Bayless-Salyer House vandalized

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Bud Hart, president of the Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society, displays a light fixture allegedly used to break a window at the Bayless-Salyer House between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville police investigating vandalism

The Cassville Police Department is investigating alleged vandalisms at the historic Bayless-Salyer House, located at Townsend and West Ninth streets.

Between the evening of Oct. 31 and the morning of Nov. 2, someone threw a light fixture through a big window on the south porch, tampered with a screen on an adjacent window and cracked a stained glass panel -- with the inscription of Bayless -- on the south door, said Bud Hart, president of the Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society.

Bud Hart, president of the Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society, described discovering the broken window, left, and a tampered screen on the other window at the Bayless-Salyer House. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

"I don't think they even got inside," Hart said. "I'm guessing that the noise that the window made probably scared them away."

Concerning the police investigation, the department has no new information at this time, said Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr.

Lowe's Auto Glass of Cassville put a temporary glass in the broken window after Hart said he discovered and reported the incident on Nov. 2. Lowe's then ordered a new window.

Georgia Hart, editor and treasurer of the Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society, shows cracks to a stained glass panel at the Bayless-Salyer House. On Nov. 2, her husband, Bud Hart, reported alleged vandalisms of the stained glass and two windows to the Cassville Police Department. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

The south door has another stained glass panel with the inscription of Salyer. Max Fields, a local photographer who died in June 2012, designed the two panels on an original door after the Genealogical and Historical Society bought the house for $25,000 in August 2000 to renovate it.

Hart said he does not know if the stained glass can be repaired.

John Bayless started building the house in 1879 and finished in the early 1880s, said Georgia Hart, editor and treasurer of the Genealogical and Historical Society. Bayless helped organize the Barry County Bank in 1887, he was president and general manager of the Cassville and Western Railroad, and he owned a local mercantile business.

The Bayless family sold the house to Rufus and Mary Salyer after John Bayless, 55, died June 2, 1907, in Claremore, Okla. The Salyers moved from Golden to Cassville. Rufus Salyer was a merchant, a farmer and a stockman.

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