The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, October 17, 1907
'A Well Known Veteran Of The 6th Iowa Mustered Out.'
D.S. MYERS died at his home at Rolla, Missouri, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1907,
after an illness of two days.He was a native of Ohio, born at Marion, in
1837.He, with his parents moved to Lacona, Iowa, in 1852 and was married
to CAROLINE BARTLETT in 1856.To them were born two sons, OREN, of Lander,
Wyoming and PEARL, of Florence, Colo.His wife died in 1866 and two yeras
later he was united in marriage to ANNA F. MORRISON and to this union were
born two daughters, MRS. H.E. MEANS, of Des Moines and MRS. A.F. DARRAH, of
this city, all of whom with a step daughter, MRS. J.W. LYON, of Denver, Colo. survive him.MR. MYERS moved to Chariton in 1884, which place has been his home since, until July, 1906, when he moved to Rolla, Mo.
He was a veteran of the Civil War, serving three years as Drum Major, of Co. B, 6th Iowa.He had a wide acquaintance and was honorable in all transactions between his fellow men and did his part as a citizen well, and it is with deep sorrow that the news of his death was hailed here, where he had resided so long.In public affairs he ever took a deep interest and as long as he lived in the county no soldier's gathering was complete without his presence and since the martial band of the county has lost him, E.L. Kendall and others, that Irish pathos come to mind:
"The harp that once through Tara's halls
The soul of music shed
Now hangs mute on Tara's walls
As if that soul were fled --
So sleeps the pride of former days;
So glory's thrill is o'er
And hearts that once beat high for praise
Now feels that pulse no more."
H.E. Means, of Des Moines, went to Rolla, last Thursday, and accompanied MRS
MYERS to Chariton, where the remains were brought for burial and on Saturday, at 2:00 o'clock funeral services were conducted at the M.E. Church by Revs. McCullagh and Evans, and interment was made in the Chariton
Cemetery under the auspices of the G.A.R.
Aside from his immediate family he has a brother, ISAAC MYERS, residing at
Lacona, and JAMES, at Ashland, Oregon, and a sister at Fitzgerald City, Iowa.WILL and SAM MYERS, in the north part of this county, are half brothers to him.
An earlier article follows:
The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, September 5, 1907
'Myers A Good Drummer'
D.S. MYERS is having a big time down at Rolla, Mo., if the reports are any
indications.There was recently a big Grand Army gathering there and from a
copy of the Rolla Times the following is taken (his photo also appeared):
"D.S. MYERS, drum major, in the 6th Iowa Infantry is now drum major of the
Ozark battalion.Major MYERS is 70 years old and served three years in the
Civil War.He is a native of Ohio but most of his life has been lived in
Iowa.He came to Missouri a little over a year ago and located on the
Phelps county farm, 3 miles east of Rolla.The major is an expert drummer
in Southern Iowa.He very properly declares that he wouldn't lay down the
drum sticks for any man living when it comes to beating martial music.The
major's favorite is six-eight double drag time.He says he can give the
long roll in such a fashion that his hearers will not soon forget they heard
it.He is not afraid of jeopardizing his position as a drummer but is
willing to compete for honors with any drummer who thinks he knows anything
about martial music.It may be possible that a contest between the major
and some other aspirant for honors may be arranged before the encampment
closes.The major is a good story teller and has an unusual memory for war
Then follows several good narratives which it is impossible to print in the
Leader owing to the nearness of press day.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
January 3, 2005