EDWARD ALVIN MYERS. The Myers family, to which Edward Alvin Myers belongs, is of German descent. The grandfather emigrated from Germany to the new world and settled in Westmoreland county, where he purchased a farm lying in Penn township, near the present borough of Jeannette. This property was later inherited by his sons. Solomon and John.
Solomon Myers was born in Penn township, about 1838, and upon the Old homestead spent the days of his boyhood and youth and continued to reside there until 19oo. when he sold the property to his son John, and has since been making his home among his children. He has always voted with the Democracy, but has never been an aspirant for office. He belongs to the Lutheran church, and for many years served as one of its officials. He married Hattie E. Schrum, who died in 1891 at the age of fifty-one years. Their family numbered eleven children, of whom nine are yet living: Amos A. J.. resides at Penn Station: Morris W., a carpenter of Jeannette; Jacob E., a lumber merchant at Penn Station; Zachariah, a carpenter at Penn Station; Jennie M., wife of Aaron Mowery, of Lima, Ohio: Rev. Solomon D., a minister of the Lutheran church. at Vandalia. Illinois: John S., living on the old homestead farm: and Charles C., employed by Edward A. Myers, the youngest member of the family.
Edward Alvin Myers was born in Penn township, January i8, 1874, and no event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for him in his boyhood days. After completing a common school course of study he entered the Greensburg Seminary, and at seventeen years of age began his business career as a clerk in the grocery store of Hess Brothers, at Jeanerette. He served in that capacity for four years, when, in recognition of his ability and fidelity, he was made manager of the business and remained in that position for two years, and September i, 1897, with the capital acquired from his industry and economy, he established a store of his own. His straightforward business methods and earnest desire to please his patrons soon secured him a liberal patronage, and after seven years his store is to-day one of the largest and best of the kind to be found outside of the principal cities. Mr. Myere gives his political allegiance to the Democratic party when national questions are involved, but at local elections votes independently. He belongs to the Improved Order of Heptasophs and to the Lutheran church. He married, June 7. 1898, Lillian Grove, a daughter of Jacob Grove, of Jeannette. They have one son, Earl G., and a daughter, Catharine Arlile, born January 10, 1906.
Source: Page(s) 210, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
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