DR. JAMES F. MYERS, a prominent druggist and practicing physician of Saybrook, is a native of
Ohio, born in Licking County, Dec. 29, 1856. He is the son of Henry A. and Lovina (Schechter) Myers, both natives
of the Buckeye State. Henry Myers in his prime followed farming pursuits, and at one time officiated as a minister
of the Methodist Protestant Church. He is now retired from active labor, and pleasantly located on a farm in Randolph
Township. The wife and mother still survives, and continues to be the faithful companion and sympathizer of her
husband. She shared with him his earlier toils, and is now enjoying with him a deserved rest. Their ten children
are recorded as follows: Theodosia A. became the wife of George W. Downs, and lives in Downs Township; Henry S.
went to Washington Territory in 1883, and is now Street Commissioner of Spokane Falls; Margaret C. is at home and
single; James F., of our sketch, was the fourth child; William A. is deceased; Rose L., Mrs. Kershaw, is a resident
of Empire Township; Otta died in infancy; Anna J., Mrs. Fisher, resides in Fairmount, Ill.; Stanley, the youngest,
is still with his parents.
Young Myers received his early education in the common schools, and when quite young evinced a decided taste for music. When eighteen years old he gave close study to this art, which he taught at intervals for four years afterward, meantime attending Westfield College, and the Evergreen City Commercial College of Bloomington. After leaving this institution he began the study of medicine with Drs. Hill & Barnes, of Bloomington, the two most noted physicians of the country, where he studied three years, and in the meantime taking lectures in Rush Medical College at Chicago. He graduated from the latter institution in February, 1883, and immediately commenced the practice of his profession at Farmer City, De Witt Co., Ill. The third year he took in a partner, with whom he operated one year, then disposed of his practice to his partner and removed to Saybrook, which has since been his home. Here he has one of the finest drug-stores in the county, and numbers among his friends and patrons its most wealthy and intelligent people.
Dr. Myers was united in marriage with Miss Sarah J. Johnson, March 15, 1882. Mrs. M. is a native of this county, the daughter of J. C. and Elizabeth (Hargitt) Johnson, and was born Nov. 11, 1800. Her father, who is now a resident of Heyworth, was born in 1822, and the mother, March 3, 1827. They were married and came to Illinois in 1858. Their eleven children are recorded as follows: Malinda is now Mrs. G. A. Nickerson; Thomas A. is the eldest son; Mary E., Mrs. Passwaters, lives in Kansas; George S., Richard M., William R.; Sarah J., wife of our subject; Charles W., Alfred E. and Albert W. (twins), and James A. complete the list. The father of Mrs. Myers crossed the plains several times to California, and was richly rewarded for his labors in the mines. He has been a great traveler, and there are few States in the Union which he has not visited. He has the faculty of observing the peculiarities of people and sections, and in this manner is possessed of a valuable fund of general information. His father before him was an astronomer, and his grandfather a highly educated gentleman.
Mr. and Mrs. Myers have two children: Dacie L., born Dec. 27, 1882, and Nettie E., Sept. 14, 1885. The family residence of our subject is pleasantly located, and is a home where refinement and cultivated tastes are apparent in all its appointments. The Doctor is Republican in politics, and as a citizen, neighbor and friend is highly esteemed among his townsmen.
In addition to his regular college course Dr. Myers has taken great pains to instruct himself in the intricacies of his profession by employing private tutors. He has received certificates from the Central Free Dispensary of West Chicago, Illinois Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary, and for a special course in each of the following: Surgical Anatomy, Clinic Diagnosis, Diseases of Women, Venereal and Skin Diseases, Diseases of Throat and Chest. The same are framed and adorn the walls of his office. His hospital practice and instruction have tended to make his medical education and proficiency much above the average.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 541. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards