AMONG THE FAMILY names that will always be associated with Beaumont citizenship and progress is that of Tyrrell, and the loss of men who have striven for Beaumont’s betterment is emphasized again in the death of William Casper Tyrrell in Belmond, Iowa. But the good that men do lives after them, and again there is no more fitting measure of this than in the Tyrrell civic gifts and endowments to Beaumont.
Following the gift of the Tyrrell public library to Beaumont by his father, Capt. W.C. Tyrrell, the son, William Casper, took a continuing interest in the project and donated many valuable books to the library, which ranks among the fine libraries in the South. He cooperated fully with the city administration of the library.
Mr. Tyrrell also carried on the work of the Tyrrell Trust and the work of real estate, oil and civic development begun by his father.
No small part of the family in citizenship that touches the youth citizenship of Beaumont is the Garth Friendship club for boys at the YMCA—a club building and establishment the gift of the late Dr. J.W. Garth and of Mrs. Garth, who is the sister of William Casper Tyrrell.
In the influence of good upon all of the city and residents of all ages there is perhaps no more leading monument than that exemplified in a great library, in a country where books are free to be read, not condemned to be burned. The destruction of books and other media of free expression in Europe and other slave continents of the earth again affirms the immeasurable treasures of democracy’s unrestricted exchange of thought and ideas, as is made possible through newspapers, magazines, libraries and the radio.
Family enterprises of the unselfish character of Capt. Tyrrell’s gifts and bequests become, indeed, public enterprises, and they place an added responsibility upon a public-spirited citizen’s heirs and assigns. William Casper Tyrrell carried on the Tyrrell citizenship and added much to it himself. This accomplishment will perpetuate his name in Beaumont, as among the most valued citizens in the history of this city.
Source: Beaumont Journal, July 24, 1943.