I made a half-hearted attempt to find it last weekend with no success.
Fortunately, local historian Dennis Thompson also wondered if the house was still there and decided to research it properly. He visited the historical records room on the fifth floor of the Huron County offices in Norwalk, where he examined the coroner’s report on the McGrath murder. It listed the Lyon house’s location as Norwich Township.
To find out more, Dennis consulted the curator of the historical records room, Henry R. Timman. Timman is the past president of Firelands Historical Society, as well as County historian for Huron County, Ohio. He is also the well-known Norwalk Reflector columnist and author of the Just Like Old Times book series.
Timman provided Dennis with much more than the location of the house. As Dennis explained, "Not only is he well versed in the murder, his father played a small role! His father knew Jim Lyon. Henry's father worked for one of the county departments and they had come into possession of an old house they wished to re-purpose. His dad and Jim Lyon worked on cleaning out the house. The attic was full of antiques, and one day he saw Lyons driving off with a truck load of them. This was possibly one of the crimes for which Lyon was being investigated.”
Best of all, Dennis came up with the address for the house. It’s still there too, out on Thomas Road just south of Havana. So I drove out there on Saturday afternoon to photograph the house.
But in stark contrast to the house seen in the vintage black and white photo, the handsome farmhouse almost shines in the afternoon sun, its bleak past literally whitewashed away.
Special thanks to local historian Dennis Thompson for his help with this and other posts!