Ayres, Andrew Clement (August 26, 1886 - January 15, 1968)

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Ayres, pioneer***

Douglas Budget - January 18, 1968

Funeral services for Clement Ayres, Converse County pioneer, will be held at Christ Episcopal Church on Thursday, January 18, at 2 p. m. with the Rev. J. B. Batten officiating. Burial will be in Douglas Park cemetery.

Mr. Ayres died from an apparent heart attack January 15 at the Wyoming State Sanitarium at Basin where he had spent the past year.

He had been in failing health for several years, and prior to his residence in Basin, he spent several years at Wyoming Pioneer home in Thermopolis.

Andrew Clement Ayres was born August 26, 1886, at Brandon, Vermont, the son of Alvah W. and Sallie Ayres. The family came to Wyoming when Clement was three years old, and he spent most of his life at the home ranch west of Douglas, site of the famed Ayres natural Bridge which he later donated as a county park. At this time Ayres Natural Bridge Park is a major tourist attraction, as well as the site for numerous gatherings of area residents.

Always interested and active in civic and community affairs, Mr. Ayres helped organize the Wyoming Pioneer Association and to provide the two museums at the State Fiar Grounds. Up to the time of his death he expressed deep concern for the welfare of Douglas and Converse County, and wrote many letters to local residents with personal suggestions on ways for improvement and progress.

In 1908 he married Edna M. Howard who preceded him in death in January, 1949. Two children were born to them-Mrs. Joe L. Carmin of Douglas, and Alvah W. Ayres of East Alton, Illinois.

After his wife's death he sold the ranch and lived for several years at Fort Laramie, spending his last years at Thermopolis and basin. Besides his daughter and son, he is survived by five grandchildren, Robert and Kathy Ayres, East Alton, Ill.; Joe Carmin, Jr., Moorcraft, Wyoming; Jim Carmin, Lingle, Wyo., and Mrs. Bruce Richardson, Wilson, Wyoming. Also four great-grand-children survive.

Memorials to Mr. Ayres' memory may be made to the Wyoming Pioneer Association, c/o Mrs. Roy Robinson, treasurer, Box 35, Douglas.


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