|Birth: ||Jul. 20, 1876|
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1938|
The Hartford Day Spring, Aug. 10, 1938, pg. 8
Death Takes W. J. Banyon, Benton Harbor
Widely Knwon Attorney and Business Man Dies After Long Illness
Death claimed another of Benton Harbor's leading citizens last Friday night when Attorney Willard J. Banyon passed away at Mercy hospital after an illness of six weeks.
Funeral rites for him were largely attended Monday afternoon at the Benton Harbor Congregational church, which he was instrumental in building many years ago. Burial was in the Banyon family lot in Crystal Springs cemetery.
Attorney Banyon was 62 years old. He was born in Chicago on July 20, 1876, but came with his parents to Benton Harbor in the early '80's and had spent his life there, rising through his own efforts to a high position in the city's civic, business and legal circles.
After accumulating the needed funds through his own earnings, Mr. Banyon entered the University of Michigan law school at the age of 31 and after graduating he returned to his home city to achieve marked success. He became referee in bankruptcy, a position that gave him a wide acquaintance over several counties. As referee he handled several bankruptcies in Hartford, and was well known to Hartford people. He had also been a speaker here on Memorial Day and other occasions, and had many loyal friends in the community.
He had served in many positions of public trust. The late Governor Fred W. Green recognized his outstanding talents and appointed him a member of the first Michigan crime commission. He served on the board for four years.
Attorney Banyon was vice president of the Benton Harbor Malleable company at the time of his death, and was one of the co-founders of that enterprise with the late J. N. Klock, president of the company who died recently. Mr. Banyon was also president of the News-Palladium company at the time of his death, was interested in other business enterprises, and was also prominent in Masonic circles.
He maintained his law offices in St. Joseph, and was highly regarded in legal circles. The courts and many business houses in the twin cities were closed during the hour of his funeral rites.
Attorney Banyon was a widower. His wife, the former Miss Rose Dahlstrom, died soon after the birth of their only son, Willard J. Banyon, Jr., a recently graduated law student at the University of Michigan. The young man and his father had planned to engage in the practice of law together in St. Joseph.
Surviving with the son are three brothers, Walter E., Richard C. and Stanley R., and two sisters, Misses Annabelle and Retta Banyon, all of Benton Harbor.
Rose Dahlstrom Banyon (1890 - 1914)*
Willard J. Banyon (1913 - 1988)*
Crystal Springs Cemetery
Created by: K. Clinard
Record added: Dec 10, 2011
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