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Notes on John Edgar Myers

John Edgar Myers born August 31, 1882 in Clay Township, Genoa, Ohio Ottowa County died December 08, 1971 in San Antonio, Texas Bexar County. He married Myrtle Laura Beene born February 14, 1888 in Wallaceburg, Arkansas Hempstead County on March 22, 1905. She died May 05, 1966 in San Antonio, Texas Bexar County.

John Edger was called "Grandpa Jack." He served in the United States Army as a Captain of the Motor Transport Corps [View documentation] and was honorable discharged from military service in the United States Army at Camp Normoyle, Texas on the seventh day of April 1920. He engaged in no battles, was awarded no metals, and received no wounds. War service chevrons authorized: Three (white) Remarks: Prvt. Motor Transport Corps May 16, 1918 to Sept 26, 1918. Captain Motor Transport Corps Sept 27, 1918  to discharge. Cleveland, Ohio 8/23/1920 a bronze victory button was issued.

Grandpa Jack worked for the White Motor Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. The White Company was and old, established business. White sewing machines were first made by Thomas H White in 1876, followed by bicycles, roller skates, machine tools and steam cars. Then came gas-powered cars and trucks and finally tractors. Around the time Grandpa Jack worked there, Walter White was the head of White Motor Corporation. 

With his two brothers, Rollin Henry and Windsor White, they diversified the sewing machine company's products by introducing trucks and the White Steamer automobile in 1900. Though White outsold its nearest auto competitor 2 to 1, Thomas White dismissed the importance of the car, which led his sons to organize the White Motor Car Corporation in 1906 on Canal St. in the Flats. 

In 1909 the company made its first vehicle under its own name. During World War I, the company shifted to trucks and stayed with the product after the war, becoming the number one maker of trucks and custom vehicles. Many White Motors trucks can be viewed online at the Crawford Auto Museum. White Motor Corporation built tour buses for Yellowstone National park and ambulances for the Allied Army.

The story goes that in 1918 an Army representative came to see Grandpa Jack. He was aware of the job he did at White and told him his services could be valuable to the war effort. Grandpa Jack was 36 years old, married, with two children - and not interested. He told the Army representative "No thanks" (but possibly in a less friendly way). The Army representative asked him what he had ever done for his country. This angered Grandpa Jack who told him that "he paid his taxes and was a law abiding citizen." He then asked if the Army really needed him that bad - they said yes - he signed up. 

He was sent to Camp Normoyle, which is part of the East Kelly Air Force Base, outside of San Antonio, Texas. It was named after James E. Normoyle an 1889 graduate of West Point. The Camp was built around the First World War time period and at one time occupied 88 acres and had 100 buildings.