Holt County, MO Biography

Fred MYERS, one of the prominent businessmen of Craig, came to Holt Co. in Feb. 1869. He was born in Saxony, Germany Nov. 12, 1839. When age 5, he emigrated with his father to America, the family settled at Joliet, Ill. Raised on a farm, Mr. MYERS lived at Joliet until age 19. In 1858 he went to Michigan City, Indiana and was employed on a farm until the Civil war broke out. In the summer of 1861 he enlisted in the 73rd Indiana regiment and served 3 years in the Union army. His regiment belonged to the Army of the Cumberland and he took part in the battles of Murfreesboro, Perryville and several smaller engagements. He enlisted as a private; during his last two years of service he held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

Leaving the army, he returned a short time to Michigan City, then came to Mo. He reached St. Joseph in Nov., 1865. He farmed and dealt in wood and other materials until Feb., 1869 when he located at Craig where he has since been a resident. In 1873 he commenced in the grain business and has since been prominent with the business interests of Craig. He formed a partnership in 1874 with Dr. J.L. JOHNSTON for the purpose of dealing in grain. The firm now is the largest single-party business of its kind in Holt Co. More grain is shipped from Craig than any other point in the county, the principal part passing through their hands. Both gentlemen are good businessmen and by their enterprise and energy have built up a large trade. Their liberal system of doing business has made theirs the most popular business firm in northwest Holt Co. The firm opened a large drug store in 1875 and do an extensive trade in that business. They are proprietors of the only elevator in the county exclusively devoted to such purposes and built excellent facilities for conducting the heavy trade they have.

In 1872 Mr. MYERS was the Democrat candidate for Sheriff. It was impossible to overcome the heavy Republican majority in the county. However, Mr. MYERS was defeated by only 61 votes while the rest of the Republican ticket won by majorities of 500 to 600 votes. Mr. MYERS' wife was formerly from St. Joseph. Her name was Anna LAWRENCE; they were married April 9, 1872.


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