Biography of Alvah N. Newton
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Alvah Newton Myers. As director and vice president of the F. E. Myers & Bro. Company, of Ashland, Alvah Newton Myers is numbered among the most prominent business men of North Central Ohio. He was born in Perry Township, Ashland County, Sept. 3, 1862, the sixth of nine children of George and Elizabeth (Morr) Myers. They are direct descendants of Philip Meyer, who served in the Revolutionary War.

George Myers was born in Center County, Pa., Nov. 12, 1822, and his wife was a native of the same county, born April 12, 1827. After spending his boyhood on a farm, he was apprenticed to a wagon manufacturer and established a shop on the homestead in Perry Township, where he made wagons and implements for 22 years. He made the woodwork for the first Studebaker wagon, for it was in the same neighborhood that the original Studebaker shop was located. When they moved to South Bend, Ind., Mr. Myers was urged to accompany them but he decided to remain in Ohio, and several years later turned his attention to farming. Mr. Myers died Nov. 1, 1909, and his wife died Aug. 28, 1912. Both are buried in Ashland. Their children were: 1. Francis E., deceased. 2. Celina, married Peter Countryman, lives at Jeromesville. 3. Philip A., lives at Ashland. 4. Miranda, deceased, was the wife of F. R. Marks. 5. Savilla E., married J. E. Spreng, lives at Ashland. 6. Arminda Viola, deceased. 7. G. Denton, lives at Ashland. 8. Effie C., married E. H. Fuhrman, lives at Ashland. 9. Alvah Newton, the subject of this sketch.

Reared on the farm, "A. N.", as he is familiarly known, attended the district schools, Vermilion Institute at Hayesville, Ashland College, and took a business course at Ohio Northern University at Ada, Ohio. While he was still attending school his two older brothers, Francis E. and Philip A., had engaged in the retail farm implement and feed business. He worked for them during the summer, while attending school in the winter. After he finished school in 1880 he became permanently established with his brothers. At about this time they began the manufacture of pumps in a small way. This proved to be more profitable than the retail business, and in a few years extensive factory buildings were constructed and put into operation. For many years A. N. Myers acted as assistant to P. A. Myers as superintendent. He handled the firm's purchasing and was in charge of the employment and payroll from the beginning. During the rapid expansion of the business he systematized departmental activities, many of his original developments along this line being in use at the present time. He became a vital part of the administration, particularly in the matter of lending far sighted advice and sound judgment in the establishment of financial policies. In 1921, when the business was incorporated he became a director and vice president, and continues actively in these capacities. With his brother, G. P. Myers, he organized and still retains his interest in the Union Hardware & Supply Company of Ashland.

On May 12, 1887, Mr. Myers married Miss Zoie B. Parker, the daughter of Calvin H. and Catherine E. (Travis) Parker, natives of Ohio and Pennsylvania respectively. Mr. Parker died March 28, 1916, and his wife died Jan. 26, 1899. Mr. and Mrs. Myers have a daughter, Hazel Catherine, born Sept. 30, 1890. She is the wife of George B. Spreng, of Cleveland.

Mr. Myers has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years and has served as trustee for 35 years, and as chairman of the finance committee for many years. He is a charter member of the Men's Adult Bible Class, which originated in Ashland. He holds membership in the Colonial Club, Ashland Country Club, and Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Myers is a Democrat in politics, but has never held public office.

A man of keen foresight, honesty and integrity, with always a genial friendliness, Mr. Myers has many friends, and he and his family have been actively identified with the civic, social and religious life of Ashland.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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