Biography of Chauncey E. Myers
Washington County, IA Biographies





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 income.

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.

From:
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
Vol II
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1909


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