Frederick W Meyers

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FREDERICK W. MEYERS, farmer and merchant, residing at Idaho, Armstrong Co., Pa., was born Oct. 19, I862, at Sodom, Allegheny Co., Pa., son of Frederick and Ernestina (Hartman) Meyers.

Frederick Meyers and his wife were born in Germany, and they came to America on a slow-going old sailing vessel which consumed six weeks in making a voyage that the rapid steamers of the present day accomplish in one. Locating near Pittsburgh, Pa., Mr. Meyers engaged in farming and gardening until his death, which occurred Jan. 9, 187I. His wife survived him but little over a year, dying in October, 1872. Four children were thus made orphans; Frederick W. was the youngest of the family.

After his sixteenth year Frederick W. Meyers never attended school. After working six or seven years as clerk in a grocery store at Pittsburgh he went into the grocery business, with which he was connected for thirteen years. A period of business depression then came upon the country and he lost all, but started again after paying his bills. In 1896 he embarked in a grocery business at Pittsburgh which he continued for five years. In 1901 he purchased a farm of I30 acres in the village of Idaho, and has made his home on that property. In 1911 he opened up a mercantile business in the village, which enterprise is proving successful.

On Oct. 19, 1886, at Pittsburgh, Mr. Meyers was married to Margaret E. Finch, daughter of the late M. L. Finch , who prior to his death in I870 was a distiller at Pittsburgh. During the Civil war Mr. Finch served three years in the Union army as a member of Company B, 28th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. The mother of Mrs. Meyers died in 1887. Mr. and Mrs. Meyers have had four children, the two survivors being: Ray A., born Dec. 25, I892; and L. C., born June 28, 1994. Mr. and Mrs. Meyers are members of the Presbyterian Church. He has always been an interested and liberal-minded citizen, and independent as regards his political support.

Source: Pages 756 - 757, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed February 1999 by Doris Rizza for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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