Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Real Clinton Lumber Kings

William J. Young
William J. Young, Chancy Lamb, and David Joyce.  These three men are the original Clinton Lumber Kings.

From 1865 to 1900 they put Clinton on the map as one of the top lumber centers in the world.

William J. Young, the founder of W. J. Young & Co., came to Clinton in 1858.  In the early 1890's W. J. Young and Co. produced more lumber than any other mill in the country.  Mr. Young was also Mayor of Clinton in 1864, president of Clinton Savings Bank, and a director of Clinton National Bank.

He died in 1896.


Chancy Lamb
Chancy Lamb came to Clinton in 1857 and took control of the lumber mill owned by Gray & Lunt.  His sons, Artemus and Lafayette Lamb, later joined the company and it became known as C. Lamb & Sons.

He was also president of Clinton Savings Bank, and a director of numerous other logging companies and area banks including The Peoples Trust & Savings Bank of Clinton, and Clinton National Bank.

He died in 1897.


David Joyce






David Joyce came to Lyons, Iowa in 1861, and leased the Shambaugh Lumber Mill.  In 1873 he built a sawmill on Ringwood Slough.  David Joyce was also president of First National Bank of Lyons and mayor of Lyons for four years.

He died in 1904.

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