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On July 27, 1935 joined thr most recognizable professional law enforcement groups in the state of Iowa. : Lyman Case (1910-2000)

Lyman Case (1910-2000)
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Lyman G. Case, the son of Harry and Ethel Case, was born February 15, 1910 in Grinnell. He was a 1928 graduate of Grinnell High School and a 1932 graduate of the University of Iowa, where he lettered in football. He taught school and coached at State Center for a year.

In 1935, he applied for a position with Iowa Highway Patrol and was stationed in Clinton and Ottumwa. Over 3,000 applications were received for the 50 available positions. 200 men were chosen for interviews and 92 men qualified to attend training school at Camp Dodge, located in present day Johnston. The school was seven weeks and the first tour of duty on the highways of Iowa was on Sunday, July 28, 1935. Patrolman Case was issued badge number 30.

During his two years with the Iowa Highway Patrol, he humbly thanked the Highway Maintenance Men in a letter dated February 1936. His letter began by saying, “With our recent and present heavy snows it seems fitting to mention the work of the maintenance men of the Iowa Highway Commission.” And he ended his letter saying, “…so let us, as Patrolmen give the maintenance men a hand, and work as hard as they have on our own safety campaign.” At a time when twelve-hour work days were required, all men were on call 24-hours a day and the shortage of men revoked their allotted two weeks of vacation, Patrolman Case was a shining example of an Iowa Highway Patrolman. Mr. Case later returned to Grinnell in 1937 and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service.

He was married to Marjorie Owen June 11, 1938. Mr. Case retired from the Postal Service in 1972. He was a member of the Grinnell United Church of Christ – Congregational, the Grinnell Elks Lodge, Hermon Masonic Lodge of Grinnell, Royal Arch Masons Davenport Consistory and the Kaaba Shrine. He was a past Grant Tyler of Masons in Iowa and was also one of the first judicial magistrates in Poweshiek County.

With great honor we recognize Lyman Case as a Hero of Industry and Technology. Accepting the award on behalf of the Case family is daughter Camille Calhoun of West Des Moines.

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