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William Henry Byars

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William Henry Byars

Birth
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Death
22 Apr 1922 (aged 82)
Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Burial
Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section C, Block 32, Lot 3, Space 7
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son of Fleming Byars & Anna Maria Deardorff

married Emma Slocum, Dec 23, 1868, Douglas Co, Oregon

General and Mrs. Byars became the parents of three sons, Alfred H. resides in California and William F. is editor of the Goldendale Sentinel in Goldendale, Wash. [Son Alfred became a medical doctor]

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History of the State of California and Biographical Record of the San Joaquin Valley, California, (Chicago: Chapman Publishing, 1905), page 464:

Gen. William Henry Byars, a pioneer of the Pacific coast, has been so long and intimately associated with the progress of Oregon that, were his life record given in detail, it would be found in many respects to be a history of his state.

Born in Iowa, he was early orphaned by his father's death. In 1852 he left the surroundings of his youth to seek a home in the then unknown west. In company with his stepfather, Mr. Meyers, he crossed the plains with ox-teams and after a tedious journey arrived in Oregon. The land upon which the family settled and where they proceeded to develop a farm was situated near Oakland, Douglas County, on the Calapooia River. There he grew from youth into manhood.

When Indians became hostile and threatened the lives of the pioneers, he shouldered his rifle and accompanied the volunteers who marched out against them. During the Civil war he was a member of the First Oregon Infantry.

In the early days, before railroads had been built, he was employed as a mail carrier between Yreka and Eugene, making the trips on his pony. From that work he drifted into the newspaper business and became editor of the Roseburg Plain Dealer in Douglas County.

Removing from that county to Salem, he was elected State Printer and also acquired by purchase the Oregon Statesman, of which he was the editor. For one term he served as Surveyor General of Oregon. The various positions, which he held, were filled with such recognized ability and resourcefulness that he was still further honored in being selected as Commander of the Soldiers' Home at Roseburg.

After his retirement from that office he returned to Salem, where he now makes his home. While filling all of these important positions, at no time did he sever his connection with or his interest in the work of government surveying and contracting, in which he has built up a reputation for accuracy and painstaking care. In the work of the Grand Army of the Republic he has always taken a warm interest and has been one of the leaders of the organization in his state.

By his marriage to Anna Augusta, daughter of William Slocum, General Byars became associated with an old Kentucky family.
son of Fleming Byars & Anna Maria Deardorff

married Emma Slocum, Dec 23, 1868, Douglas Co, Oregon

General and Mrs. Byars became the parents of three sons, Alfred H. resides in California and William F. is editor of the Goldendale Sentinel in Goldendale, Wash. [Son Alfred became a medical doctor]

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History of the State of California and Biographical Record of the San Joaquin Valley, California, (Chicago: Chapman Publishing, 1905), page 464:

Gen. William Henry Byars, a pioneer of the Pacific coast, has been so long and intimately associated with the progress of Oregon that, were his life record given in detail, it would be found in many respects to be a history of his state.

Born in Iowa, he was early orphaned by his father's death. In 1852 he left the surroundings of his youth to seek a home in the then unknown west. In company with his stepfather, Mr. Meyers, he crossed the plains with ox-teams and after a tedious journey arrived in Oregon. The land upon which the family settled and where they proceeded to develop a farm was situated near Oakland, Douglas County, on the Calapooia River. There he grew from youth into manhood.

When Indians became hostile and threatened the lives of the pioneers, he shouldered his rifle and accompanied the volunteers who marched out against them. During the Civil war he was a member of the First Oregon Infantry.

In the early days, before railroads had been built, he was employed as a mail carrier between Yreka and Eugene, making the trips on his pony. From that work he drifted into the newspaper business and became editor of the Roseburg Plain Dealer in Douglas County.

Removing from that county to Salem, he was elected State Printer and also acquired by purchase the Oregon Statesman, of which he was the editor. For one term he served as Surveyor General of Oregon. The various positions, which he held, were filled with such recognized ability and resourcefulness that he was still further honored in being selected as Commander of the Soldiers' Home at Roseburg.

After his retirement from that office he returned to Salem, where he now makes his home. While filling all of these important positions, at no time did he sever his connection with or his interest in the work of government surveying and contracting, in which he has built up a reputation for accuracy and painstaking care. In the work of the Grand Army of the Republic he has always taken a warm interest and has been one of the leaders of the organization in his state.

By his marriage to Anna Augusta, daughter of William Slocum, General Byars became associated with an old Kentucky family.


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