From the Andover News, August 13, 1915.
Transcribed by Karen Meisenheimer.





Mrs. Julia Clair, wife of Byron A. Clair, passed to her reward on August 7th at the age of 47. Mrs. Byron Clair was born in Elling, Chautauqua Co., N. Y. She graduated from Geneseo Normal School and for seven years taught in this county with great success. For three years she taught in Richburg, three years in our own school and one year she taught a large training class at Wellsville, all but two of which passed their examinations.

Eighteen years ago she married Byron A. Clair and the remainder of her life and work was given to Andover. At the age of eleven years she gave her heart and life to Christ and united with the Angelica Baptist church of which her father, the Rev. P. A. Mead, was pastor.

Mrs. Clair was well known and highly esteemed by all of her town’s people, because of her Christian character, and the good work that she did in the church and town. She was a faithful constant and zealous worker in the church and the W. C. T. U., and she made her home one that it was a delight to enter. For the past few years she has been in poor health and suffered much but with patience and fortitude. She has borne it all carrying out her profession “for me to live in Christ, and to die is gain.” Greatly will our beloved sister be missed in the home, church and town.

She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, Byron A. Clair, a son, Everett Nelson, a mother, Mrs. Harriet Mead, Miss Minnnie Clair, a sister-in-law, all of Andover and a brother, Henry C. Mead of Wayland, N. Y.

The Baptist church, of which Mrs. Clair was a very active member and an earnest worker so long as her health would permit, feel keenly their loss but will never forget her good and noble life. The church, the W. C. T. U. and the many friends in the town extend to all the members of the family their heartfelt sympathy.

The funeral services were held at the home on Dyke street Sunday afternoon, Rev. W. H. Randall, pastor of the Andover Baptist church, officiating.

The interment was in Valley Brook cemetery.