AUGUSTUS W MYERS
It has assuredy been not uninteresting to observe in the series of biographical sketches appearing in this volume the varying nationality, origin and early environment of men who have made their way to positions of prominence and success. Mr. Myers is one of the worthy citizens that Germany has furnished to Kansas, and belongs to that class of self-made men who have reached the plane of affluence through well directed effort, unflagging industry and unabating perseverance.
He was born in Lintze, Germany, October 28, 1824, his parents being Frederick and Louisa Myers, both of whom were also natives of Germany. In 1837 they came to the United States, crossing the Atantic to New York city and thus making their way direct to Columbus, Ohio, Where they spent the succeeding winter. In the spring of 1838 they removed to Jackson county, Indiana, where the father engaged in farming and stock raising. In 1850 they took up their residence in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Augustus W. Myers accompanied his parents on their various removals up to that time. In the year 1850 he married Miss Huldah Snyder, of Buchanan county, Missouri, a daughter of Edward Snyder, and they began their domestic life upon a farm in that state, which continued to be their home until 1877. In that year Mr. Myers went with his family to Stockton, California. but after a short time he returned eastward locating in Atchison county, where he purchased two hundred acres of rich land in Shannon township. He is interested with his brother, Fred, in the cattle business in California and also has property interests in Los Angeles. After residing for some time in Shannon township he came to Atchison, where he now makes his home, his time and energies being devoted to the management and carrying on of his extensive property interests. He still owns the old homestead and has made judicious investments in other realty, from which he derives a handsome income.
Mr. and Mrs. Myers have ten children, seven sons and three daughters, namely: Herman K.; Edward S.; Laura E., wife of William Clem, a farmer; John; William H.; Winslow; Charles W.; Dora S., wife of William Segner; Frederick, at home; and Ray H., who is still at his parental home. Mr. Myers started out in life for himself empty-handed, nor had he the influence of wealthy friends to aid him. He placed his dependence on the more substantial qualities of industry and enterprise, and his sound judgment in business matters has always been a potent element in his prosperity. To-day he is numbered among the capitalists of Atchison, his earliest labors having been crowned with a high degree of success. Such a life indicates the glory of the American republic, for it is only in this land that caste and class do not hamper genius, labor and native talent.