Holland and Delano Myers, brothers in their Civil War uniforms.


Delano Myers Biography

Contributed by  Beverly Knoll, Puyallup, WA

Delano Myers (shown on the right in the picture) Is my paternal great grandfather.  He was born May 14, 1842 in Licking County, Ohio to Jacob and Mary Myers.  The family was known to be living in Illinois in 1860, then in Iowa just prior to the Civil War.

At 21 years of age, Delano enlisted in the Iowa 33rd Infantry.  He is credited with two battles in the Civil War: Jenkins Ferry (Arkansas) and Spanish Fort (Alabama).  During a long march to Little Rock, Arkansas he suffered from dehydration and heatstroke and spent time in a field hospital.   He never fully recovered from the ordeal.   Toward the end of the war he was transferred to the Iowa 34th and mustered out at New Orleans, Louisiana on July 17, 1865.
After returning to Iowa, he married Harriett Elizabeth Moore on December 12, 1867 in Pella.  There were six children born to this union, Hattie Belle (my grandmother), Alice, Laura, Frank, Charles and Mary. 
Eventually, most of their children and other family members moved westward and Delano and Harriett were living in Olympia, Washington in 1900.  Delano died at the Old Soldiers' Home in Orting, Pierce County, Washington on February 18, 1920.