JOHN ANDREW AYERS.
Closely connected with agricultural and stock raising interests in Marion county for many years was John Andrew
Ayers, who passed away on the 23d of May, 1913, after a residence of many years in this county. He was born in
Illinois on the 26th of January, 1853, his parents being Andrew and Susanna (Smith) Ayers. At an early day the
family was established in Marion county, becoming identified with the development of this part of the state when
the work of progress and improvement had scarcely been begun here. The family home was established in Liberty township
and Andrew Ayers carried on general farming up to the time of his death. He also took an active interest in community
affairs and cooperated in many plans and movements for the development and upbuilding of the county. Both he and
his wife were people of the highest respectability and their lives, at all times honorable and upright, won for
them warm regard.
John A. Ayers was a pupil in the public schools of this county, to which he came with his parents in early life.
He started out on his own account when but a youth and was always identified with general agricultural interests.
He also followed carpentering and was a good workman in that line. He thoroughly understood the best methods of
tilling the soil and caring for the crops and as the years passed on he brought his farm to a high state of cultivation
and received therefrom a gratifying annual income, for the large crops which he harvested found a ready sale.
On the 17th of April, 1879, Mr. Ayers was married to Miss Mary M. Yeater, a daughter of James R. and Virginia (Shaw)
Yeater. To Mr. and Mrs. Ayers were born three children, Elmer, Mamie and Alfred, all of whom survive. The father
passed away on the 23d of May, 1913, and was laid to rest in the Bussey cemetery.
His political allegiance had always been given the republican party from the time when age conferred upon him the
right of franchise and for several terms he had efficiently served as road supervisor of Liberty township. He did
not seek nor desire office, however. He was essentially a home man and preferred to concentrate his energies upon
his business affairs and the enjoyment of the companionship of his family, to whom he was a devoted husband and
father. In friendship, too, he was faithful and true, and he was highly regarded by all who knew him, so that his
death was the occasion of deep regret throughout the county.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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