- JOHN MYERS, a prosperous farmer of Green county, Wis., comes
of German ancestry, and
- was among the earliest settlers of this county. Born March
22, 1839, he was the first white child born in the town of Spring
Grove, and is the son of Samuel and Sarah (KLINE) MYERS. Henry
MYERS, his grandfather, came from Germany when a boy and settled
in Pennsylvania about 1775.
- Samuel MYERS was born in Bucks Co., Penn., in 1806 and died
in the town of Spring Grove,
- Green Co, Wis., May 2, 1863. He was taken by his parents
to Ohio when about a year and a half old. His marriage with Sarah
KLINE occurred about 1830. Isaac KLINE, her father, was one of
the early settlers of Ohio, and came of Dutch lineage. This marriage
was blessed with a numerous family: Isaac and George, both dead;
John; Jane, who is widow of Frank BARNUM, and lives in the village
of Twin Grove (a sketch of Mr. BARNUM may be found elsewhere);
Eli, who is a farmer of Fayette county, Iowa; William, deceased;
James, a farmer in Iowa; Miles, a resident and a farmer of Jefferson
township; Samuel, living in Twin Grove, where he is in the sawmill
business; and Frank, a farmer of the town of Jefferson.
- John MYERS was born March 22, 1839, and was married to Miss
Fannie H. BUSSEY, Spring
- Grove, March 19, 1863. Mrs. MYERS was born of English ancestry,
April 26, 1844, a daughter of G. W. BUSSEY, of Juda, Green county,
who stood high among the early settlers of the county. She was
reared on a farm, and educated in the common schools. To the
marriage of Mr. and Mrs. MYERS the following children were born:
Laura J., born Aug. 28, 1864, married Samuel HOLMES, of the town
of Jefferson, Nov. 2, 1887, and is the mother of two sons, Ransom
and Grover; Elmer W., born April 17, 1867, married Miss Anna
WIGGINS, of Green county, Oct. 3, 1887, and is the father of
two sons, Floyd D. and Alvin R.; John D., born May 1, 1871, is
a farmer, and married Miss Ida DOUGLAS, by whom he has two sons,
Herbert and Glenn; Emily, born Aug. 17, 1872, married Frederick
Atkinson, of Decatur, and is the mother of one daughter, Vera.
- Mr. MYERS was educated in the public schools, which were
very poor at that time, and began life
- with no resources except his own strength and courage, but
has been greatly blessed in the years that have come and gone
since he began the battle of life. For eight years, when a young
man, he taught school in his native county. The farm of 214 acres
on which he lives is one of the fine country homes of the county,
and he has a fine residence property in Brodhead, where he lived
about four years, and where he is a stockholder in the Green
County bank. Mr. MYERS is a stanch Republican, and cast his first
vote for Lincoln in 1860, and while living in Spring Grove township
he served as town clerk. Successful in all his undertakings,
he attributes his success largely to hard work and good management.
Never uniting with any church, he holds to honesty and right
living as fundamental to any true character. In every relation
of life he is highly spoken of by those who know him best.
- Taken from "Commemorative Biographical Record of
the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin,"
(c)1901 Union Publishing; p. 489.
- Courtesy of Carol.