JAMES ARTHUR LOYSTER, an able representatives of the journalistic enterprise of Madison County, was born in Niles, Cayuga County, N.Y., June 22, 1866, son of Lewis B. Loyster, whose father was Peter Loyster, a native of Orange County, New York. Abram Loyster, a farmer by occupation, great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, removed from Orange County, where his Dutch ancestors were early settlers, to Niles; and there spent his last years with his son Peter, who had gone to Cayuga County in his young manhood, and engaged in farming. Peter Loyster married Angelina Van Auken, who was, so far as can be ascertained, a lifelong resident of that county. He died at his home in Niles, at the age of forty years.
Lewis B. Loyster, being left an orphan at seven years of age, was early apprenticed to a tanner, but, after working at that trade a few years, went back to farm work. Industrious, resolute, and economical, he in time accumulated enough to purchase the old homestead in Niles, where he still resides. His wife, Lucy Howland, was born in Jefferson County, New York, and was a daughter of James and Celinda (Goodenough) Howland.
James A., only son of Lewis B. and Lucy (Howland) Loyster, received his rudimentary education at the district school, and supplemented it by attendance at a select school in Moravia and a year at Cazenovia Seminary. He then accepted a position as book-keeper in the sash factory in Cazenovia, continuing thus engaged for two years, at the end of which time he returned to the seminary, and, after studying there for two years, was graduated with the class of 1888. Purchasing an interest in the sash factory, he was connected with that business until 1890, when he sold his share in the factory, and bought the Cazenovia Republican, the only paper published in the village of Cazenovia. He at once assumed management of the paper (which, as its name indicates, is Republican in politics), and has conducted it very successfully up to the present time. In addition to his newspaper work, he does a large and rapidly increasing business as job printer, the excellence of his work enhancing his reputation and assuring his prosperity.
He was married September 3, 1890, to Dora L. Freeborn, who was born in New Woodstock, and is a daughter of Leonard W. and Ruby (Morse) Freeborn. Mrs. Loyster is a lady of intelligence and refinement, and both she and her husband are popular in social circles. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in the daily duties of life give evidence of the sincerity of their religious faith. Mr. Loyster is a Republican in his political views, and ably upholds the principles of his party in the bright and progressive sheet of which he is editor and proprietor. He is still a young man, and with his qualities of energy and perseverance, guided by a keen intelligence, has before him an enviable future. That his voice will ever be heard in behalf of the good, the true, and the right, and his influence exerted for the best interests of his native town and country, will be believed by all who know him or are familiar with his reputation.
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