinney of Tacoma; Mrs. O.D. Hall, of Aberdeen, and Miss Mary Banks of East Sound; and by one son, Lyman T. Banks of Seattle. His wife died eleven years ago.
The body will be brought to Seattle Monday and funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Monday at the chapel of Bonney-Watson Company, under the auspices of the Miller Post.
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