|m.(1) Anna Messer|
|m.(2) Edna Ruth Walker|
The Hays Daily News August 25, 1937
HIRAM W. BYERS DIES
AFTER LONG ILLNESS
Well Known Pioneer Ellis County
Resident, Succumbs After
Two Years Illness
Hiram W. Byers, 81, well-known pioneer Ellis county resident, diedat 11 o'clock this morning at his home, 104 East Eighteenth street. Mr. Byers became ill ten days ago, but had appeared to be improving until Monday night when his condition took a turn for the worse and became critical. He had suffered from ill health for two years.
Born in 1856
Hiram Westover Byers was born March 27, 1856 at Salem, Ia., the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Byers. He lived at Salem until he was 21 years old and then worked in northwest Iowa. In 1879 with the families of James McIntosh, the father of Mrs. John O'Loughlin and Jake Byers, Mr. Byers came to Ellis county. The party traveled in covered wagons. He lived here for a year and in 1880 went with James McIntosh to Colorado to work on a railroad. Mr. Byers also worked in Colorado silver mines before coming back to Ellis county in 1892 to buy a farm northeast of Hays. Later, with his brother, John, he bought the farm which is now the Matthew Truan place and farmed there until in 1895 he purchased the farm he owned at the time of his death, twelve and a half miles northeastof Hays.
Married in 1900
Mr. Byers was married September of 1900 to Miss Anna Messer, a resident of New York state and the couple lived on the farm northeast of Hays until 1919 when Mrs. Byers died. In the spring of 1920 he came to Hays to make his home with Mr. and Mrs. George Balls.
On Sept. 30, 1928, Mr. Byers was married at Moulton, Ia., to Miss Edna Walker of Moulton, and since that time had made his home in Hays.
Mr. Byers was the last member of a family of thirteen brothers and sisters and is survived only by the widow, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Anna Byers of South Haven, Kas., and a number of nephews and nieces. Funeral arrangements had not been made late this afternoon and will be announced later in the News.
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