Biography of Lafayette M. Kyes
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Lafayette M. Kyes. Among the most prominent attorneys and influential citizens of Columbiana County is Lafayette M. Kyes, of East Palestine. He was born at Unity, Ohio, May 29, 1879, and is the son of Lafayette M. and Elizabeth Ann (Martin) Kyes.

Lafayette M. Kyes, deceased, was a native of Michigan. He was a farmer and during the Civil War served as a captain of the 29th Indiana Volunteers. He was drowned at Yankton, S. D., in 1879. His widow, who was born in East Palestine, lives at Toledo, Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Kyes were born two children: Lafayette M., the subject of this sketch; and Ida M. Edge, lives at Toledo, Ohio.

Lafayette M. Kyes spent his boyhood at Unity, Ohio, and attended the public schools of East Palestine and East Palestine Business College. He was graduated from Mt. Hope College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Ohio Northern University, from which he received his L. L. D. degree in 1902. On June 17th of that year he was admitted to the bar; Feb. 28, 1906, was admitted to practice in the United States Circuit Court; and on Oct. 10, 1911, was admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Kyes is engaged in the general practice of law and specializes in business and corporation law. He is identified with the Columbiana, Ohio State and American Bar associations.

For more than 20 years Mr. Kyes has been active in industrial and civic development in East Palestine and Columbiana County. He conducted the campaigns securing free mail and free express delivery for the City of East Palestine and for more than 20 years has headed the good roads movement of eastern Columbiana County. He is counsel for: The National Tire & Rubber Company, The McGraw Tire & Rubber Company, The Adamson Manufacturing Company, The Banner Machine Company, The Union Commercial & Savings Bank, The East Palestine Building & Loan Association, and numerous other corporations. He is also secretary of The National Tire & Rubber Company and a number of other local corporations. During the World War he was a member of the legal advisory board of Columbiana County.

On June 7, 1905, Mr. Kyes was united in marriage with Miss Myra E. Rogers, of Rogers, Ohio, the daughter of Theophilus G. and Ida M. (Hammond) Rogers, natives of Maryland and both now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Kyes a son, Roger Martin Kyes, was born. He is a student at Oberlin College.

Mr. Kyes is a Republican and served as mayor of East Palestine from 1908 until 1912, and as city solicitor from January, 1912, until January, 1924. He is also a member of the Columbiana County Republican Executive Committee. Mr. Kyes is a member of the Methodist Church, a 82nd degree Mason, and is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Sons of Veterans, Ohio Society of New York, and East Palestine Country Club. He belongs also to the Ohio State Horticultural Society and the American Pomological Society, and is prominently identified with orchard development in Columbiana County.

Mr. Kyes was for ten years secretary of the East Palestine Board of Trade in the most active industrial development period of the city's history and is now an active member of the board.

From:
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926


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