Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
James M. Dyer was born in the town of Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., July 27, 1834. His father, who was
a native of Vermont, was a soldier in the war of 1812, and participated in many of the battles. In this engagement,
Gen. Scott was wounded and he assisted in carrying him off the field. His mother was born in Canada, and was the
mother of seven children- Urias, Elizabeth E., Josiah, Cornelius, James M., Caroline and Jane. At the age of fifteen,
Mr. Dyer commenced life as a farm hand, which calling he followed for seven years. At the age of twenty two he
was married to Miss Phebe C. Houghtaling, of Newberg. The Dyer family are one of the old pioneer families of St.
Joseph County, having emigrated there in 1834, settling in Constantine, where they remained until the spring of
1843, when they came to Cass County and settled on the farm where he now resides. They have two children - Ella
A., now Mrs. Edgar Wetherbee, and Arthur G. Mr. Dyer has been the architect of his own fortune; commencing life
without educational advantages and with nothing but strong hands and a firm desire to succeed, he has acquired
a competency and built up an honorable reputation.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.