Gallery #5 PEOPLE, SCHOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS, CHURCHES
Byam, Wallace "Wally" Merle, inventor of the Airstream travel trailer.

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Collection Schwamborn, Dale
Date of photo 1955 ca.
Description Wallace "Wally" Merle Byam, inventor of the Airstream travel trailer. [There are 9 PHOTOS of Wally ATTACHED TO THIS RECORD.]
Wally's paternal grandparents were Loren Byam and Malvina Carrie Byam. Malvina was a teacher in Baker City in the early 1900's. In the 1905 Baker City Directory, Loren is listed as a bricklayer living with Malvina on the west side of 7th between Carter and Grace. Loren and Malvina had two children: Bert and Ray.
Wally was born 7-4-1896 in Baker City to Bert Byam and Carrie Biswell Byam. The Byams divorced and Carrie remarried to Dave Davis. The family moved from Baker City when Wally was about 10 years old. Wally died 7-22-1962 at age 66.
Photos courtesy of Wally's great-nephew Dale Schwamborn, grandson of Ray Byam, via his Airstream website, where you can read more about Wally and the Biswells: http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/memories/history/peewee/family/wally/
Carrie's parents were James Joseph Biswell (1849-1913) and Sally Ann Eubank (1852-1909). James was a road supervisor for Baker County. James and Sally's children were Wallace, Carrie, William, Ora, Roger, and Ella. Roger became Dr. Roger Biswell, Sr. (died 1943 at age 63), father of Dr. Roger Biswell, Jr. (died 1969 at age 58), who with his wife, Dr. Flora Biswell, practiced medicine in Baker. Their children are Roderick "Rick", Mary, and Ann (BHS '55, '56, & '62).

Object ID 2009.1.1
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