William Newton “Bill” Byars

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William Newton “Bill” Byars

  • Birth 15 Dec 1917 California, USA
  • Death 11 Nov 1980 Sacramento County, California, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 70253431

Bill Byars, SNGH, preserver and restorer of California's Historical Heritage.

A devoted Clamper in the Grand Tradition of the Ancient and Honorable order of E Clampus Vitus, he was the 4th Humbug of the Meek - Stewart chapter in 1965 and Sublime in 1979.

1965 William N. Byars
A very interesting man, Bill was a self-employed carpenter in Nevada County who had lived in Southern California for many years, and had done many different things to earn a living.

Almost never seen without a moldy cigar stuck in his mouth, Bill built his own home and was highly sought in the area for his good work at reasonable prices.

Bill made many friends in the historical community of California and was once named California's Historian of the Year. He later became the Sublime Noble Grand Humbug of E Clampus Vitus. Bill also served as Chapter 10 Recorder for 5 years and carried on voluminous correspondence. Being the Recorder in those days was really tough. Bill, for example, hand wrote all the addresses for Chapter 10 mailings. At that time, I seem to recall him mentioning that there were over 1200 names on the list. Today, the labels are printed on the computer printer and take about 15 minutes. In fact, it takes more time to attach the labels to the mailings than it takes to print them.


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  • Created by: Lester Letson
  • Added: 22 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70253431
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Newton “Bill” Byars (15 Dec 1917–11 Nov 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70253431, ; Maintained by Lester Letson (contributor 46627920) Unknown.