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home : stories from byron's first 150 years : stories from byron's first 150 years May 29, 2017

2/7/2017 11:35:00 AM
Campbells rode in Centennial and kick off Sesquicentennial tales
Donald and Alice Campbell ride in the Byron Centennial Parade on June 11, 1967. Donald was president of the State Bank of Byron at the time. The bank was organized in 1900 by William Williams and McDonough Williams. Photo and cutline submitted by Judy Campbell Jacobsen, daughter of Donald and Alice Campbell
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Donald and Alice Campbell ride in the Byron Centennial Parade on June 11, 1967. Donald was president of the State Bank of Byron at the time. The bank was organized in 1900 by William Williams and McDonough Williams. Photo and cutline submitted by Judy Campbell Jacobsen, daughter of Donald and Alice Campbell

By Judy Campbell Jacobsen

Donald Campbell was born June 28, 1910. His birthplace was where now the Oxbow Park is located. The house he was born in was closer back by the Zumbro River. The house was later torn down.

Don graduated from Byron High School in 1924. After graduating, he worked with his father, Robert Campbell, on their farm. Later, his jobs were driving school bus for the Byron schools and working at J.D. Cuttings Store.

In 1940, he started working at the State Bank of Byron, where he worked and became President in 1964 and retired in 1972.

Alice Campbell was born on July 11, 1910. She was born in Othello, which is north of Byron. She graduated from Byron High School in 1928.

She then attended Normal Training School in Mantorville to become a teacher. After her school training, she taught in the Othello Country School from 1929-1933. In those days, teachers couldn't be married, so in 1933 she quit teaching to marry Don.

They then moved into the town of Byron, where they lived and raised their three children, Jim, Judy and Jon. They were both very active in the community. Don served on the Byron School Board for many years, was active on the Byron Volunteer Fire Department and both Don and Alice were very involved in the Byron United Methodist Church.

They lived in Byron until the summer of 1991, when, because of Alice's health, they moved into senior living in the Twin Cities. It was a difficult move as they had lived their entire lives in the Byron area. The main reason for moving to the Cities was that two of their three children lived there.

Alice died in 1999 and Don in 2000. Their final resting place is in the Byron Cemetery.





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