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Floyd E. Royer is editor and owner of The Week’s Review, at Apache, Oklahoma, and he has been identified with local journalism since 1901. The dissemination of news, the discussion of public questions, and the promotion of the general welfare of his community through the columns of his paper constitute life’s object with him as a private citizen. It is interesting to note that he served as a volunteer in the Spanish-American war, prior to reaching his majority.
At Elmwood, Nebraska, February 7, 1880, occurred the birth of Floyd E. Royer, who is a son of Isaac M. and Josephine Elizabeth (Mishler) Royer, the former of whom died at Elmwood, Nebraska, in 1882, and the latter of whom is now a resident of Cherrydale, Virginia. The Rover family is of German origin, two brothers of the name, born in Alsace-Lorraine, having come to America in an early day; one settled in Missouri, near St. Louis, and the other in Pennsylvania. The subject of this review is descended from the Pennsylvania branch. Isaac M. Royer was born in Pennsylvania in 1847, and thence he removed to Illinois, where was celebrated his marriage, and in the grasshopper year he located in Kansas. After a year in the latter state he went to Elmwood, Nebraska, and there resided until he was summoned to the life eternal, in 1882, as noted above. He was a farmer and carpenter by occupation, was republican in his political affiliations," and in religious faith was a Dunkard. He and his wife became the parents of six children, concerning whom the following brief data are here incorporated: Rosa married Edward Searle of Pawnee, Oklahoma; Arthur is a newspaper man at Geneva, New York; Elizabeth is the wife of F. V. Wright, a well known attorney at Scotts Bluff, Nebraska; John H. is employed in the war department at Washington, D. C., and he resides at Cherrydale, Virginia; Floyd E. is the subject of this sketch; and Isaac is a carpenter and maintains his home at Lone Oak, Arkansas.
After completing the curriculum of the common schools of Elmwood, Nebraska, Floyd E. Royer was for two years a student in a high school in Lincoln. After that he spent a year and a half in the State Preparatory School at Boulder, Colorado. In 1892 he began serving his apprenticeship in printing offices, and he completed his school work in the spring of 1900. June 6, 1898, after the declaration of the Spanish-American war, he enlisted for service in Company B, Third Nebraska Volunteer Infantry, being promoted to the office of sergeant. He was mustered out of service May 13, 1899, at Augusta, Georgia. In 1900 he went to Okarche, Oklahoma, and there was associated for a year and a half with his brother, J. H. Royer, in the publication of the Okarche Times. In August, 1901, he came to Apache, Oklahoma, and on the 13th of September, that year, he established The Week’s Review, which well known paper he still owns and edits, the same having its offices on the corner of Evans Avenue and Oak Street. This publication has a large circulation in Caddo and Comanche counties; it maintains an independent attitude in politics and gives a loyal support through its columns to all matters projected for the good of the general welfare.
Mr. Royer is a Republican in his political affiliations and he gave efficient service as town treasurer of Apache for one year. he owns a tract’of ten acres of land half a mile east of Lawton and the same is improved with modern building’s and is well cultivated. In religious faith Mr. and Mrs. Royer are members of the Christian Church, in which he is chairman of the board of elders. He is a man of broad humanitarian principles, is upright and honest in all his dealings and he commands the unalloyed confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens.
At Apache, December 25, 1902, Mr. Royer was united in marriage to Miss Ola Rundle, a daughter of N. C. Rundle, whose demise occurred September 21, 1914. Mr. Rundle was a retired farmer. There are two children in the Royer family: Fred Phares, born December 13, 1905; and Harry Floyd, born August 21, 1910.