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Henry W. Dyer

HENRY W. DYER, recorder and ex-officio auditor of Lander county, is a native son of Austin, where his birth occurred on the 14th of January, 1880, and he is of Scotch ancestry. His father, George M. Dyer, was born in Missouri, on the 26th of January, 1828. In an early day he went to California, but at the time of the secession of the south from the Union he returned to his old home, and true to his loved southland enlisted in its service, continuing in the commissary department of the Confederacy until 1863. Returning thence to Nevada, he located in Grass Valley, on a ranch which he had previously purchased, but later removed to Reese river, and thence came to Austin. In this city he emlarkcd in merchandising. A stanch Democrat in his political views, he was elected on its ticket to the position of treasurer of Lander county, and in 1898 became the auditor and recorder of the county, successfully serving in those positions until his death, which occurred on the 19th of March, 1903. He was numbered among the honored early pioneers of eastern Nevada, and was a man of strong convictions, exceedingly loyal to his friends, a competent and efficient public officer and an upright and honorable citizen. Oh the 25th of April, 1867, he had married Miss Augusta Elgum, and they became the parents of eight children, six of whom are living, as follows: Maggie, the wife of Dan W. Mitchell, of Austin; William R., residing in Tonopah, Nevada; Alexander I., of Austin; and Inez M., Louis C and Henry W.

Henry W. Dyer received his education in the public schools of this his native town, and for a time after leaving the schoolroom was employed in one of the mercantile houses of Austin. He then entered the recorder's office as his father's deputy, and after the latter's death was appointed to that office by the county board of commissioners, the duties of which he is now filling with marked ability. In politics he, too, is allied with the Democracy, and is a native son of Austin of which she has every reason to be proud.

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