Photo contributed by the Wayne County Historical Society

Looking Back 12/19/18

The happy honeymooners could not know what lay ahead, but they had already committed to a life in the military. On November 6, 1923, The Scranton Republican announced that at “high noon Tuesday will occur the marriage of Lieutenant Lyman L. Lemnitzer, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Lemnitzer, to Miss Catherine (sic) Tryon, formerly of East Honesdale, in New York.” Katherine Mead Tryon’s family had been prominent in Honesdale for some years. Her grandfather, Rev. L. D. Tryon, was an insurance agent and pastor of the Honesdale Methodist Church. Her father, Mead Tryon, was an accountant and Texas Township auditor. The newspaper went on to say that, “in December Lieutenant Lemnitzer and bride [sailed] for the Philippine Islands, where he has been assigned in the United States army.” This was the beginning of an illustrious military career for Lyman Lemnitzer, who graduated from West Point in 1920, served with distinction in World War II and became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1960-1962) and Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO (1963-1969).

From the collection of the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Honesdale. The museum, research library and museum shop are open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a. m. to 4 p. m and Friday and Saturday through December 29 and Friday and Saturday after January 1.


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