Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society
Members are Busy at Work
Preserving our History And Restoring the Bayless House.
Story and Photos by: Darla Marbut
|Georgia Farwell, President of the society, said that the plaques have been removed for the painting of the ceiling and new paint
on the pillars.
She also said that as far as she knew the back wing was once where the kitchen on the main floor was located.
The door with the stained glass is an original door. They had it redone. She said that Max Fields did the stain glass work for us and we are very proud of it.
The back wing of the house is where we plan on the research room and library to be. As the money comes in more work can be done.
|The Barry County Genealogical & Historical Society recently received $15,000 for restoration from a member of
the Stubblefield Family. Rex Stubblefield the donor said his interest in the Bayless-Salyer House stems from the fact that his great aunt, Mary Stubblefield Bayless, lived in the home and his father,
Karl Stubblefield, lived in the home with his Aunt Mary for a time. Mary Stubblefield Bayless was John Bayless' second wife.
During a recent work day, a small group of volunteers worked scraping, cleaning and sanding woodwork on the interior of the home to prepare it for painting and further restoration.
Previously, the exterior and foundation of the historical Colonial revival-style homes had been restored.
A new metal front porch ceiling has been installed thanks to a donation from Dee McGruder, new columns on the porch were also erected and a new floor installed.
The brick wall and roof on the back side of the house have been redone.
The next big effort will be to install heating, air conditioning and plumbing.
When restoration of the home is complete, it will be filled with period furniture that was common during the early years of Barry County's history and will be used to store the society's books and historical records.
The more donations received the faster the completion will be of this wonderful old home.
Ancestors Unlimited, is a quarterly, published by the Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society. The membership fee is only $10 per year.
Back issues are also available.
Checks should be made to the society and designated for the Bayless-Salyer House Restoration.
If you have questions about this non-profit project you can call Georgia Farwell at 417-271-3521.
|This is the obituary that was published in the November 2000 issue of Ancestors Unlimited.
Died at Claremore, Indian Territory, Sunday, June 2, 1907 at 1:15p.m.
Cassville, Barry Co., MO, 1880 Federal Census
25-28. John M. Bayless, Self, M, Male, White, 28, TN, Revenue Collector, TN, TN
|"After the death of John M. Bayless in 1907 in the same year that Oklahoma became a state, the Bayless House was
purchased from the Bayless family by Rufus Garland Salyer and wife Mary Lee Young Salyer. Their children were Arthur G. Salyer and daughter Julia May Quinn. Mrs. Quinn was a doctor.
The Salyers moved to Cassville from Golden where he was successful merchant, farmer and stockman.
Rufus Salyer was born in Kentucky and was living in Salyerville, KY, prior to the Civil War where he served the Confederacy from that state in the famous Morgan Division. He was in some of the hardest campaigns of that great conflict. He was very young while serving as the Drummer boy. He attended many of the Old Soldiers Reunions all around the country, receiving medals from each for his banner.
Rufus had been married previously and had children by his first wife. (Martha Jane Perry md. Feb 4, 1869). Their children were: Emma S. (m. James Tucker, Richard's son), David Dudley Salyer, George Clay Salyer and Leony Salyer.
Under the will (Rufus'), Mary L. Salyer, the widow, is to have the home property consisting of the brick residence and about 20 acres of land extending from the home west to the J. B. Hessee land and up the C & E Railroad. At her death the property willed to Mrs. Salyer goes to her son, A.G. Salyer. (Arthur G. (probably Garland) Salyer)
Arthur G. Salyer, the son resided in the home for many more years, along with two children Ben and Genette. Arthur G. was the owner who built the front portion of the porch on that makes the house complete as it is today. The approximate date is 1928 and may be logged down in a record book somewhere? Arthur G. Salyer and P.E. Horine were in business together in Cassville. A distant cousin Glenn was a doctor living in Cassville.
There was a wood shed and a two story smoke house behind the house with a barn across the road. John M. Bayless kept mules there when the C & E Railroad was built." Ancestors Unlimited, page 58
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