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Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana (Chapman Brothers, 1893) p 291
Allen BYERS a prominent and well known public official of Montgomery County is a practical and prosperous farmer with a well ordered and finely improved farm on Section 6, Ripley Twp. A native of Hamilton Co, Ohio, born Sept. 18, 1847 he comes of the old pioneer stock of that state. His paternal grandfather was John Byers who was born in Ohio and resided there 30 years. He then left the country to establish himself in the tannery business at Valparaiso, South America, where the remainder of his life was spent his death occurring in 1857. The parents of our subject were James and Sophronia BARNES Byers, the former a native of Hamilton Co. Both died of the cholera in 1849 while yet in the prime of their life. Thus sadly bereft of father and mother when most he needed their fostering care, our subject went to live with his grandfather, with whom he remained until his 15th year. At that early period of his life he began to fight its battles single-handed, animated by a sturdy, self reliant spirit and a desire to make the best of himself. His struggles in gaining his present position need not be described on these pages. Suffice it to say he rose superior to circumstances and while yet in the full vigor and prime of life had secured an ample competency. He has devoted himself assiduously to agricultural pursuits, and is now the fortunate proprietor of a farm that compares favorably with the others in the township in excellence of cultivation in fertility of soil and in regard to substantial modern improvements. It comprises 106 acres of fine farming land, and its well tilled fields and rich pastures yield a good yearly income. Mr. Byers' amiable wife, formerly Mary LITTLE has contributed no little to his success, comfort and happiness. 3 children complete their pleasant home circle: Estella born August 20, 1872 is a graduate of Ripley HS; James who was born in 1877 and Harry C. born 1888. Coral L. is deceased. Mr. Byers is active in politics and is influential in the ranks of the Democratic party to which he gives unswerving allegiance. He is the present County Commissioner of Montgomery County and has about 100 miles of turnpike roads under his supervision, their excellent condition betokening the constant care and attention that he gives them. He has the full confidence and respect of his fellow citizens, and all agree without respect to party, that he is the right man for the place. He has held other official positions, and has been Assessor for 9 years. Our subject has social relations with Alamo Lodge NO. 144 AF & AM; and with Commandery NO. 25, KT of Crawfordsville also with Lodge No. 316 KP. He is open hearted and generous, and his contributions to religious and charitable objects are in proportion to his means. Since the above was written our subject has been reelected for a term of 3 years for Co. Commissioner.
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