James Grover Ayers, who died at age 34 in 1924, shares a grave marker with his wife, Edith. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on Oct. 20, 1924, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Page 3, Column 5.

Kings Valley Farmer Died Last Night at Late Home


James Glover (Grover) Ayers, a farmer living four miles south of Kings Valley, died at the country home at 11:36 last night, October 19, and left four little children under seven years of age without a father.

Mr. Ayers was a native of Oregon and was born in Lebanon August 19, 1890. He was married June 28, 1916, to Edith Eliza Greig and is survived by his widow and the four children, Helen May 7, Melvin James 5, Laurence Everett 4, and Ellen Marie 7 months. His mother, Mrs. A.F. Ayers, resides at Monmouth, and there are three brothers, Thomas, of Eugene; Andrew, of Corvallis; and Jeff, of Monmouth; and one sister, Mrs. R.H. Maxfield, residing eight miles south of Corvallis. Mr. Ayers was aged 34 years and two months.

The funeral will be held from Bovee’s chapel at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. M.K. W. Heicher of the Presbyterian church will officiate, and interment will be in Newton cemetery.

Mr. Ayers had resided 14 years at Kings Valley.