John Leo Dyer

25 November 1890–16 October 1964 (Age 73)
Douglas, Kansas, United States

The Life of John Leo

When John Leo Dyer was born on 25 November 1890, in Douglas, Kansas, United States, his father, James E. Dyer, was 39 and his mother, Bridget McEvoy, was 36. He married Nettie May Merchant on 22 January 1913, in Edgerton, Johnson, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Ottawa, Kansas, United States in 1935 and Willow Springs Township, Douglas, Kansas, United States in 1940. He died on 16 October 1964, in Baldwin City, Douglas, Kansas, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Baldwin City, Douglas, Kansas, United States.

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John Leo Dyer
Nettie May Merchant
Marriage: 22 January 1913
Vista Louise Dyer
James Leo Dyer
Robert Merchant Dyer
Richard Herschel Dyer

Spouse and Children

22 January 1913
Edgerton, Johnson, Kansas, United States


Parents and Siblings

    James E. Dyer


    Bridget McEvoy




    Lewis Dyer


    Albert Henry Dyer



    Regina Dyer



World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 14

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.
1910 · The BSA is Made

Age 20

Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a dyer of cloth, Middle English dyer (from Old English dēag ‘dye’; the verb is a back-formation from the agent noun). This surname also occurs in Scotland, but Lister is a more common equivalent there.2 Irish (Counties Sligo and Roscommon): usually a short form of MacDyer, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Duibhir ‘son of Duibhir’, a short form of a personal name composed of the elements dubh ‘dark’, ‘black’ + odhar ‘sallow’, ‘tawny’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Leo Dyer in household of James Dyer, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Leo Dyer in household of James E Dyer, "United States Census, 1910"
  • J Leo Dyer, "United States Census, 1940"

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