A valuable ranch of two hundred and seventy acres on Grand Island is the property and claims the time and energies of Edward H. Myers, who is now engaged in both agricultural and horticultural pursuits. He is a typical son of California, possessing the enterprise which has been the dominant factor in the rapid and substantial development of the great west. He was born in Sacramento county, September 21, 1871, and is a son of Henry W. and Sophia Myers. The father was one of the pioneer residents on Grand Island, settling there at an early day, probably in the '50s. There he engaged in general farming and fruit raising for many years. He was a native of Germany, but became thoroughly American in spirit and interests, and took a helpful part in the early development and improvement of his part of the state. He also served as a trustee of the reclamation district comprising Grand Island, and was much interested in the work of reclaiming the wild land for the purposes of cultivation. He also served as trustee of the Grand Island school district and he gave his political support to the Republican party. The material prosperity which he enjoye was attributable entirely to his own efforts, for he was in limited financial circumstances in early life. He placed his dependence, however, upon unremitting labor and upon that foundation he builded his success. His death occurred February 5, 1899, and he is still survived by his wife, who is now more than seventy years of age. They were the parents of four children: Louis W., living on Grand Island; Edward, who also makes his home on Grand Island; Dora S., who is the wife of P. T. Sprague, of San Francisco; and Minnie C., the wife of John A. de Back, living on Sutter Island, California.

Edward H. Myers spent the days of his boyhood and youth on Grand Island, living on his father's ranch, and in the public schools he acquired his early education, while later he attended a private school in Auburn, California, and subsequently completed a course by graduation from the Sacramento Business College. He has always been engaged in general farming and the raising of fruit, and is to-day the owner of two hundred and seven acres of rich and productive land on Grand Island, at what is known as Myers' Landing. He is systematic, methodical, practical and progressive in all his methods, and his ranch with all its equipments is in keeping with modern ideas of fruit-growing and general farming.

Mr. Myers was united in marriage to Miss Rieka de Back, a daughter of P. G. de Back, the present postmaster at Vorden, California. They have become the parents of two children: Pauline R. and Morris E. Mr. Myers belongs to Parlor No. 106, Native Sons of the Golden West, at Courtland, California, and has served as its president. He is also president of the Courtland Farmers' Club. He is a young man, whose business training and practical experience in early life well qualify him for the interests which he is now conducting. In matters of business judgment he is rarely at fault, and already he has made progress as a farmer and fruit-raiser that entitles him to rank with the leading and representative men in this line of work in the county.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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