JOSEPH H. MYERS is one of the active factors in business circles in Menard county, where he has extensive farming and stock-raising interests, and is also engaged in the grain trade as proprietor of an elevator at Croft and in merchandising as owner of a store there. He was born in Wayne county, Indiana, October 30, 1850. His father, Henry Myers, born in 1827, removed from Indiana to Menard county in the spring of 1851, and here died of cholera in August of the same year. His wife, whose maiden name was Rosa C. Murray, and who was born November 12, 1830, remained in this county until 1863 and then married again, becoming the wife of J.W. C. Gray, of Piatt county, Illinois, where she still makes her home.
The father of our subject died when the son was but ten months old, and he then became a member of the household of his maternal grandparents, James and Margaret (Dow) Murray, with whom he lived until twenty-four years of age, enjoying the advantages usually afforded farmer lads of the period. He was married February 16, 1875, to Miss Martha A. Steel, a daughter of David and Rebecca Steel. Her father, who was born September 22, 1815, died July 9, 1876. He was a native of Perry county, Pennsylvania, as was his wife, who was born June 2, 1818, and died August 13, 1884. In 1865 they became residents of Menard county, where they spent their remaining days. In their family were the following children: Jacob D., born December 5, 1841, is now living in Newark, Ohio. Sarah E., born April 29, 1843, died March 10, 1878. Margaret J., born November 7, 1844, died January 7, 1898. John Jones, born June 12, 1846, is living in Barton county, Missouri. Isaac C., born June 26, 1848, died March 25, 1852. William A., born July 15, 1850, died in 1902 in Missouri, Martha A., born March 24, 1852, is the wife of our subject. Hester A., born November 1, 1855, died in February, 1888. Joseph C., born August 27, 1857, is living in this state. R.Emma, born February 27, 1859, married George Stevens and died February 5, 1887. James H., born June 22, 1860, died August 1, 1868. Of this family all died in Illinois with the exception of Isaac C., who died in Pennsylvania and one who died in Nebraska.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Myers have been born seven children: Rosa M., who was born December 31, 1875, and died February 16, 1876; J. Homer, born May 10, 1881; Floyd C., who was born April 26, 1883, and died April 16, 1889; Clarence E., born December 26, 1884; Benjamin Curtis, born November 14, 1888; Mattie Foy, born July 26, 1891; and Nina Violet, born July 30, 1895. J. Homer Myers was married February 18, 1903, to Miss Effie L. Patterson, a daughter of Leland and Emma Patterson, of Mason county, Illinois, and to them was born a son, Joseph Patterson, on the 13th of January, 1904.
After his marriage Joseph H. Myers superintended his grandfather's farming and stock-raising interests for a time, and in the fall of 1883 he purchased his present farm, to which he removed the following February. He built a fine house and two barns, has made many other substantial modern improvements, and as his financial resources have increased has extended the boundaries of his farm until he now owns six hundred and ninety acres of fine land, all under a high state of cultivation. As before mentioned, he is also the owner of an elevator and store at Croft, having been engaged in the operation of the elevator in connection with the grain trade for four years, while for three years he has conducted the store. For thirty years he likewise raised and fed cattle and horses on quite an extensive scale, but in the fall of 1903 he practically retired from the stock business and now devotes his attention principally to the cultivation of his land and to the grain trade. He is active and enterprising, reliable and energetic, and his business affairs have been carried forward to success. His possessions indicate the force of industry in the active affairs of life, and his life record should well serve as a source of encouragement and inspiration to others.
In his political allegiance Mr. Myers is a Democrat, and for twelve or fifteen years he has been a member of the school board. His wife is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church and both enjoy the warm regard of many with whom they have come in contact.