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Albion Morris Dyer
A LBION Morris Dyer was a native of the great
commonwealth of Ohio, which has during her history produced
some of America's most illustrious sons. He was born
in the town of Hamilton, Butler County, on January
16, 1858. He was the son of Elbridge Gerry Dyer and Margaret Morris Leyrer. His father was a native of Maine, being born in the town of Saco. The family was descended from William Dyer who came to America in the year 1665, and settled in the town of Hingham, Massachusetts, he being one of the original settlers of that section. In 1840, the father of the subject of this sketch came from his home town in Maine to Ohio, making his home in Columbus. In 1847, however, attracted by the many advantages offered by the town of Hamilton as a manufacturing center, especially by the fact that there was an abundance of cheap water power, he left Columbus, and made his home henceforth in the town of Hamilton. There he engaged in the manufacture of steam engines, sawmill machinery, stoves, and threshing machinery, and became one of the leading manufacturers of southern Ohio. Mr. Dyer's mother was a native of the town of Amloch, Anglesea Isle, North Wales. Her father was a Baptist minister, and with many of his countrymen, came to America and settled near the town of Radnor, Ohio, in 1829.
Albion Morris Dyer received his primary education in Hamilton, Ohio, and then went to Madison University (now Colgate) at Hamilton, New York, where he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1884. He then returned to Ohio where he entered the field of journalism. He engaged for many years in reportorial work on various newspapers in Cleveland, and later in New York City. In the spring of 1901, he was made director of publicity for the Pan-American Exposition which was held at Buffalo, New York, and was present at the gathering when President McKinley was stricken by the assassin's bullet. In the year 1904, Mr. Dyer retired from newspaper work, and was placed in charge of the Western Reserve Historical Society of Cleveland, as curator, which position he held until a short while before his death, when, owing to failing health, he was compelled to retire from active life. During his connection with the Historical Society, Mr. Dyer became one of the best known men engaged in historical, bibliographical, and archeological research in America. His work took him at times to all parts of the country, but he spent the greater part of his time in the study of Ohio history.
Mr. Dyer was married June 23,1886, to Miss Ella Marie Dunham, at Warren, Ohio. Mrs. Dyer was the daughter of Truman and Angeline (Griswold) Dunham. She was born in Cleveland, but after her parents' death, she went to Warren where she made her home with her grandparents. Her father was one of Cleveland's early settlers, and her mother's father was one of the pioneers of Trumbull County, Ohio. Mrs. Dyer is an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and also of the Colonial Dames.
There were four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Dyer. They are as follows : First, Elbridge G. Dyer, who was born in New York City, May 15, 1887 and received his early education in a private school of New York and in the public school of Warren, Ohio, afterward entering the University School of Cleveland, where he received his preparatory schooling. After his graduation from that school he entered Yale, whence he received the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy in 1910, He took a post-graduate course in Civil Engineering, and upon the completion of his studies he entered the service of the government in the work on the Panama Canal, being connected with the sanitary branch of the work, gaining much favorable mention for the efficiency of his labors. Leaving Panama he returned to the States and has located in Utica, New York, where he has established himself in the manufacturing business. He was married June 21, 1913, to Miss Florence Marion Foster, a daughter of William S. Foster, a prominent business man of Utica. Second, Sidney D. Dyer. He was born January 13, 1889, in Omaha, Nebraska, and received his early education in the Warren, Ohio, public schools. He, too, was a graduate of the University School, and entered Yale, but he remained there for only two years, when he entered Johns Hopkins University, remaining a year, when he went into business. He is unmarried and makes his home in New York City, where he is associated with the Linde Air Product Company. Third, Dorothy Dyer. Miss Dorothy was born in Omaha, Nebraska, June 17, 1890, and received her schooling in the Mittleberger School, of Cleveland; Ely Court, of Greenwich, Connecticut, and the Holton Arms, of Washington, D. C. She makes her home with her mother in Cleveland. Fourth, Truman Dyer. Being the youngest of the children, Truman is still in school. He received his preparatory education in University School, of Cleveland. He then entered Phillips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts, where he is in his junior year.
Albion Morris Dyer passed away May 18, 1912. As stated before, for several months prior to his death, he had been in ill health, which necessitated his retirement from active life. In January of that year, Mr. Dyer received an injury in an accident that greatly weakened him, and, when he was attacked by pneumonia, his system was so susceptible to the dread disease he was not able to ward it off, and it caused his death. In the passing of this man the city of Cleveland and the State of Ohio lost one of its most useful and active citizens, and the particular field in which he labored lost one of its most valued members. His work in the journalistic field caused him to become known as one of the best in that line of endeavor, as was evidenced by his appointment to the post he held in the Pan-American Exposition. But he was a student all his life of the questions of history and archeology, and the ambition of his life was realized when he was finally called to accept the position he held during the last few years of his life. In 1906, Western Reserve University recognized his high standing by conferring on him the honoring degree of Master of Arts.
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Albion Morris Dyer has gone to reap the sure reward his endeavors for the benefit of man-kind so well entitled him; but while he has will
gone, his memory wiremain fresh in the hearts of all those who knew him.
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