DR. JACOB FRANKLIN MEYERS
was born 13 Sept. 1879 in Lisbon, Iowa. Jacob Franklin or Frank as
he was called was the second of five children of Jacob Erb and
Amanda M. Heller Meyers.
Mr. Meyers, born 1851 in Montgomery County, Ohio and his wife in
1848 in Pennsylvania. Both families were early settlers of Lisbon,
attended school in Lisbon, graduating from high school in 1897 and
entered Western College for two years before his enrollment in the
University of Iowa Medical School. After graduation from medical
school in 1903, Dr. Meyers returned to Lisbon and joined Dr. Garner
in his practice for several months.
On 26 Oct.
1904 Frank married his high school sweetheart, Maybelle Edna,
daughter of Jonas Shirer and Matilda Cook Gauby; both families
coming to Iowa from Pennsylvania in the mid 1850's.
first came to Elliott to fill in for a vacationing resident
physician and liked it so well that before the end of 1904 he had
moved his new wife there, taking over the practice of retiring Dr.
Manker. His first office was over Nixon's Drug Store, later to
become a grocery store.
residence of the newcomers was a small house west of the Methodist
Parsonage. In 1909, shortly after the birth of their second child,
Mrs. Meyer's father came from Lisbon and built the young couple a
house on Main Street.
children were born to this union: Gaylord Franklin, born 30 Dec.
1905. He graduated from the University of Iowa, School of Pharmacy
in 1926, but being only twenty years of age and too young to take
the state board and become a practicing pharmacist, he returned home
to operate a grocery store owned by this father . Gaylord married
Winona Helen, daughter of Orville and Nellie Norris Moser, of
Clarinda on 8 April 1935. They have one daughter, Janice, born in
1936 in Elliott, and three grandchildren.
child of the Frank Meyer's was Mildred Gauby, born 14 Jan. 1909 in
Elliott. She attended the local schools, continued her education at
Cornell College, majoring in primary education. Mildred taught
fourth grade in Elliott for two years before becoming the wife of
Myron William Malony in 1930. Dr. Malony was born in Elliott,
attended school in Red Oak, dental school at the University of Iowa
and orthodontics at the University of Southern California. He
practiced dentistry in Elliott for 12 years before moving to
California. The Malonys have three children: Patrick Allen, born
1931; Sara Diane, 1937; both entering the world at their
grandparents home in Elliott, and Michael William, born in South
Gate, California, in 1944.
child born to Dr. and Mrs. Meyers was Maynard Franklin, who died of
pneumonia in his ninth month on 10 March 1911.
was active in the civic affairs of this city, serving both as mayor
and councilman. The Meyers were members of the Methodist Church and
Frank also belonged to the Masonic Lodge, Odd Fellows, Knights of
Pythias, A.M.A. and the Iowa State Medical Assoc. Maybelle was
associated with the Eastern Star and Rebeccas. Dr. Frank Meyers was
a much respected member of this community. After an illness of
several years, he passed away at his home 23 Feb. 1935.
living alone for three years, Mrs. Meyers sold the family home and
moved to California to be near her children. She enjoyed many happy
years with her two children, four grandchildren, and twelve
great-grandchildren. Maybelle Meyers remained a resident of Southern
California until her death on 20 Sept. 1971 in Hemet, California
with burial in Elliott, Iowa beside her husband and youngest child.