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Samuel Moyer, ex-treasurer of Doniphan county and one of the enterprising farmers and stock raisers of Wolf River township, was born in Union county, Ohio, March 20, 1839, his parents being Samuel and Eva (Kline) Moyer, the former of French lineage and the latter of German descent. The father was born in Union county, Pennsylvania, in 1802, and died in Three Rivers, Michigan, in 1875.

Samuel Moyer is the fourth in order of birth in a family of nine children. He acquired his preliminary education in the schools of New Berlin and Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, and in Clyde, Ohio. There he put aside his textbooks in order to enter upon the duties of an active business career. He has always followed farming, and in the spring of 1866 he removed from Sandusky county, Ohio, to Doniphan county, Kansas, attracted by cheaper lands in this state and better facilities for raising stock. The first year of his residence here was passed in Highland, but in 1868 he purchased an eighty-acre tract of land just north of Severance and began the development of his present fine farm. Its boundaries, however, he has since extended, and is now the owner of a large and valuable tract.

Before leaving the Buckeye state Mr. Moyer was married, in the fall of 1860, to Barbara Haaser, who died January 18, 1888. One child, Charles I. Moyer, was born to them December 23, 1864, and is now actively identified with the extensive farming interests which claims his father's attention. He was married in 1889 to Annie Vigus, and their children are: Barbara, Alma, Harriet, Donna and Rilla. Mr. Moyer is one of the leading Republicans of the county, and in November, 1884, was elected county treasurer, which position he acceptably filled through one term.