Byrneville was settled in 1811 in the Little Indian Creek valley laid out on a cleared off portion of the 160 acres of farm land owned by Temple Cole Byrn. The Byrneville valley was originally discovered by Charles Leason Byrn in 1806. His brother Temple Cole came in 1809. Because there was so much sibling rivalry between the brothers Temple Cole eventually added an "e" to his surname making it "Byrne". That is why the name of the village is "Byrneville".
Today what remains is Main Street (the only street) which was old State Rd 64 but now called Whiskey Run Road; there were 2 Alleys behind the houses and businesses and dogs all around, population during the time I grew up was around 75 most of which were my relatives: grand parents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Our telephone, like the one pictured, was on the Georgetown Exchange, a party line shared with the Crandall Exchange, To make a call we would do 4 rings and ask operator for the 4 digit number we wanted to call, our number was Georgetown 4304.
I grew up experiencing many things which you do not know about.
You will see many of those things which were part of my life on this video clip:
Lost in the Fifties- Another Time, Another Place
Hats commemorating "Byrneville Days" which was a carnival/open house to raise money for the RLDS Church,
they even offered Hot Air Balloon rides, with a tethered balloon which go up several hundred feet.
One of the delights we enjoyed at Grandfather John's home was listening to his Edison Cylinder Player.
Looking both down and up the main & only street which was Old State Road 64, now called Whiskey-Run Rd.
John R Byrn General Merchandise in the center of the village, advertizing the store
John Byrn Home, the Pear Tree and Grandfather's well trimmed hedge, Store next door
Note the Gulf Gas Sign in front of John R. Byrn Merchandise
John & Hazel Owen Kenneth & Son Steve Judy, Beverly, Linda, John John & Hazel
Owen Kenneth's Sons Steve and David with Pam All Grown Up
The Byrneville Town Pump, was across the road from the John Byrn Home
Note the satellite dishes beyond, clash between what was and what is!
The Dad Byrne Airport
Descendants of Temple Cole Byrne
Historical records and family trees related to Charles Byrn
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Iona (Onie) Mosier, R. N. My First Baby Sitter
Onie & Husband Hewitt Bought Grandfathers General Store
and built a concrete block Mosier's Grocery a couple lots down from John's store.
My father and I tore down the old store around 1959 and happily noted the axe hewn poplar beams.
Mildred and Harley Maymon, my next door neighbors and very good friends; The Maymon Family were relatives and treasured by all of us Utzes. More pictures below.
Harley was a WWII Veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, a true American hero!
Harley was Pastor at Byrneville several times. One fond memory was watching him pitch softball,
he'd throw underhanded so hard and fast that you could hear the popping sound in the catcher's glove.
30th Infantry Badges & Medals Harley was assigned to a 37 mm Field Artillery Unit
New Salisbury High School Champions 1942- 1943
Row 1 Arthur Adkins, Carl Thomas, Max Harrison, Donald Martin, and Harlan Maymon.
Row 2 Coach Wilbur Richards, Philip Lottick, Jack Byrne,
George Winn, Charles Hurst, Donald Follette, P. Cipal and Coach William ( Bill ) Fellemy. Cheer Leaders Madeline LaDuke and Arthur Dome
Corn Creek Where I Was Baptized June 30, 1949 on left,
the old bridge in the middle and new bridge on right, Corn Creek in Flood Stage over the bridge
Lost Pony truss bridge over Corn Creek on Whiskey Run Road
Replaced by a new bridge in 1979
Byrneville Band 1902
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I was named after My Grandfather John Ransom Byrn, who pastored the Byrneville Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, today known as Community of Christ. Above left was his Pocket Bible Handbook. Grandfather John was pastor for 23 consecutive years (1930-1953) during the time I was growing up. I was born in his home early June 30, 1941 and my parents asked him to anoint my newborn head with consecrated olive oil and pray for me the prayer of faith because Dr. G. D. Baker who delivered me had told them I would die due to respiratory distress.
Grandfather made his living with "John R. Byrn General Merchandise". Upper right is one of the duplicating credit pads he kept for each family that needed to charge items. He would give the top copy to the customer and keep the duplicated with carbon paper copy for his records. The customer could pay weekly or monthly, and many were not able to pay at all. That was part of their ministry to the community. Many people both in town and the surrounding country depended on John & Hazel Byrn. They would often be called out in the night and would go help people wherever they were, doing for them whatever was possible for them to do. The extent of their sacrifices for others cannot be measured, it was truly bearing one another's burdens in very deed.
Built 1926, still in use today.
When the elders came to Byrneville to hold services in the homes, 30+ people, including my grandfather and grandmother were converted to Jesus Christ and joined the small group who built this building. During that 6 weeks of missionary preaching, Elder M. R. Scott was threatened by the Indiana Chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. He ignored the warnings and continued preaching and many were won to Christ because of his strong faith.
Byrneville Congregation is part of the Kentucky/Indiana Mission Center.
The Byrneville Saints with Pastor John Byrn The Pioneer Cemetery (Founders buried there)
[note me in the back, former pastor Floyd Gatrost in the center, John Byrn on right corner
The Pioneer Cemetery was on a bluff just on the other side of Corn Creek.
Other Byrneville Saints
Best Friends, Jim Finn & Irma Maymon Wedding
Jim & I were teachers at North Central and I introduced Jim to Irma.
Ceremony was performed by Irma's twin brother Irvin "Jake" Maymon (middle left)
Rozie, Scott & Irvin "Jake" Maymon & with grandkids
Bill, Annis & John Raine
Annis & Bill 25th Anniversary
Bill & Annis Raine, David & Bobbie Maymon, with Bob & Joann Harrison
with Mary Slaughterback and with Mary Lois Stiner who knew me newborn.
on left Joann, Bob & Richard Harrison and Betty Summers - on right with Bob & Joann
Left Pic Don & Mariam Hileman, Bob Harrison & I in the basement of Byrneville Church,
Bobbie and Harley Maymon in the church and Jake Maymon & Richard Harrison Mary Lois & George Stiner
Artie & Stephanie Zollman
Artie baptized by Elder Don Hilemen, Stephanie by Elder Bill Raine
Kinsie, Mariam Hileman and Stephanie Don Hielman Family Mariam
Lori Maymon & Warren Brunson Harley Maymon Family
David & Lori Maymon Mary & Bobbie Maymon Don Maymon Family Bobbie with his guitar
Bobbie with his stock car Harley at the controls as Bobbie works on engine Bobbie's Band
Bobbie with Son Rob
Mildred Maymon, Harry & Lois Tretter behind Doris Maymon Byrne
Irma Maymon holding Beverly, Linda & John in front
(I baptised Dennis at the Reunion Grounds, Dennis being a big guy decided to help me immerse
him so when I started to lay him under the water he kicked both legs out pulled me under with him!
(It was the only baptism I ever did in which I was baptized along with the candidate)
Middle Picture: Maribeth Stork, George Stiner, Joe Summers, Harry Stiner and Mary Lois Stiner
Dennis and Maribeth Stork
The Byrneville Cemetery
|Byrneville Pastors shone on this page: Floyd Gatrost, John R. Byrn, Warren Brunson, Harley Maymon and David Maymon, present pastor|