Salem News March 16, 1916
JACKSON TWP.- Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Byers welcomed a little son to their home last Friday morning.
Salem News, Feb. 19, 1931
A FAREWELL PARTY
A farewell party was held Tuesday evening in the basement of the M. E. church in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Byers who will soon leave for their new home near West Branch.
This family has been very faithful workers in the church and community and the Salem M. E. church especially regret to lose them although what is our loss will be a very profitable gain in the West Branch community.
The first part of the evening was spent in playing games among which was a very interesting and instructive game played in which well known manufacturing places of Iowa were located.
All seemed to enjoy the evening to its utmost. The older ones visiting while the Supt. And Mrs. Warner Russell had charge of the young people and the children enjoyed themselves in games to their liking.
Following this delicious refreshments of sandwiches, pickles, wafers, fruit salad and coffee, was served. Then followed the program of the evening under the direction of Rev. Geo. Pennington which consisted of pep singing led by a group of young people and short talks by Mr. Smith, Mrs. Hattie Wilmeth, Newell DeLong, Supt. Russell, Mrs. Mary Smith and Mrs. Minnie Masden, also the presenting of gifts from the different departments of the church, and then a very fitting response was given by Mr. Floyd Byers in behalf of himself and family.
About one hundred and twenty five friends attended this social event and all join in wishing the Byers family success and happiness in their new home.
The Salem Weekly News Jan. 24, 1946
PERRY FLOYD BYERS
Perry Floyd Byers, son of Perry, and Ruth Byers was born August 4, 1889 in Henry county, Iowa near the town of Salem. He passed away at Mercy hospital in Iowa City, January 20, 1946 at the age of 56 years, five months and 16 days.
On Oct. 26, 1912 he was united in marriage to Winnifred Taylor and farmed in the vicinity of Salem until 1931 when they moved to a farmnear West Branch, Iowa. It was in this community that he resided at the time of his death. To this union were born six children: Vernon of West Liberty; Cleo, Leland and Carol, at home; Thelma, now Mrs. Dale Smith of Tipton and Darlene, now Mrs. Gerald Nevins of West Liberty. Surviving are the wife, these children and one grandson, Barry Smith.
He also leaves to mourn his passing three sisters and two brothers as follows: Mrs. Nettie Bunker and Mrs. Zylphia Hannah of Mr. Pleasant, Ia.; Mrs. Hattie Striebe of Longview, Washington: Leonard Byers of Beloit, Wisconsin and Harvey Byers of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and two brothers.
Mr. Byers united with the Methodist church in Salem and was a faithful member while living there. Later he transferred his membership to the west Branch chruch. Here he made many more lasting friends and was always interested in the welfare of the community. For many years he was a member and president of the school board at Downey giving freely of his time and efforts. He was a quiet, congenial, and good-natured individual, ever kind and thoughtful, always thinking and planning for his family and many friends.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in West Branch on January 22 at 12:30 P. M. and interment was in Friends Cemetery at Salem. Rev. James P. Gable, former pastor of the West Branch Methodist church officiated at the final rites.
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