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George Washington Myers 1849-1914


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 11/3/2010 at 23:12:28

Geo. W. Myers Called Home
Was Stricken Suddenly While Oiling Engine at Germania on Last Wednesday
Was Old B.C.R. &N. Engineer
Leaves a Large Family and Scores of Friends Who Sincerely Mourn the Loss of a Father and Friend

As we went to press last Wednesday we learned of the sudden death of George W. Myers at Germania. The death of this kind man came as a shock to this community, which had known him for many years.

While Mr. Myers was not one to seek a wide range of acquaintances, he was a friend and made friends with all whom he came in contact. As a father he was always kind and indulgent with great love for his home and family, as a neighbor there was none better. He always sought to his utmost to be a model, and kind neighbor with never an unkind word for anyone. During his residence in this city he lived on the west side of the river, and by his acts he has endeared himself to all who reside there. Mr. Myers was an extreme favorite on the Rock Island railway where he held a position as engineer.

The funeral services were held at the Christian church on Sunday, Rev. H. C. Hurd officiating. The services were conducted by the Masonic order, the ritual of that order being used, and the remains were followed to their last resting place in Oak Hill cemetery by a very large delegation from each order.

George Washington Myers was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, on March 3, 1849. He was a son of Edward and Anna Sharp Myers, his mother dying when he was an infant. While still young he came west with his father to Marion, Ia., at the age of sixteen. He was united in marriage to Barbra Elizabeth Monn, of Cedar Rapids, on September 20, 1874, to this union there were born six sons and a daughter, William R., David P., Lydia Mae, J. Wesley, Walter C., Bert E., George W. Jr., and Ray, all living. Mr. Myers entered the employ of the old B.C.R. &N. Co., in 1875 at Cedar Rapids, he started as a fireman in1881 and was promoted to an engineer in 1884, a position held by him until death.

The following relatives and friends from out of town were present at the funeral:

Mrs. Susan Busby and daughter, Miss Beneta Busby, Marion, Ia.; D. H. Lisher, Marion, Ia.; Mrs. P. F. Pentosh, Red Oak, Ia.; Mrs. H. J. Moran, St. Paul, Minn.; Miss Ethel McArdle, Garner, Ia., and Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Myers, Sioux Falls. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, May 20, 1914)

Funeral of Geo. W. Myers
Held From the Christian Church Sunday Afternoon. Services Conducted by Rev. H. C. Hurd

Geo. W. Myers, who dropped unconscious from heart failure while under his engine with his oil cup in his hand last Wednesday afternoon at Buffalo Center and soon expired, was at once brought back to Estherville by special train and relatives notified at Watertown and other points of residence. The funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon from the Christian church by Rev. H. C. Hurd and the remains borne to their last resting place on Oak Hill.

Mr. Myers was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, March 3, 1849 and was 65 years of age. His mother died in his infancy. He came to Marion, Iowa, when sixteen years old. He was married at Cedar Rapids to Miss Barbara Monn in 1874, to which union were born seven sons and one daughter, all of whom, with their mother survive as follows: William, David, Lydia, Wesley, Walter, Bert, George W. Jr., and Roy.

The deceased entered the employ of the B.C.R. &N. Ry. in 1875, and began firing in 1881. He was promoted to engineer in 1884 which position he held in honor and merit at his death. He was an all around good man with a wide circle of friends.

The immense crowd that thronged the church at the funeral attest the high esteem in which he was held and the floral offerings gave indication of the deep affection borne him by his friends. As an engineer he was capable, cautious and conscientious. As a friend he was true, straightforward and dependable. As a husband and father he was good, kind, unselfish and self-sacrificing. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Estherville blue lodge, which had charge of the service at the grave, rendering a most beautiful and impressive ritual. An escort of eight Knight Templers were in attendance and six fellow engineers acted as pall bearers. A good man is gone. He will be missed by many. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, May 20, 1914)


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