1st Lieut. Hiram F. Lyke
Hiram F. Lyke was born in Columbia County, N.Y., December 28, 1831, removed to Ontario County in the fall of '38 and came to Wisconsin from there in the fall of 1845 and settled in the town of Vernon, Waukesha Co., Wisconsin, and two years later removed to the town of Mukwonago. Received a common school education and worked on a farm until the spring of 1852, when he went across the plains to California and remained there engaged in gold-mining until the fall of 1859, returning to Wisconsin by the way of the Ithsmus and Central America to New York. Went south in the spring of 1860 and spent eight months traveling in the southwest, returning just before the war.
Remained at home until 1862, when he recruited a part of Co. F, 28th Wisconsin Infantry at Mukwonago and entered the service as 2nd Sergt., Aug. 21st, 1862. Received promotion through the different grades and was commissioned 1st Lieut., Sept. 11th, 1863, and was a portion of the time in command of the company. He served with the regiment in all its principal movements until the spring of 1865, when on account of ill health, he resigned at Little Rock, Ark., May 12th, 1865.
He spent the winter of 1865 and 1866 in Michigan and New York. Returning to Wisconsin, he was married to Miss Maggie Le Roy, at Waukesha, Dec. 25th, 1866, and immediately located at Oconomowoc, where in the fall of 1867 he engaged in the furniture business. His wife died July 11th, 1870, leaving one son, Frank L., now of San Diego, Cal. His second marriage was April 8th, 1871, to Miss Lottie Mead of Putnam County, N.Y. Their children are Arthur D., John B. and Alice May.
This biography was printed in the proceedings booklet commemorating the 28th Regiment's 13th Reunion in 1894.