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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lyons House (Municipality of North Cypress-Langford)

A two-storey, red-brick veneer residence southeast of Carberry in the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford was built in 1896 for businessman and MLA Robert F. Lyons, who occupied it until 1919. It was purchased by farmer Thomas Switzer (1864-1943) who lived here until 1927, then by his son and daughter-in-law Willard and Margaret Switzer until 1952. The final occupants appear to have been Stanley Paluch (1899-1983), Madeline Kiawce Plauch (1915-2009) and their four children. The elder Paluchs moved to a farm at McCreary in 1964 after selling the property to Harold Shirtliff of Starbuck. At the time of a 2016 site visit, the structure was badly deteriorated and densely encroached by vegetation.

Lyons House

Lyons House (no date)
Source: Carberry Plains Museum

Lyons House

Lyons House (June 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Lyons House

Lyons House (June 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Lyons House

Interior of Lyons House (June 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.85965, W99.34836
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Robert Fern Lyons (1856-1926)

Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Willard Harper Switzer (1901-1995)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba


Carberry Plains - Century One: 1882-1982 by Carberry History Book Committee, 1982, page 137.

Canadian voter lists, Ancestry.

Obituary [Stanley Paluch], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 December 1983, page 45.

The People of the Big Plain by Carberry-North Cypress 125 History Book Committee, 2007, page 511.

Obituary [Madeline Paluch Kasprick], Neepawa Banner, 20 February 2009, page 14.

We thank Reid Dickie for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2016

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