Lillian M Byer
Born 1/3/1896
Died 3/14/1997 in Syracuse, NY

EASTWOOD AGAIN. We are receiving a great deal of correspondence about the old village of Eastwood so feel obliged to go back to that subject once again. From Mrs. Lillian Byer of 127 Springfield Road comes word that in a previous article we were mistaken in referring to the theater at North Edwards Avenue and James Street as the "Melvin Block." The correct name, Lillian said, was the Melva Theater, named for Melva Byer, granddaughter of Myer Kliman, builder of the Melva Block, and daughter of the late Louis Byer and Rose Byer of Sunrise Lakes, Fla. Melva was Myers first grandchild and her picture was hung in the lobby. Myer Kliman, who lived on Nichols Avenue for many years, eventually sold the Melva Block and went out to Mattydale on Route 11, which was then farmland and constructed another theater, the Hollywood, still standing. Lillian Byer, widow of Joseph Byer, has a son, Allen Byer, who operates the Volvo automobile business on West Genesee Street Two daughters of Myer Kliman, Alice and Freda, took turns playing the piano for the performances in the Melva Theater, changing tunes to correspond with the movie being played in the old silent movie days. The sisters were in high school at the time. Now they are Alice Raymond and Freda Shapiro and they also live in Sunrise Lakes. We had a note from Freda, who gave us some of this information. She lives at. 2831 Sunrise Lakes Drive, E., Apt. 304, Sunrise, Fla. 33322.
Syracuse Herald Journal June 12, 1996
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Joseph Byer
Born 1894 in Poland PL
Died 9/15/1953 in Syracuse, NY