October 28, 1824–November 3, 1901
|The following is from a Rock Rapids paper of last week.
"John Byerly, father of Mrs. H. D. Conklin, dropped dead of heart disease Sunday evening just at dusk at the family home in East Rock Rapids. Mr. Byerly, who was 77 years of age, had been in poor health for some time and had frequent attacks of heart failure. Sunday evening he started out to do the chores about the barn and when he did not return at the proper time, Mr. Conklin followed to see if he was all right. He was found laying on the ground near the stables and life was extinct, although the body was still warm. He had apparently fallen and died without a struggle as his features were composed (note: lost a line of print here where the story continues on the next page).
The remains were taken to Anamosa, Iowa, Monday by Mr. Conklin and Melvin Byerly, a son of the deceased."
John Byerly was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, Oct. 28d, 1824, and died in Rock Rapids, Iowa, Nov. 3d. 1901, aged 77 years and 11 days. His parents Francis and Catharine Byerly located with their family in Jackson township, Jones county Iowa, in 1846, John being 22 years of age at the time.
On Dec. 30th, 1854 he was married to Miss Filicia Alspaugh. To them were born ten children--six daughters and four sons--four daughters and one son preceeded their father to the world beyond, while two daughters and three sons survive him, namely: Mrs. Celesta Fielding of Anamosa, Mrs. M E. Conklin of Rock Rapids; the ***** A. Byerly, of Marion, and Marshall ***** of Anamosa and Adam of Ardock, North Dakota--survive besides numerous other relatives.
In 1877 he sold his farm in Jackson township and moved to Prairieburg, Linn county and lived there five years, when he again purchased a farm near Monticello and located again in Jones county. He lived here about five years. His wife died nineteen years ago coming this December when he again sold his farm and moved to south-western Kansas, where he purchased a farm homestead and lived on it two or three years when he sold out and come back to Iowa and since has made his home with his daughter Mrs. Conklin of Rock Rapids, Iowa.
John Byerly was a noble man as a husband, father, neighbor or citizen. He was a member of the U. B. church in his younger days, eighteen years ago uniting with the M. E. church.
The funeral and committal services were conducted by Elder Nathan Potter at Antioch church Nov. 6. at 2 o'clock p.m.
Submitted by: Margaret Byerly Filbin.
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