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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
PETER L. MYERS, a resident of Assumption, is one of the honored old settlers of the county, where he has resided for thirty-two years. He has ever taken an active part in its growth and has been identified with its welfare.

He is a native of Ohio, born in Fairfield County, December 4, 1828, and is a son of Henry F. Myers, who was a native of the Keystone State. The latter on arriving at man's estate removed to Ohio, settling in Fairfield County, in the wilderness, where he cleared and improved a farm.

He married Miss Sarah Clare, whose birth occurred in Ohio, and whose father, Adam Clare, was one of the first settlers of Fairfield County. After a residence in the Buckeye State of a number of years, Henry F. Myers removed to Illinois, in 1854, and passed the remaining years of his life in Tazewell County.

His demise occurred in 1860, and his wife, after surviving him a few years, passed away, in 1872, and lies buried beside her husband in Holland Grove Cemetery.

The subject of this sketch is one of a family of five sons and ten daughters. Of the number, thirteen are still living. The youth of Mr. Myers was passed in his native county, and his educational privileges were of the most limited description.

In 1854, he came to Illinois and first located in Tazewell County, where he bought land and cleared a farm. For eight years he devoted himself to this enterprise and in time found himself possessed of three hundred and twenty acres, which he had entered and developed.

A portion of this was located in Christian County and the remainder in Shelby County. It was in 1861 that he removed to the farm which he still owns and operates. In the year 1865, he purchased a farm in Assumption Township, which is now under good cultivation and has. become a desirable piece of property.

At times since 1864, Mr. Myers has engaged in the butcher's business and was the first to open a meat-market in Assumption. He was one of the organizers of the Assumption Coal and Mining Company, of which he was made the first President. This position he held to the satisfaction of all until he saw fit to resign, in the summer of 1893.

The marriage of Mr. Myers was celebrated in Fairfield County, Ohio; November 5, 1850, when Miss Mary M. Kemmerer became his wife. Mrs. Myers is a sister of Philip B. Kemmerer, whose sketch may be found on another page of this work. Two children came to bless this union, the eldest of whom, Meredith M., is a partner of his father in the meat business and resides in Assumption; the daughter is the wife of Lloyd B. Ferrell, and lives in Wichita, Kan., where Mr. Ferrell is engaged in the real-estate business.

Mr. Myers since the organization of the Republican party has been loyal to it. Recognizing his ability and worth, the friends and neighbors of Mr. Myers have frequently elected him to hold local official positions, and the wisdom of their choice has been always shown. He has always been a true friend and upholder of our public school system, and was one of the prime movers in securing the first schoolhouse in Assumption.

For a number of years he has served as a member of the School Board, and has given liberally of his time, influence and means for benevolent purposes and movements for the general good. He is friendly to churches and has contributed to every church building in the village. With his worthy wife, son and daughter, he is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He has belonged to the Masonic fraternity for many years; is a Master Mason and has passed nearly all the chairs of that order. He is President of the Fair Association, having served as such since its organization, and having always taken a leading part in its success. He is also President of the Building and Loan Association, and, in short, there are few local movements or enterprises with which he has not been identified.


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