CHAUNCEY E. MYERS.
On the list of officials who have filled the political offices in Washington county appears the name of Chauncey
E. Myers and it is associated in the minds of those who know him with creditable service, characterized by promptness
and unfaltering fidelity to the interests which he represents. He is now filling the position of county auditor,
having been elected to the office in 1906 and reelected in 1908. Highland township, Washington county, numbers
him among its native sons, his birth having there occurred August 23, 1872.
His parents were William B. and Julia (Davidson) Myers, natives of Polk county, Iowa, and Venango county, Pennsylvania,
respectively. The former was a son of Joseph Myers, who was also born in the Keystone state and in an active business
life engaged in stock raising, trading and farming. He arrived in Polk county, Iowa, in 1848 and the following
year came to Washington county, living on Davis creek He was an important factor in the public development of that
locality and served as the first postmaster of the Davis Creek postoffice. Making his home in Iowa township, he
there tilled the soil, brought his land under a high state of cultivation and became recognized as a thrifty and
progressive farmer. He was three times married, his second wife being Miss Cregg, by whom he had two sons, who
were soldiers in the Civil war. One of these lost his life in defending the interests of his country. For his third
wife he married Esther Bennett, who belonged to the Crawfordsville family of Bennetts. She died when past middle
age and her husband departed this life in 1875 at the venerable age of eighty three years. To them was born a son,
William B., and a daughter, who died in infancy. One son by the first marriage, John G. Myers, figured for a considerable
period as the largest and most successful breeder of shorthorn cattle in Washington county and was also an extensive
land owner, his holdings aggregating about one thousand acres. He was the first man to import shorthorns into this
county and in this way did much to improve the grade of stock.
The maternal grandfather of Chauncey E. Myers was John Davidson, a native of Pennsylvania, who followed the occupation
of farming as a lite work. He came to Iowa in 1861 and settled in Jackson township, living in this county for about
twenty five years, after which he removed to. Taylor county, where he passed away in March, 1909, at the age of
eighty six years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Hannah Hamilton, died when sixty five years of age. They
were the parents of eleven children, namely: Hamilton, deceased; Julia, the mother of our subject; Jennie, the
wife of Russell Davis of Washington; Joseph W.; Flora, the wife of Edgar Hoover; Franklin; Archibald; William;
Lillian, the wife of Charles Alcott of Salt Lake City, Utah; Charles, who died when a child; and Verne.
William B. Myers, the father of Chauncey E. Myers, was brought to Washington county by his parents when only a
year old. He was born in Polk county, Iowa, June 9, 1848, at which time the present capital city was known as Fort
Des Moines, there being little there save the fort which had been built for protection from the Indians. He has
lived continuously in Washington county since 1849, making his home now in Cedar township where he has a farm of
eighty acres which he improved. He and his wife are members of the Methodist church and their many good qualities
have won them the high regard and esteem of those with whom they have been associated. Their family numbers three
sons and a daughter : Chauncey E.; Esther G.; J. Wilmot; and Harold.
Chauncey E. Myers, living all his life in Washington county, was reared on the old homestead farm, early becoming
familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He pursued his early education in
the district schools and lived at home until he had attained his majority, when he began working by the month,
being employed in that way for five years. Desiring to engage in business for himself, he then rented land and
for eight or ten years cultivated a farm. In 1906 he was called from private life to public office, being elected
county auditor, which position he has filled so satisfactorily that he was reelected in 1908 for a second term.
He owns a farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Cedar township and from this property derives a substantial annual
Mr. Myers had previously held public office, acting as clerk of Cedar township for four years, during which period
his duties were discharged with promptness and fidelity, his services recommending him to the later political honors
conferred upon him. He has always been a stalwart advocate of the republican party, thoroughly in sympathy with
its principles and policy. Fraternally he is connected with Washington Lodge, No. 26, A. F. & A. M., Cyrus
Lodge, No. 13, R. A. M., and Bethlehem Commandery, K. T., and he likewise belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America.
He is well known in Washington county where he has always made his home and where many salient and commendable
characteristics have brought him political prominence and also gained for him the trust and good will of those
with whom he has been associated.
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Washington County, IA
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