Isaac Newton Myers
(1864 - 1961)
Father: Charles Henry Myers
Mother: Huldah Whitaker
Spouse: Ida Marie Ducommun
Isaac Newton Myers ('Newt') was was born on the third of April, 1864 in Jasper, Ohio.
His father, Charles Henry Myers, is a bookkeeper turned farmer. The son of a German immigrant,
Charles has spent his entire life in Southwestern Ohio. His mother, Huldah Whitaker,
was also born and raised in Ohio. The Whitaker's have been in the United States since
the early 1600's when Stephen Whittaker migrated from England to Massachusetts.
It was a time of turmoil in The United States. After only eighty-eight
years the country is engaged in a great civil war that has already taken over 620,000 lives.
Only a year earlier President Lincoln gave his famous speech at Gettysburg. But
though the times were very troubled, Newt was embarking on what would become a
ninety-seven year life adventure.
When Newt was born there were already six children in
his family, all boys. His oldest brother, William, was born December 14, 1855
and was 8 years old. Leopold (nicknamed 'Pauly') was born December 30, 1856 and
was 7 years old. Joseph was born October 18, 1858 and was 5 years old. Jerome
was born in August of 1860 and was 3. Finally, George was born June 2, 1862 and
was only 2.
Shortly after Newt was born the family moved to Woodford
County, Illinois. It wasn't very long until Newt had a sister, Lucinda 'Lulu'
Angelene, was born August 9, 1866.
In 1870 Newt turned six years old. The family continued to
farm and live in Woodford County. His older brothers who are over 10 years old work
as farm laborers to help support the family. In 1875 there was another addition to
the family. On December 13, 1875 Frank was born.
By 1880 Newt was sixteen years old. The entire family is still
living together in Woodford County. They don't have their own farm so the work is
sporadic. Charles has been unemployed for 6 of the last 12 months. If you are not
in school then you are expected to work and contribute to the family's day to day needs.
In 1883, when Isaac is about 19 years old the family moves
to Plum Creek, Dawson County, Nebraska. They live in a sod house.
On December 10, 1886 Newt married Ida Mae Ducummon.
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