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Dr. James Myers Obituary

Dr. James Myers Passed Away Early This Morning

He was a Pioneer in Reno County and Always a Firm Believer in Her Destiny

Dr. James Myers answered the last summons at four o’clock this morning after an illness of ten days during which time he has been unconscious. Coming to Reno county after his retirement as a practicing physician be brought with him faith and home for the town in which he expected to spend the rest of his days.

Dr. Myers was born in Trenton, Ohio, on February 25, 1831. He was the fifth child of a family of fifteen, children of whom lived to manhood and womanhood. He studied medicine at Richmond, Ohio and was a practicing physician for 21 years in the states of Illinois, Iowa and Kansas.

He joined in the Pikes Peak campaign of 1858 and on his return from Colorado stopped at Highland, Kansas where he was married to Miss Lettie O’Neal in 1860. For a few years he practiced in White cloud in Doniphan county. At this time Kansas was still a territory and Dr. Myers saw the people pass through the terrible border ruffian period.

In 1864 he returned to Illinois to visit his parents and remained for a couple of years practicing medicine at Urbana, ILL. In 186 he returned to Highland, Kans., where continued his profession until 1881 when he retired from active work and came to Hutchinson to make his home.

An old settler today in speaking of Dr. Myers said:

“All the old settlers that knew him know of his wonderful faith and confidence in the county. Not only manifested by his talk but all the acts of his life. He always thought that Reno county, Kansas was as good as any where else, and was never looking for “Green fields in the distance.”

His success proves his judgment.

“Then dame characteristics were noticeable all through his life. He was a man of strong impulses, of well fixed principles. “nothing wavering.” True first to his own family, true to his relatives and friends, true to his church, and true to his party. You always knew where to find him and how he stood when you did find him. Exceptionally kind hearted it always did him good to help a deserving and needy one.”

Dr. Myers was an active member of the Methodist church. He took a great interest in public affairs, always for civic righteousness and in his community was respected for his judgment and hi character.

He is survived by four children, Homer Myers of Sylvia, Mrs. Minnie Payne, Mrs. Olive Epperson, Mrs. Alice Smith all of Hutchinson. three brothers and two sisters also survive him. J. A. Myers of this city, Dr. Jonathan Myers of Troy and Albert Myers of Belleville, Mrs. Robert Anderson of Muskogee, Okla., and Mrs. Minnie Moore of Tolona, ILL.

The funeral services will be held from the late home on Avenue A east tomorrow afternoon at 3:30. Rev. J. W. Abel of the First Methodist church will conduct the services and interment will be in Eastside cemetery where he will be laid beside his wife who died a few years ago.

Hutchinson News
Saturday, September 4, 1915
page – 2 column - 4

Submitted by
Rose Stout on January 5, 2005.

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