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owns one hundred and twenty acres of land where he now resides on section 34, Barry township, and ninety acres in Pleasant Vale township and he carries on general farming and stock-raising. The place is well fenced and the property is a valuable one. He has a good comfortable home which was built by his father in 1864, and his farm is situated about two and a half miles from Barry.

In 1880 Mr. Myers was married to Miss Pauline Bright, who was born in Pike county, October 2, 1858, and is a daughter of William and Rosella (Osburg) Bright. Her father, well known as "Uncle Billy' Bright, is a retired baker of Barry, and the number of his friends is almost co-extensive with the number of his acquaintances. He was born in Westphalia, Prussia, April 25, 1825, and is a son of Joseph and Mary A. (Grause) Bright. He was educated in the common schools; and in 1844 enlisted in the German army for three years' service. In 1850 he came to America, making his way to Baltimore, Maryland, where he remained for six months, when he crossed the mountains to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and then went down the Ohio river to St. Louis, Missouri, where he spent four years in the bakery business, having learned the trade while still a resident of Prussia. He came from St. Louis to Adams county, Illinois, and lived upon a farm for three years, after which he engaged in the bakery business in Barry. He was with the twenty-eighth Regiment of Illinois Volunteers in the Civil war, acting as baker for the regiment until the battle of Corinth in 1863, after which he returned home. He was married April 5, 1853, to Mrs. Rosella Sanger, nee Osburg, of St. Louis, Missouri, and they had six children, of whom five are now living: Fred W., who resides in Kansas City; Sylvania, at home; Pauline, now Mrs. Myers; Louis F., a merchant of Barry; Minnie, who is in the store with Louis; and Aldo, deceased. The parents had traveled life's journey together as man and wife for forty-nine years, eight months and seventeen days, when they were separated by the death of the mother, November 22, 1902. The father is now living retired and occupies a fine home in Barry. He is a democrat, and was supervisor of Barry township for four years, while for many years he has been school trustee. He has also been many times a delegate to the state conventions, and has been recognized as one of the stalwart advocates of the party and a leader in its local circles. He is a communicant of the Catholic church, to which his wife also belonged.

Mr. and Mrs. Myers have become the parents of five children: Mary, the wife of Charles S. Lippincott, who resides near her father; Maude, the wife of George Gray, of New Canton; Clarence, Lewis and Ellis, all at home. Mr. Myers votes with the democracy, and has been school director for several terms and also commissioner of highways for several terms. He has been very successful as a business man, and in his interests has shown capable control and unfaltering enterprise. He is a worthy representative of one of the old and prominent families of the county, and it is with pleasure that we present to our readers this history of the family, whose work has ever been an element in the substantial progress of the community.

                                     ROBERT EDMISTON

Robert Edmiston, deceased, was born in County Antrim, Ireland, at Barney Castle in December, 1830, and was a son of Archie and Nancy (Brown) Edmiston. He was educated in Ireland, remaining a resident of that country until thirty years of age, when he emigrated to America. He had one brother and two sisters, those still living being: Archibald, who resides in Aurora, Nebraska; Mrs. Sarah Cunningham, the widow of Thomas Cunningham, of Baylis.

When Robert Edmiston lived in Ireland, he would herd cattle barefooted; and he only had money enough to bring him to the new world. He crossed the Atlantic on a sailing vessel and empty- handed, but with a courageous heart, began life in a strange land. He was married July 25, 1871, to Miss Ann Holt, who was born in the state of New York, January 20, 1847, and was a daughter of Charles and Martha (Howard) Holt, both of whom were natives of England, whence they came to America at an early day. In 1848  


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