Charles Clinton Byers was born in Hagerstown,
Maryland, July 7, 1843. He went to school there in the place of
his birth, but at the outbreak of the Civil War joined the Seventh
Maryland, and was made first sergeant of Company A.
He fought through the war, and was there to
witness the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. He went back to
Hagerstown for a while, but soon went out to Santa Fe, N. M., where he
engaged in mercantile pursuits.
He came to Kansas City in 1871, and accepted a position with Tootle,
Hanna & Leach, and remained in the wholesale dry goods business
until 1890. In 1895 he was appointed a Deputy Circuit Clerk, and
upon the resignation of S. H. Ragland in 1900, was appointed Clerk of
He married Miss Lucy Stonestreet in 1874 at
Kansas City, and is the father of one child, C. C., Jr.
While in New Mexico, Mr. Byers organized the
first Grand Army Post in that State, and was elected Senior
He has ever been a consistent Democrat, and
has contributed materially to his party's success by his enthusiasm