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Oyer, William A. 1887-1932

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Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA June 22, 1932 p1
Oyer Funeral to Take Place at 11 o’clock Thursday
While messages of condolence continued to pour in from people of high and low estate, in various parts of the county, and state, friends and family of the late William A. Oyer, Monterey police chief whose sudden death yesterday shocked the entire community, were completing arrangements today for funeral services to be held tomorrow morning. The rites will be conducted by the Masonic lodge of Salinas, of which Oyer was an esteemed member, in Freeman’s mortuary chapel, starting at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Cypress Lawn catacombs at San Francisco. The body will remain at the Oyer home, Peters Gate, until just before the services. Inspector Henry Livingston and a squad of state highway patrolmen will escort the cortege to the chapel. Active pallbearers will be Hon. J.A. Bardin, E.G. Hatton, W.G. Hudson, M.W. McMenamin, E.R. Martin and Clyde A. Forsey. Honorary pallbearers will include Dr. J.P. Sandholdt, mayor of Monterey; Councilmen Carmel Martin and E.E. Littlefield, former County Clerk T.P. Joy, Sergeant Fred Moore of the Monterey Police Department and Manuel Perry, superintendent of streets. Among the many messages of regret already received at the Oyer home was the following from E. Raymond Cato, chief of the California Highway patrol: “We are deeply grieved to learn of the untimely death of our loving friend, Chief Oyer. It has been a pleasure indeed to be numbered as one of his many friends. May we express our heartfelt sympathies and condolence in this your hour of grief.” Others from whom messages have arrived included Sheriff Rhodes of Madera county; Charles N. Watkins, head of the Watkins detective agency at Oakland; T.P. Joy, former county clerk; city manager and Mrs. R.M. Dorton, now in Vancouver; Troop “F”, 11th Cavalry; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Frolli at Soledad and Harvey Russell of Madera.
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Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA June 23, 1932 p1, 7
Community Pays Final Tribute to Dead Chief
Vast Throng Attends Rites Today for W.A. Oyer, Popular Officer

For the better part of an hour today the community laid aside business cares and workaday tasks to pay its final tribute to W.A. Oyer, the late police chief of Monterey. Mingled in the press of humanity that thronged the funeral chapel and stood silently about outside were people of high and low degree, people whose skins were black and brown and yellow, as well as white. Fishermen stood beside public officials and costly apparel blended with the humble garb of the laborer in the democracy of mortality. It was a demonstration of esteem and affection such as the community has probably never accorded to any of its officials or civic leaders in the past. It was a tribute to an honored public servant, but it was deeper than that: it was an expression of appreciation for the squarely independent, yet friendly nature of the man himself. Monterey’s city offices remained closed during the services, which were attended by virtually every member of the city’s official family, as well as members of the police and fire departments, while supervisors and heads of practically all county departments also paid their last respects to the former sheriff. From King City and other more distant parts of the county, as well as Salinas, Pacific Grove and Carmel, officials and prominent private citizens were present. Services in the Freeman mortuary chapel were conducted by the Masonic Lodge of Salinas, with F.E. Dayton as acting master. Mrs. Agnes Smith sang, accompanied by Mrs. Julia Larkin. The Masonic rites were deeply impressive in their simplicity. Many members of local Masonic lodges joined their Salinas brethren in the ceremonies. Wreaths and other floral pieces betokened the grief of hundreds of friends and various fraternal and other groups with which Oyer had been affiliated. Following the service the body was escorted by Inspector Harry Livingston of the state highway patrol, Sergeant Fred Moore of the Monterey police department< Monterey motor patrolman Albert Elasho and four members of the county’s state highway squad to Cypress Lawn catacombs at San Francisco for interment. At Palo Alto the escort was augmented by a squad of San Francisco motorcycle patrolmen for the final stage of the journey. Oyer, formerly sheriff of Monterey county for six years and chief of the Monterey police department for the past four years, died suddenly Tuesday morning, victim of acute appendicitis. Most of his 45 years of life had been spent here and he numbered his friends by the hundreds in all parts of the county.
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