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Name: Abel, Lucille Byarlay (1909-1993)


Historical Note:

Lucille Edith Byarlay Abel was born July 5, 1909 in Green, Clay County, Kansas. She was the middle daughter of Guy Hamilton and (Maria) Anna (Heinen) Byarlay, and graduated from Leonardville High School in Leonardville, Kansas.  She taught at Kansas county schools in Clay and Riley counties until her marriage to Orval Jack Abel in 1935.  Lucille Byarlay Abel died May 21, 1993, in Clay Center, Kansas.

Guy Byarlay’s family traced their origins to the arrival of Michael Beyerle, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Rotterdam, Netherlands, on September 5, 1730.  Anna Heinen’s father came to the United States from Germany in 1853 and her mother arrived from Germany in 1855.  They met in Illinois and were married in 1868.  They came to central Kansas in 1872.

Lucille Byarlay was born with an eye birth defect and was blind in one eye.  She suffered from frequent migraines and took the train often to Kansas City, Missouri, for eye doctor appointments.  She graduated from Leonardville High School, and taught in Kansas county schools in Clay and Riley counties until her marriage to Orval Jack Abel in 1935.  Orval J. Abel was born April 21, 1909 in Emmett, Kansas, and died May 1, 1966 in Clay Center, Kansas.  Byarlay attended summer sessions at Kansas State Agricultural College during the summer break in the late 1920s.  In the 1930s she enrolled in summer school at Kansas State College, and met Orval during that time while he also was attending school.

Chronology

1909  April 21, Orval Jack Abel born in Emmett, Kansas

1909  July 5, Lucille Edith Byarlay born in Green, Kansas

1927  Lucille Byarlay graduated high school in Leonardville, Kansas

1927  Orval Abel graduated from high school in Silver Lake, Kansas

1928  Lucille Byarlay taught at Union School, Riley County, Kansas

1928  Summer, Lucille Byarlay attended classes at Kansas State Agricultural College

1930  Lucille Byarlay taught at “Q” (Pleasant Valley), Clay County, Kansas

1930  Summer, Lucille Byarlay attended classes at Kansas State Agricultural College

1935  Lucille Byarlay married Orval Abel

1935  Orval Abel graduated from Kansas State College

1966  May 1, Orval Abel died in Clay Center, Kansas

1993  May 21, Lucille Byarlay died in Clay Center, Kansas






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