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MESSAGE: (#473042) William Henry Harrison Myers
AUTHOR: IAGenWeb Volunt
DATE: 11/12/2013 at 09:55:10
Prominent Citizen Called
Dickinson county lost one of her most active factors and useful men of recent
years when Hon. W. H. H. Myers died at Milford last Saturday. He was a man of
unusual force of character. When he had decided upon a course of action it was
his way to fight it out on that line regardless of opposi-tion. He was a
gallant soldier of the civil war. In business he had the reputation of being
strict-ly honest. He paid so much for grain that his accumulations were not
rapid, but the farmers appreciated his enterprise. He was a neighbor of rare
kindliness and would go a long ways for a friend. He was public spirited to a
fault, and the needy had no more practical sympathizer. With rare devotion he
served his family upon every member of which this sad blow falls with stunning
In politics Mr. Myers was forceful as elsewhere. In the south townships, from
his first appearance in the county, his influence was important. This fact won
for him the support of the county when he stood for representative. At Des
Moines and about the state he made many warm friends by his sturdy support of
what he believed to be right as well as through the graces of genial
comradeship. Wide spread regret attends this swift summons of death.
While it was known to a few the public generally did not realize until within
a few days of the end that the case was so serious. Mr. Myers knew for some
time that he was in the clutches of Brights disease, but he made little
complaint and refused to give up the fight until the end was at hand.
From the home paper, the Milford Mail, we take these details:
William Henry Harrison Myers was born in Clinton county, Indiana, on December
24, 1839, and died at Milford, Iowa, on Saturday, January 24, 1903. In 1851 he
moved with his parents to Fayette county, Iowa, where he attended school. When
the civil war broke out he was a student at the Upper Iowa University, at
Fayette, but deeming his countrys call of greater importance than learning he
gave up his book to shoulder a musket and marched away to fight for the flag
of his fathers. He enlisted as first sergeant in Co. H, 38th Iowa Volunteer
Infantry on August 12, 1862, and served his country well until his discharge
at Houston, Texas, August 15, 1865. He was married to Miss Mary E. Shannon at
Toulon, Illinois, May 15, 1866, and located in Polk county, Iowa. He resided
in Iowa the remainder of his life, with the exception of three years spent in
Kansas and five years in Nebraska. In 1895 he located in Milford, buying the
grain and coal business of Hall Bros., taking in as partner his son K. S.
Myers. They sold out in 1901 to J. E. Knudson & Son and engaged in the grain,
lumber and coal business at Arnolds Park. In 1899 he was elected as a member
of the Twenty-eighth General Assembly, serving his district well. He leaves a
widow, four daughters and one son to mourn him.
Funeral services were held in the Methodist church at Milford Tuesday
afternoons at 2 oclock under the auspices of Gloaming Lodge, No. 482, A. F. &
A. M. Rev. R. H. Reidy preached an eloquent sermon and the body was laid to
rest in Okoboji cemetery.