A May 18, 1944, Lowell Tribune article entitled "Lowell Business Man Volunteers in Navy, " was found on page 1, column 1. The first paragraph follows:
Lowell S. Alyea, Lowell business man, owner of the Lowell Cleaners, was one of three navy volunteers, all fathers, who entered service last week. The other six going at the same time were single men.
Only Mr. Alyea was from Lowell; the rest of the men were from other areas in the county.
This May 25, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Stationed at Great Lakes
Loyal Starr Alyea, 28, of Lowell, is receiving his initial naval indoctrination at the U. S. Naval training center, Great Lakes, Ill.
When his recruit training is completed, the seaman will spend a period of leave at home.
The following June 1, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
"Ty" Has been Checking 'Em
Loyal Alyea, A/S, stationed at Great Lakes Naval Training Station reports that he has checked up on the married and unmarried men in his company. He says:
"There are 142 men in our company. 39 are single, 103 married. 12 of the married men have no children; the remaining 91 married men have 170 children in all. 34 have one child, 42 have two children; 11 have 3 children; 3 have four children, and one man has seven children. The ages range from 17 to 43."
This June 8, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 1, column 1:
Mrs. Loyal Alyea, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Viant visited Mrs. Alyea's husband, Loyal Alyea, A.S., at Great Lakes Naval training station Sunday. They found "Ty" getting along fine. Mr. and Mrs. Evans, of DeMotte, who have a son stationed there, accompanied them.
The following Sept. 14, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 5 column 4:
Mrs. Loyal Alyea returned home last week, after spending two weeks with her husband. Ty has completed his eight weeks of laundry school in Washington, D.C., and is awaiting further orders.
The following November 9, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 1 column 2:
Mrs. Loyal Alyea has returned from a visit with her husband who is stationed at Norfolk, Va.
This April 26, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Loyal Alyea S 2/c, has been home for the past ten days visiting his wife and children and other relatives. "Ty" has been aboard ship for some time, but while the ship is undergoing repairs in dry dock, he came home on leave.
This May 10, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 3, column 1:
Loyal S. Alyea, 29, of Lowell, has been advanced to seaman, first class, USNR. At present he is serving on a destroyer of the Atlantic fleet.
Alyea's wife is the former Catherine Fisher of Hebron. They have three children, Jerry Ben, 5; Larry Joe, 4; and Catherine Jane, 1. Mrs. Alyea, in addition to maintaining their home, is operating the Lowell Cleaners and Laundry business, of which Alyea is the owner.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Alyea of Santa Monica, Calif., and is a graduate of the Venice high school, Venice, Calif.
This July 5, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 3:
With the Atlantic Fleet -- Loyal Starr Alyea, 29, of Lowell, has been advanced to ship's service man (laundryman) third class, USNR, aboard an Atlantic Fleet destroyer on which he is serving.
He is in charge of the ship's laundry which is comparable with the size of a commercial laundry in a civilian community. Mechanical equipment, especially designed for the volume of work and to fit the limited available space, provides the means by which the laundry of the entire ship's company is handled.
Alyea attended boot camp at Great Lakes, Ill., and a Navy laundry school at Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the Venice high school, Venice, Calif., His wife is the former Catherine Fisher of Hebron, Ind. They have three children: Jerry Ben, 5, Larry Joe, 4, and Catherine Jane, 1. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Alyea of Santa Monica, Calif.
This November 1, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
A letter received by Mrs. Loyal Alyea from her husband, S 2/c Loyal Alyea, says he is headed for the States and expects to soon be discharged. This is the first time his family has heard from "Ty" since the big storm at Okinawa.
This November 15, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Word from the Great Lakes Monday contained the information that three local men, Loyal Alyea, Myron Allison and Dorsey Ruley, have been discharged. Hugh Rieke, with the Sea Bees, also discharged, arrived home last week. All four of these boys have seen much overseas service.
Another article from the same issue of the paper (page 2, column 2):
Loyal Alyea has sold the Lowell Cleaners to Clarence Schwanke, who has taken possession. Mr. Schwanke had charge of the business while Mr. Alyea was serving in the navy.
This Lowell Tribune article was found in the May 9, 1946, issue (page 6, columns 4-6):
Lowell's snappy all-World War II ceremonial team from Post 101, pictured above, with Congressional Medal of Honor winner Kenneth Duncan acting as Sgt.-at-Arms, will officiate at initiation ceremonies next Wednesday evening at Bendix Aviation Post 284, South Bend. The mass initiation ceremony will be held in the huge John Adams high school gymnasium, which has a seating capacity of 3,000.
The popularity of the Lowell team, the only one in the entire state composed entirely of World War II vets, has been increasing steadily since its formation a few months ago. Thus far they have initiared 493 new members into Posts at Hammond, Gary, Hobart, Rochester and Lake Village. This figure includes many boys initiated into their own Post.
The team has been scheduled for work at Crown Point and Cedar Lake in the near future and will undoubtedly be in demand at Legion Posts throughout the state in the coming months.
The photo accompanying this December 11, 1952, Lowell Tribune artlicle (on page 1, columns 3-4) was not of high enough quality to be reproduced here:
Commercial Club Decorates Yule Tree
This tree-topper is none other that "Ty" Alyea, president of the Commercial club of Lowell, who spent Sunday decorating the Yule tree that is bringing Christmas cheer to the community. His assistants are Clarence Harding, club treasurer, and Leon Minninger, street commissioner. Tom Smith, town trustee, wired the 30-foot tree.
Strings of colored lights canopy Commercial Avenue and shop windows sparkle with thrilling holiday decorations and lovely merchandise.