biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ISAIAH MYER, Cashier of the Freight Department of the Central Iowa Railway at Oskaloosa, was born in Barton, Alleghany Co., Md., July 9,1848, and is a son of John and Ruth (Dawson) Myer. The father was a blacksmith, and died when the subject of this sketch was in his eighth year. The mother still lives, and resides near Taintor, in this county. They were the parents of three children, all living: Isaiah is the eldest; Mason P. is a barber in Grinnell, Iowa; Jennie is the wife of W. W.. Totten, of Oskaloosa. Isaiah Myer removed in 1861 to Petersburg, Somerset Co., Pa., and in 1869, to Barton, Md. He first engaged in a tannery, and afterward in farming, painting, etc., until the spring of 1872, when he came to this county, locating near Granville, rented a farm, and followed that occupation two years and a half, and then engaged in buying grain, etc., for several years. In 1878 he came to Oskaloosa, and in February, 1881, obtained a position in the office of the Central Iowa Railway as Freight Clerk and Baggageman, and officiated as Assistant Ticket Agent for nearly two years. In June, 1886, he was appointed Check Clerk, and held that position until the month of July, when he was appointed Cashier of the Freight Department. Mr. Myer was married in Petersburg, Somerset Co., Pa., March 25, 1869, to Miss Helen Wirsing, a native of that county, born Jan. 1,1847. By this marriage there have been eight children: Mary E.; Mason M. is Check Clerk in the Central Iowa Railway office at Oskaloosa; John M., Isaiah, Harry, Roy, Helen R. and Rose. Mr. Myer has attained his present position solely on his own merits. It is a characteristic of the man to do whatever may be assigned him in a careful, painstaking manner, and however annoying the surroundings may at times have been, the patrons of that road have ever found him courteous and accommodating. His integrity is unquestioned, hence his promotion to his present position, which is a very responsible one, involving the transaction of a large amount of business and the handling of large sums of money. The promotion was a deserved one, and is fully as gratifying to the friends of Mr. Myer as it is to himself.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy