Byars family papers, 1866-1990  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Byars family
Title
Byars family papers
Dates
1866-1990 (inclusive)
1875-1923 (bulk)
Quantity
4.5 linear feet, (5 boxes and 2 oversize boxes)
Collection Number
WUA102
Summary
The Byars family papers consist of legal and financial documents, correspondence, photographs, and Willamette University memorabilia documenting the lives of several generations from approximately 1866 to 1990.
Repository
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem, OR
97301
Telephone: 503-370-6866
Fax: 503-370-6141
archives@willamette.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Processing of this collection was sponsored by the Willamette University History Department.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Byars family papers is a multigenerational collection that contains books, correspondence, photographs, financial and legal documents, and memorabilia connected with the Byars family, Willamette University, and Oregon. The material in the collection ranges from 1866 to 1990, but the majority is from 1875 to 1942. Items of note include: letters from William H. Byars to Senator John H. Mitchell regarding political appointments, a collection of cabinet cards, and a collection of land deeds from the Salem and Portland areas.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

William Henry Byars was born on July 7, 1839 in Des Moines County, Iowa, the son of Fleming Byars (1817-1848) and Maria (Deardorff) Byars (1817-1894). In 1853, he crossed the Oregon Trail with his family and settled in Milwaukie, Oregon. After meeting his future wife Emma A. (Slocum) Reed in Milwaukie in 1864, he moved to Douglas County, Oregon and worked as a teacher and mail carrier. Byars attended Umpqua Academy in 1860 and entered Willamette University in 1861. On March 15, 1865 Byars enlisted with Company A of the 1st Regiment Oregon Volunteer Cavalry under Colonel Reuben F. Maury. After being honorably discharged in 1866, he graduated from Umpqua Academy on June 21, 1867 as part of the first graduating class. A year and a half later he married Emma A. Reed on December 23, 1868. In 1873, he moved to Roseburg, Oregon and purchased the Roseburg Plaindealer newspaper. In 1882 he was elected state printer and moved to Salem, Oregon. Byars also worked as dater of the Oregon Statesman in Salem and purchased the Evening Capital Journal (later the Salem Capital Journal) shortly after its founding. He served as surveyor-general of Oregon under President Harrison and was appointed commandant of the state soldiers' home at Roseburg by Governor Lord. He died in Salem in 1922.

William Fleming Byars was born on February 26, 1871 in Wilbur, Oregon, the son of William Henry Byars (1839-1922) and Emma A. (Slocum) Byars (1843-1929). The family moved to Salem in 1883. There, he graduated from the Academy of Willamette University and spent a year in the College of Liberal Arts. At Willamette he met Ada Catharine Nesbitt of Goldendale, Washington whom he married on May 4, 1892. They moved to Portland and later to Goldendale in 1894, at which time he became the editor of the Goldendale Sentinel newspaper. Later, he acquired full ownership over the paper, which he published until he sold it in 1907. In 1908 he bought a half interest in an abstract company and would later purchase the other half. In 1913 he incorporated the three abstract companies of Klickitat County, Washington into the Abstract & Title Guaranty Company. Byars became president of the company and managed it until his death. He served as postmaster of Goldendale, Klickitat County engineer, city councilman, and mayor of Goldendale. He was active in the Goldendale Methodist Church and Mason Lodge No. 31. Byars died in Goldendale, Washington on March 6, 1949.

William "Bill" Joseph Byars was born April 14, 1917 to William N. Byars (1893-1982) and Minnie L. Byars (1890-1987). He graduated from Willamette University in 1941. During his time at Willamette, he was a member of Kappa Gamma Rho, the Mathematics Club, Songmen, and University Vespers. After her graduation from Willamette, he married Hilma May Breuser (Class of 1942). He died in Salem, Oregon on October 12, 2010.

Hilma May Breuser was born April 24, 1918 in Rainier, Oregon to Herman Mitchell Breuser (1873-1945) and Nancy Dorothy (Nowlin) Breuser (1890-1964). While attending Willamette University she worked as copy editor for the Willamette Collegian and was a member of Delta Tau Gamma and University Vespers. She graduated from Willamette University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1942 and later married William Joseph Byars (Class of 1941). She died in Salem, Oregon on January 24, 2011.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Byars family papers, Archives and Special Collections, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University.

Restrictions on Use

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  William Henry Byars, 1866-1989,   (bulk 1866-1921) Return to Top

All items found in metal box labeled "Great Gr. Byars Paper Save!" unless otherwise noted. See Box 7 for the metal box.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Correspondence
circa 1870-1919
Box Folder
1 1
Correspondence
Found in manila envelope labeled "Gr. Grandfather Byars (W. H. Byars) Personal History Files." See Box 1, Folder 11 for the envelope.
circa 1890s
1 2
Letter from Alfred H. Byars to W. H. Byars
1899 January 18
1 3
Letter from W. H. Byars to Austin Byars
Letter sent from Portland, Oregon.
1889 August 15
1 4
Letter to W. H. Byars
1898 May 8
1 5
Letters to W. H. Byars
Contains two letters (1885 and 1890) written on letterhead from the Oregon Statesman and a 1916 Multnomah Country tax return.
1885-1916
1 6
Letter from W. H. Byars to Austin Mires
circa 1870-1899
1 7
Letter from W. H. Byars to R. J. Hendricks
1890 November 15
1 8
Letter W. H. Byars to W. J. Shipley
1899 February 1
1 9
Letter of Payment from W. H. Byars to Mr. S. Swank
1913 October 14
1 10
Letter from Ronald C. Glover to W. H. Byars
1913 November 21
1 11
Letter to Mr. R. Hendricks
Found in Manila envelope labeled "Gr. Grandfather Byars (W.H. Byars) Personal History Files." The envelope is enclosed in this folder.
1890 November 21
1 12
Letter from William M. Hilleary to W. H. Byars
1913 December 5
1 13
Letter from R. J. Hendricks to W. H. Byars
1890 November 20
1 14
Letter from Austin Mires to W. H. Byars
Letter enclosed with a newspaper clipping: "Austin Mires Writes Poem on Fame."
1919 May 8
1 15
Correspondence between Senator John H. Mitchell and W. H. Byars
Contains two sets of letters (1885 and 1889) between Senator John H. Mitchell and W. H. Byars. The first set of letters regards an audit of W. H. Byars with audit papers enclosed. The second set of letters regards politics in Oregon and Washington D.C. The envelope containing these papers is postmarked 1902.
1885, 1889
1 16
Letter of Payment from Mrs. R. L. Mouely to W. H. Byars
1912 July 15
1 17
Letters to Ronald C. Glover
Contains two letters from Charles H. Withers, Jr. and one letter from W. H. Byars (father-in-law of Ronald C. Glover).
1913
1 18
Telegram from Paxton
1889 October 18
item
6 4
Letterpress Copybook
1892-1899
Subseries B: Legal Documents
1873-1911
Box Folder
1 19
Abstract of Title
From the Abstract Office of Union Title Abstract Company in Salem, Oregon. Abstract of Title number 161 to lot number 3 in Block number 53 in the City of Salem.
1890 April 28
1 20
Abstract of Title
From the Abstract Office of Union Title Abstract Company in Salem, Oregon. Abstract of Title 66,000 to multiple lots on the Santiam River.
1892 August 22
1 21
Contract between W. H. Byars and R. J. Hendricks
1886 November 2
1 22
Contract between W. H. Byars and W. B. Raffety
1889 June 10
1 23
Contract between W. H. Byars and M. C. Starr
1889 July 31
1 24
Land Records
Written on "The Greater Salem Midsummer Carnival" letterhead. The notes detail multiple land transactions from 1873-1902.
1903
1 25
Mortgage Loan Envelope
1890 May 20
4 1
Deeds
1888-1908
4 2
Purchase of Patent Rights from John Bowen
1876 July 22
4 3
Patent letter signed by John H. Miller & John D. Brown
circa 1870s
4 4
Printing Press Bill of Sale - S.F. Floed to W.H. Byars
1883 November 28
4 5
Printing Equipment Bill of Sale - W. A. McPherson to W. H. Byars
1875 March 23
4 6
Lease Agreement for Plaindealer Office
1878 November 9
4 7
Contract between W. H. Byars and A. R. Flint
1877 October 25
4 8
Duplicate Land Sale Agreement between W. H. Byars and Francis I. McKenna
1892 September 22
4 9
Oregon Daily and Weekly Statesman Interests Sold
1883 May 4
4 10
Bond for Deed from Portland University to W. H. Byars
1892 September 21
4 11
Deed E. A. Byars
1898 March 15
4 12
Oregon & California Railroad Deed for Land to Lewis Stout & Memo for Sale of a Buggy
1875-1886
4 13
Warranty Deed W. H. Odell & Wife to W. H. Byars
1883 March 3
4 14
Warranty Deed from Lewis Stout & Wife to W. H. Byars
1885 September 19
4 15
Duplicate Last Will & Testament of Emma A. Byars
1924 September 3
4 16
Lease from W. H. Byars to Charles H. Withers
1911 August 9
item
6 2
Salem Book of Laws
1903
Subseries C: Financial Documents
1890-1921
Box Folder
1 26
Receipts
1890-1893
1 27
Receipts for Payments to Francis I. McKenna
1892-1893
1 28
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1919 November
1 29
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1920 January
1 30
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1920 February
1 31
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1920 March
1 32
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1920 April
1 33
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1920 May
1 34
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1920 June
1 35
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1920 July
1 36
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1920 August
1 37
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1920 September
1 38
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1920 October
1 39
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1920 November
1 40
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1920 December
1 41
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1921 January
1 42
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1921 February
1 43
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1921 March
1 44
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1921 April
1 45
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1921 May
1 46
Ladd & Bush, Bankers checks
1921 June
1 47
Receipts
1920s
1 48
A.O.U.W. Dues Receipts
1919-1921
1 49
Dr. B. H. White Receipt
1919 June 10
1 50
Oregon Historical Society Dues Receipts
1919 April 13
1 51
Glendale Lumber Stock Certificate
Certificate made out to W. H. Byars for 100 shares of stock.
1890 April 2
1 52
Salem Consolidated Street Railway Stock Certificate
Certificate made out to W. H. Byars for 5 shares of stock.
1893 April 15
1 53
Tax Returns of E. A. Byars
1917
1 54
Tax Receipt for W. H. Byars
1914 September 17
1 55
Transaction Book
1920-1921
1 56
Utility Bill
1920 August
Subseries D: Military Documents
Materials in this subseries were not found in the metal box.
1866-1915
Box Folder
2 1
Personal Military and Civil History of William H. Byars
Contains William H. Byars' complete military career under the commands of Thomas R. Cornelius and Reuben F. Maury as well as a handwritten autobiography of William H. Byars' civil life. Also includes multiple notes, newspaper clippings, and photographs of Congressman Hawley's headstone and a cabinet card of W. H. Byars with mining equipment from Ray Stout's picture collection.
1902
2 2
Certificate of Discharge
1901 September 15
2 3
Samuel P. Buck Military Discharge
1898 August 15
2 4
General Order Sedgwick Post Number 10
1915 May 28
2 5
Transfer Card W. H. Byars
1866 April 6
2 6
Veterans Associated Roster
1908
Subseries E: Certificates
The Willamette University diplomas for Vera Mary Byars and Ronald Grawfond Glover were included in this series because these were the only items of theirs in the collection. Vera Mary Byars was William Henry Byars' daughter. She married Ronald Grawfond Glover.
1867-1906
Box Folder
2 7
National Geographic Society Certificate
1910
2 8
William Henry Byars - Umpqua Academy Diploma
1867 June 21
5 1
W. H. Byars - Notary Public Certificate
1903 April 14
5 3
W. H. Byars - Notary Public Certificate
1885 June 15
5 4
W. H. Byars - State Printer Certificate
Found in envelope "Save Gr. Gr Byars apt as State Printers 1880s"
1882 June 5
5 5
Vera Mary Byars - Diploma in Music from Northwest Normal College
1905 June 20
5 6
Ronald Crawford Glover - Diploma Bachelor of Laws Willamette University
1906 June 12
Subseries F: Miscellaneous
circa 1880-1989; circa 1897-1920
Box Folder
2 9
Fort Klamath Prose by O. A.
circa 1900-1920
2 10
Personal Notebook
Written in a "Patronize American Capital German American Insurance Company of New York" notebook.
1897
2 11
San Diego Map Book
Dodge Auto map and guide book to points of interests and tours in San Diego.
1915
2 12
Whitworth College Vocal Instruction Program
1918 May 24
2 13
W. F. Byars - W. H. Byars
The only photograph found in the metal box labeled "Great Gr. Byars Paper Save!"
circa 1910-1920
4 17
Autobiography William Henry Byars
circa 1920s
4 18
Autobiography William Henry Byars (copy)
circa 1980s
4 19
Crossing the Plain (W. H. Byars)
circa 1920s
4 20
Mail Carrier Account
circa 1920s
4 21
As United States Mail Carrier (W. H. Byars)
circa 1980s
4 22
Photocopies of W. H. Byars Works
circa 1980s
5 2
Map of San Diego
circa 1920s
item
6 3
Miss Ana Byars Roseburg, Oregon Autography Book
circa 1880s
object
7 1
Metal Box

Series II:  William Fleming Byars, 1911-1949Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 18
Obituary of William F. Byars
This obituary was published in The Goldendale Sentinel.
1949 March 10
2 14
Weekly Willamette Collegian
1911 February 16
2 15
Banquet Program
1922 June 14
2 16
Commencement Program
1922 June 14
2 17
Commencement Schedule
1922 June 14
4 23
News Article - William F. Byars
circa 1940s
4 24
News Article - William F. Byars
circa 1940s
4 25
Obituary of Mrs. W. F. (Ada Catherine Nesbitt) Byars
circa 1950s

Series III:  William J. Byars and Hilma Breuser Byars, 1890-1990,   (bulk 1938-1942) Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
YM-YW Dance Programs
1938-1940
3 2
May Weekend Programs
1939-1942
3 3
Lausanne Hall Program
1940 February 10
3 4
Lausanne Open House Invitation
1940 February 10
3 5
Kappa Gamma Rho Dance Invitations
1940 April 29
2 19
Mail Carrier Account Copy
Found in a manila envelope.
1990 August 31
2 20
Short biography of Rev. William Nesbitt Byars
circa 1953
2 21
Chopsticks
circa 1939
2 22
Commencement Invitation
1941
2 23
Freshman Study List
1939
2 24
Freshman Glee Programs
1939-1941
2 25
Postcard from James Byars
1938 September 23
2 26
Letter from Margaret Taylor to Hilma Breuser
1939
2 27
Letters from Bill J. Byars to Hilma Breuser
1939
2 28
Letter from Mr. Breuser to Hilma Breuser
1942 March 12
2 29
Student Activity Ticket Books
1939-1940
2 30
Student Directory
1938
2 31
Student Handbooks
1939-1940
2 32
Membership Cards
1942
2 33
Name Cards
1939-1940
2 34
Flower Cards
1939-1942
2 35
Postcards
1940
2 36
Birthday Card
1939
2 37
Valentine's Day Card
1942 February 12
2 38
Music Recital Program
1942 February 5
3 6
Lausanne Room Rent Receipts
1939-1941
3 7
Photographs
circa 1935-1940
3 8
Photograph of Hilma M. (Breuser) Byars
1992
3 9
Photograph of William J. Byars
circa 1940
3 10
Class of 1942 35th Reunion Photograph
1977 May 7
3 11
Photograph Description
circa 1890s
3 12
Newspaper Clipping and Photographs
Found in the 1939 Wullulah between pages 24 and 25.
1987 August 12
3 13
Newspaper Clippings
Found in the 1939 Wullulah between pages 62 and 63.
circa 1950s
3 14
Newspaper Clippings
circa 1940s
3 15
Prom Programs
1940-1941
3 16
Kappa Gamma Rho Memorabilia
1939-1941
3 17
Dalda Dau Gamma Programs
1939
3 18
Lausanne Hall Dance Programs
1938-1941
3 19
Alpha Psi Delta Booklet
1938
3 20
Kappa Gamma Rho Booklet
1937-1938
3 21
First Methodist Church Memorabilia
1940-1941
3 22
Willamette Sticker
circa 1940
item
6 1
Inscribed Copy of the Chronicles of Willamette
Inscription reads: "To William and Hilma Byars, with the high regards of the Author. Robert Moulton Gatke Aug. 30 1943." Loose in main box.
1943 August 30

Series IV:  Photographs, 1880-1930Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 39
4th Grade Class
Odell, Oregon. Names of everyone in the class included on the back of the photograph.
1926
2 40
Edna, Norah, Alicia, and Claire
circa 1900-1920
2 41
Minnie Dorgmon Byars
1909
2 42
Waterfall by Vera Marie Byars
circa 1910s
2 43
Rodmon Carl Cole (Spokane High School)
Spokane High School graduation photo. Created by Libby Art Studio.
1907
2 44
Peyton and William Barber
1914 March 12
2 45
Rebecca Byars McKee
Dayton, Washington. Created at New Model Studio.
circa 1880s
2 46
Austen Mises
Olympia, Washington. Created by Rodgers.
circa 1880s
2 47
Hubert Vincent and Jayce Deulot
Wedding photograph. Created by Hathaway.
1913
2 48
Unidentified Baby
Created by Jed Br__ Photography.
circa 1880s
2 49
Unidentified Baby
Richmond, Indiana. Created by East End Studios, Stigleman and Son.
circa 1880s
2 50
Unidentified Family
circa 1910-1930
2 51
Prize Bull and Unidentified Man
circa 1910-1930
2 52
Unidentified Man
Salem, Oregon. Created by Cronise Photo.
circa 1880s
2 53
Unidentified Man
Olympia, Washington.
circa 1890s
2 54
Unidentified Woman
circa 1880s
2 55
Unidentified Woman
Cherrington of Salem, Oregon.
circa 1880s
2 56
Unidentified Woman
Haussler of San Francisco, California.
circa 1900-1920
2 57
Unidentified Woman
Lentz Bros. of Peru, Indiana.
circa 1880s
5 7
Willamette University Bicycle Club Photograph
Removed from frame.
circa 1940s

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Pioneers
  • Personal Names :
  • Byars, A. H. (Alfred Henry), 1872-1959
  • Byars, Ada Catharine, 1872-1936
  • Byars, Emma A. (Emma Augusta), 1843-1929
  • Byars, Hilma M. (Hilma May), 1918-2011
  • Byars, W. N. (William Nesbitt), 1893-
  • Byars, William F. (William Fleming), 1871-1949
  • Byars, William H. (William Henry), 1839-1922
  • Byars, William J., 1917-2010
  • Cornelius, Thomas R.
  • Glover, Ronald C., 1882-1964
  • Glover, Vera Mary, 1884-1969
  • Maury, Reuben F., 1821-1906
  • Mitchell, John H. (John Hipple), 1835-1905
  • Corporate Names :
  • Ladd & Bush Bank (1869-1940)
  • Oregon Historical Society
  • Portland University (Portland, Or.)
  • Umpqua Academy (Wilbur, Or.)
  • Willamette University
  • Geographical Names :
  • Des Moines (Iowa)
  • Goldendale (Wash.)
  • Olympia (Wash.)
  • Portland (Or.)
  • Roseburg (Or.)
  • Salem (Or.)
  • Spokane (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • correspondence
  • deeds
  • legal documents