Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES E. MYERS, one of the
prominent, enterprising business men of Davenport, dealing in general merchandise,
was born in Homerville, Medina county, Ohio, June 29, 1866, the son
of David and Sarah (Kart) Myers, natives of Pennsylvania. In 1850
they removed to Ohio where the mother died, in 1879. The father still
lives in Homerville. Five children were born to them: H. M., in Lodi,
Ohio; H. A. P., an attorney in Davenport; Maud, wife of J. H. Shepherd,
of Spokane; Alice, wife of J. A. Koons, of Homerville; and our subject,
Charles E. Myers. Having received his first schooling in the public
schools of Homerville, he attended the Northwestern Ohio Normal University,
at Ada, and later Ashland College, Ohio, receiving an excellent practical
education. He began life on his own account at the age of sixteen
years. When twenty years old he began teaching, but four months later
he came to the state of Washington, locating in Larene, Lincoln county.
Here he established a general merchandise store, and was also made postmaster.
In 1894 his stock of goods, building, and residence were destroyed by fire,
by which disaster he lost three thousand dollars, having only nine hundred
dollars insurance. When he came to Larene his cash capital amounted
to only ninety dollars. With indomitable pluck and energy he rebuilt
and reestablished his business, but in 1900 he removed to Davenport, where
he added the jewelry business to his store. In 1901 he formed a partnership
with W. J. Olwell.
March 13, 1888, Mr. Myers was united in marriage
to Bessie M. Hubler, daughter of John and Olive (Johnson) Hubler, the father
a native of Pennsylvania, the mother of New York state. They settled
in Sullivan, Ohio, where the father died. The mother resides in Davenport
with her daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Myers have five children, Jay, Charles,
David, Philip, and Olive, all at home with their parents.
In the campaign issues of the Republican party
Mr. Myers manifests a lively and patriotic interest. He is a member
of the Royal Highlanders, of Davenport, his wife is a member of the same
order, and both are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.