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George W. Myers
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Birth: Feb. 11, 1884
Dubois County
Indiana, USA
Death: Mar. 23, 1918
Lawrence County
Illinois, USA


George Myers met Susie O'Brien during the brief time the Myers family lived in the Indian Springs, Martin County, Indiana area. The O'Brien's had lived in the area at least since the early 1800's. After a brief courtship George and Susan were married at Indian Springs in 1905. George was age 21 and Susie age 16 at the time of their marriage. The witnesses to the marriage were Joseph F. O'Brien, Susie's father and Mr. and Mrs. George Sheetz.
Susie's father, Joseph, was killed in a coal mine cave - in on November 5, 1905, one month after Susie was married. It is believed tht the mine was owned by John Meyers.
A son, Chester William, was born to George and Susie August 23, 1906 while they still resided in Martin County north of Loogootee, Indiana, Indications are that in late 1906 or early 1907 they moved to Lawrence Co., Illinois.
George worked briefly for one farmer before going to work for Vern Lago, who owned one of the larger farms in Lawrence County at that time. George worked for Vern Lago as a farm hand until his death ion March 23, 1918.
It was in Illinois, in February 1908, that their second child, Nellie Elizabeth, was born.
George and his family lived in one of the Vern Lago tenant homes on the east side of Route 33 midway between Russellville and Westport near the Vincennes, Ind. bridge crossing the Wabash River.
George Myers was described as having a hot temper but a hard working, reliable man who apparently was a good father and husband. He was small and wirey, probably under 5' 6". Most of John and Eva's sons were small built. Four of the Myers brothers worked in Illinois for a while but all returned to Indiana except George. Claude, Guss and Lee all worked in Lawrence County, Illinois. Claude and possibly Guss worked for the Lago's, same as George.
George Myers died March 23, 1918 at the age of 34 of tetanus or lockjaw. He had been in the barnyard trying to get a cow into the barn when he picked up a board and hit the cow and in the process ran a splinter into his hand pinning three fingers together. He went to Dr. Sprinkle in Russellville who removed the splinter but unfortunately didn't get it all out. One of the fingers became badly infected and he went back to the doctor who told him to lance the finger himself with his pocket knife, which he did, but the infection had already started to take it's toll and the outcome was irreversible. It was said that George died a painful death. In fact, the pain was so intense that he bent the iron railings on the bed on which he lay. His wife, Susan, was under extreme emotional strain from seeing him suffer and she came close to having a nervous breakdown. Susan was in bed herself for a week due to the emotional drain. George was buried in Centerville Cemetery, which is located about 4 miles southwest of Russellville, Illinois. Funeral services were held at Allison Prairie Church of the Brethern located southwest of Russellville. Chester was 11 years old and Nellie 6 at the time of their father's death.

Burial: Centerville Cemetery, Russellville, Illinois
Cause of Death: tetanus or lockjaw
Family links: 
  John Myers (1860 - 1938)
  Eva Hagen Myers (1862 - 1946)
  Susan Alice O'Brien Myers-Dunlap (1889 - 1931)*
  Nellie Elizabeth Myers (1908 - 1927)*
  William C. Myers (1882 - 1967)*
  Margaret Meyers Bowden - Giles (1882 - 1965)*
  George W. Myers (1884 - 1918)
  Edward Myers (1888 - 1964)*
  Elizabeth Myers (1890 - 1956)*
  Laura A Myers Bowden (1892 - 1980)*
  Augustas Myers (1893 - 1933)*
  Effie Myers Lantz (1895 - 1982)*
  Mabel Barbara Myers Crawford (1897 - 1979)*
  Lee H. Myers (1898 - 1977)*
  Claude Myers (1900 - 1970)*
  Carrie May Myers Medlock-Davis (1904 - 1975)*
*Calculated relationship
Centerville Cemetery
Lawrence County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Rev. Dale Sims
Record added: May 19, 2010
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George W. Myers
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