The Waterloo Press (Waterloo, IN), 3 May 1917, Thu • Page 1 Column 6
"DR. A. BYRON DARBY
Well Known and Honored Citizen Who Died last Friday
DR. A. BRYON DARBY DIED LAST FRIDAY
PIONEER CITIZEN OF WATERLOO SUFFERED STROKE PARALYSIS
UNCOSNSCIOUS SEVERAL DAYS
Before End - Well Known Practitioner of County and Former state Senator from DeKalb and Steuben Counties
Dr. A. Bryon Darby, the oldest physician in Waterloo, and for many years a prominent figure in DeKalb county, died at his home in Waterloo at about four o'clock last Friday afternoon. His death had been expected for some days, having suffered a stroke of paralysis two weeks ago today, from which he never rallied.
His last illness was very serious from the start, and his children were summoned to come home, which they did, and all of them were here at the time of his death. For several years he has not enjoyed the best of health and a year ago he was very seriously ill for some months, but of late seemed to be somewhat on the gain, and was able to ride out, and did so the day before he was stricken with paralysis.
The funeral was held from the late home at the corner of Wayne and union streets yesterday forenoon. Rev. J. O. Rose, of Angola, officiated at the services. A life sketch was read by the Rev. Frank G. Kenyon, editor of the Wauseon Tribune, who is a nephew of the deceased. After reading the sketch he paid a beautiful tribute on the life and character of the departed relative. Waterloo City Lodge F. & A. M. No. 307 attended in a body and took charge of the service at the cemetery. The members of the DeKalb County Medical Society attended in a body and marched to the cemetery, as did a number of doctors from surrounding counties who were present.
In the death of Dr. Darby Waterloo loses one of the oldest and most respected citizens. A pioneer resident of the county and of Waterloo, having been identified with various business interests of the town, he had a wide acquaintance, and in his profession he had a very large practice, and until his recent illness he frequently had patients call at his home and consult him. For several years Dr. Darby was a member of the Board of Trustees of Waterloo town, and he was at one time a member of the school board. About eighteen years ago he engaged in the drug business with his son, Frank, the latter conducting, the drug store which has been doing business ever since.
Dr. Darby came to Waterloo for the first time in the fifties and he frequently has told in his reminiscences, that he rode into Waterloo on the first passenger train that ever came in this town. It was at the time of the construction of the air line of the NYC lines, then known as the Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana railroad.
In the fires of Feb. 12, 1895, Dr. Darby suffered a loss of his drug store corner building, and with other businessmen who pinned their faith in Waterloo he rebuilt his portion of the block. He was active in many pursuits, having been interested in some farming land, and also took a fancy to fine horses and for many years has kept a number of horses.
Dr. Darby had many friends over the state, and especially in this part of the state he was well known. He was a member of numerous medical societies and was always active in all pursuits of his profession during the time that he was engaged in the practice of medicine. For several years he has been in failing health and has been forced to give up his practice on account of his health. He was for a number of years a member of the pension board of examiners.
His Life History
Dr. A. Bryon Darby was born in Fulton county, Ohio, Nov. 18, 1829, and died at Waterloo, Ind., April 27, aged 77 years, 5 mos. and 9 days. His parents, Samuel Bryant and Sepharna Darby, came from New York state in 1836 and settled in Fulton county, the journey being a long and tiresome one and full of danger, being made with two yoke of oxen and a lumber wagon. The senior Mr. Darby was prominent in building up Fulton county, and became identified with numerous interests. He was at first a democrat and when the republican party was organized he allied himself with that party. The father died July 15, 1884. The mother died in 1909 at nearly ninety-nine years of age, at the home of her son in Waterloo.
Dr. Darby received his early education in the common schools of Fulton county and later attended Alford College at Allegany county, N.Y., and later entered Oberlin college, at Oberlin, Ohio, where he did teaching and extra work outside of school hours in order to pay his expenses. He decided that he would enter the profession of medicine, and at spare moments would study the necessary text books. In 1862 and 68 he attended Eclectic Medical College, at Cincinnati, Ohio, where he graduated in the spring of '68. After his graduation he located at Flint, Ind., where he formed a partnership with Dr. H. L. Smith, who retired and left Flint at the close of the year and Dr. Darby was then the only practicing physician in the village. He soon built up a lucrative practice at this place, and after being there a short time came to Waterloo, Ind., where he began to practice and remained in Waterloo until the time of his death.
He was united in marriage to Linda M. Huyck on April 28, 1865. To them three children were born, Hadsell B., born June 3, 1865, Frank W., born Feb. 11, 1868, and Verna, born Nov. 6, 1878, the wife of C. O. Lampland, who conducts the Lowell observatory at Flag Staff, Ariz. Mrs. Darby died Dec. 10, 1900, as the result of being severely burned.
Dr. Darby was again united in marriage to Miss Minnie Meister of Perrysville, Ohio, on Dec. 24, 1913.
Politically Dr. Darby was a republican, and in 1900 he was nominated and elected State senator from DeKalb and Steuben counties, and served in the legislature during the sessions of 19001 and 1903. He filled this position of trust with honor to his party and district, and discharged his duties with fidelity. He was a member of the Christian church of Waterloo, and at the time of his death was a trustee of the church, the organization having been kept up, although there has been no services held in the Waterloo church for many years. He was also a member of Waterloo City Lodge F. & A. M. No 307, and also of Leonidas Lodge No. 205, Knights of Pythias.
Kind to his family and gentle in his home, he was always regarded as a man of high ideals and stood for right living.
Resolutions of Respect
Whereas Brother A. Byron Darby, having completed the work written on life's trestle board and passed to his reward on April 27, 1917 and entered the Grand Lodge of the New Jerusalem and
Whereas, the All-wise and Merciful Master of the universe has called from labor to refreshments our beloved and respected brother, and he having been a true and faithful member of Waterloo City Lodge, No. 407, F. & A.M. therefore be it
Resolved that this Lodge, in testimony of our loss, be draped in mourning for thirty days, and that we tender to the family of our deceased brother our sincere condolence in their deep affliction, and that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family.
Done at Waterloo, Ind., this 2d day of May, 1917
HERBERT C. WILLIS NORMAN T. JACKMAN ESTEPHEN A. BOWMAN