ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
C. P. MYERS
Charles P. Myers, one of the venerable residents of Ida Grove, has lived in
Iowa for fifty-five years, experiencing the various phases of pioneer life,
and as a progressive agriculturist he has contributed his share toward the
development and utilization of the natural resources of the state. He was born
March 9, 1837, in Otsego county, New York, and his parents, Oliver P. and
Phoebe (Carr) Myers, were also natives of the Empire state. The house in which
the father was born was the birthplace of four generations of the family and
the name is an old one in the history of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Myers had
four children: Charles P.; Egbert, who has passed away; a daughter who died in
infancy; and James C., also deceased.
Charles P. Myers was reared and educated in the east and in 1871, when a
young man of thirty-four years, allied his interests with those of Iowa. He
located in Clinton county and for eight years operated rented land. He then
purchased two hundred and forty acres of land in Ida county, to which he moved
in the following year, and later acquired eighty acres of railroad land.
Subsequently he bought a forty acre tract, eventually becoming the owner of three hundred and sixty acres of fertile land, on which he made many improvements. In the operation of his place he brought to bear the most modern ideas along agricultural lines, and well deserved prosperity attended his efforts.
On February 2, 1856, Mr. Myers married Miss Louisa Eldred, who was also a
native of New York, and their union was terminated by her death on April 23,
1898. She had become the mother of seven children: Phoebe Jane, who is the
wife of Thomas McLeod, of Ida Grove; James E., Herbert L., Charles Everett and
Jessie Louisa, all of whom are deceased; and Caroline Josephine and Frances
Annabel, both at home.
Mr. Myers is an exemplary representative of the Masonic order, with which he
has been identified for sixty-six years, and he votes the democratic ticket.
He is conscientious and highly moral, though not a member of any church.
He has reached the advanced age of eighty-nine years and has lived to witness
remarkable changes as the work of civilization has been carried forward in
the west. His conversation spans the past in interesting reminiscences, and
no resident of Ida Grove enjoys in greater measure the respect and esteem of
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