JUDGE C. D. MYERS, who presides over the County Court at Bloomington, is filling the duties of his responsible
position intelligently and acceptably, and is one of the most highly esteemed citizens of McLean County. Judge
Myers was born in Meigs County, Ohio, on the 7th of May, 1847. His parents were Benjamin and Serena (Elliott) Myers,
natives respectively of Virginia and Ohio.
Benjamin Myers was an experienced and skillful builder, contractor and pattern-maker. He emigrated from his native State to Ohio when a young man, and was employed in the Pomeroy foundries for many years, as designer and pattern-maker. He was stricken down in the prime of life and in the midst of his usefulness as a citizen and the father of a family, at the age of forty-three years. His wife, the mother of our subject, afterward removed to West Virginia, and is still living there. Their household included six children, two of whom are deceased: William P. is engaged as a wholesale grocer at Cincinnati, Ohio; Thornton B. is engaged in the loan and abstract business at Winfield, Kan.; the next son living is the subject of our sketch; Serena E., Mrs. Holman, lives in Lorain County, Ohio.
Judge Myers, from the time he was eight until sixteen years old, lived on the homestead in Virginia with his mother, and then returning to Pomeroy, engaged first as a clerk in a dry-goods store, and then, during the progress of the war, enlisted in Co. B, 32d Ohio Vol. Inf., and served until the close. He participated with his comrades in the battle at Franklin, Tenn., and was taken prisoner at Rock Hill Station, Ky., during the transportation of troops and prisoners on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. The bushwhackers had displaced the rails so that the train went down a steep embankment, where the Union soldiers were surrounded and captured. They were liberated, however, the following day, but in the meantime their watches, money and valuables were carried off by the "chivalry."
After his term of service had expired, our subject returned to West Virginia, and for the following year worked on a farm near the little city of Fairmont. He then proceeded again to Ohio, where he entered the Normal National School at Lebanon, and after a six months' course in this institution, returned to West Virginia, where, for two years following, he worked on a farm in summer and taught school in winter. In 1868 he resumed his studies in Ohio for another year, which were then once more interrupted, to resume in 1870, for two years, after which he graduated and entered the law department of Michigan University, from which institution he received his degree after a two years' course, in 1874.
Thus armed with the requisite credentials, Judge Myers soon afterward came to Bloomington and commenced the practice of his profession. After a few months he associated himself in partnership with Albert Bushnell, and they operated together for three years. Judge Myers then formed a partnership with Isaac W. Stroud, which continued two years, and then Mr. S. retired on account of failing health, and since that time he has practiced alone. His talents and ability received early recognition in this county, and after filling other positions of responsibility and trust, he was elected Judge of the County Court, in 1886. He has been Chairman of the Republican Central Committee for the last six years, and has been attorney for the Bloomington Building and Loan Association, and also one of its Directors and stockholders since its organization. He is a stockholder in the Third National Bank, Secretary and Treasurer of the Bloomington Iron-Piling Bridge Company, and Vice President of the Bloomington Law Library Association. Socially he is a member of the I. O. O. F. , the G. A. R., and is Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias.
The marriage of Judge Myers and Miss Dora Yeager took place in the spring of 1872, in Lebanon, Ohio. Mrs. Myers is the daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Lucas) Yeager, who were both natives of Jackson, Ohio, and the latter is still living. The Judge and Mrs. M. occupy a handsome residence at No. 603 Taylor street, surrounded by the refinements of life, and enjoying the friendship and esteem of a large circle of acquaintances. Judge Myers has attained to his present position among his fellow-citizens solely by his own efforts and his resolution of character. He is essentially a self-made man, obtaining his education through his own earnest efforts and perseverance, and his property through his industry and good judgment in the place of capital and the disbursement of funds. He is noted for his kindness of heart, his simple and unostentatious habits, and the elevation of character which scorns an ignoble thought or cowardly action.
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), 684. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.