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MORE interesting info about William Perry & Levi Willits MYERS

Early Photo of Uncle Levi W. & Gpa William Perry
.....Two VERY Interseting Brothers!

Abolitionists ~ Republican Delegates ~ Friends of Abe Lincoln ~ Farmers ~ Coal Miner ~ Teacher ~ Preacher ~ News Paper Owner-Editor ~ Secretary to President.....
William Perry Myers & Levi Willits Myers:  These two brothers left their mark all over history!  Some of their claims to fame include polititions, writters, coal miner, teacher, preacher and friends of Abe Lincoln.  There used to be a "Lincoln Letter", that Abe Lincoln wrote to the brothers during the early days of their Political run, as they helped form the Republican Party.  I believe I saw it when I was a little girl - I remember my Aunt Irene showing me a very tattered and torn letter and telling me That Abe Lincoln had wrote it.  Another family member is sure Irene lost it while moving in the bay.  What ever become of it I have no idea for sure but it would be really nice to find it again someday.
We know for sure that Grandpa William Perry took after his dad, (Col Andrew Myers) and joined the Military.  His enlistment can be found at (New Boston militia rolls in 1862).  Col Andrew Myers, along with William Nevius as Lieutenant Colonel and Benijah Lloyd as Major formed a malitia in the 1840's under orders of the Illinois Governer, to protect the settlers against the Indians. This was the only organization of this kind formed in the County until the Civil War. They met for drill at Millersburg and parade days brought hundreds from around the County to watch. "The companies were well drilled, fully officered, fairly uniformed and armed with such guns as pioneers had for hunting and common protection." (Ref: Historicaly Encyclopedia of Illinois & History of Mercer County, 1903)

Picture of Original News paper Clipping


(Copied word for word from News paper Article)

WILLIAM P. MYERS, one of the five living delegates to the first national convention of the Republican party in Philidelphia in 1856, will watch from a conspicuous place the choosing of the party's canadate in Chicago next June. Mr. Myers is said to be a man of uncommon intellectual vigor, as keen and alert at 87 as he was a quarter of a century ago, and his natural powers have suffered so little impairment through age that he still reads without spectacles.

Practically all of his long life has been passed in New Boston, ILL., in Mercer County, and he was one of the first residents of the state to recognize that the Republican party must committ itself definitely to the policy of abolition.

He announced, when there was peril in his candor, that the logic of events left the new party no choice and he threw his influence steadily against the compromising tendencies with which charactorized the first years of it's own existance.

Chairman New has sent the old man a special invitation to be present at the coming Chicago gathering of the party and he is looking forward with pleasure to the prospect of renewing the expirience of his young manhood.

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Mr. Myers (xxx unreadable xxx) stock which has been singularly successful in resisting the great destroyer. He is one of nine children born to Colonel Andrew Myers, who went to Mercer County in 1886. Of the nine children six are living and their aggregate age is something like 500 years.

Colonel Myers was a man of strong Puritanical views, a prohibitionist and one who dicerned the injustice of slavery long before it became a national issue. His sons inherited something of his viewpoint and all of his incorruptible independence and at least two of them - William P. and Levi W. Myers - were amoung the leaders of the Republican party from it's formation. Indeed, it is the boast of both that they were Republicans when Lincoln was a Whig.

Levi W. Myers, who later became a war correspondent for the old Associated Press, was a delegate to the state Republican convention in Bloomington early in June, 1856. At that time both he and his brother were abolitionists, and Levi Myers made a strong stand in the convention for some declaration of policy.

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It was he who suggested his brother as a possible delegate to the national convention from that part of the state, and the members were glad to quit of the responsibility. When William Myers left for the East it was as an instructed delegate, but he cast his vote for General Firemont - "The Pathfinder."

Levi Myers, who now is a resident of Portland, passed through Chicago yesterday in a visit to his brother in New Boston. He himself is 77 years of age and, although he suffered painful injuries some ten years ago in a railroad accident, is mentally as forceful as he ever has been.

His memory of the early struggles which attended the birth of the party is unclouded, and he talked with charming freedom and fullness of the influences which played upon the men who were shaping public opinion in the days that immediately preceded the war.

In physical aspect Mr. Myer's suggests a title the circuit riding preacher of the pioneer days. He is tall and lean and a little bent, but he walks firmly, and there is nothing of the infirmity of age in his sharp, neat, clean enunciation.

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"It would be difficult for a man living in this day to understand the opprobrium which attached to being a Republican in these first formative years." he said yesterday. "Enough emphasis has not been placed, I think, by historians generally upon the moral courage which was implies in 1856 by adherence to Republican politics, ill-defined as they then were. It is not too much to say that a Republican was esteemed but little better than a horse thief in some parts of the state."

"So much praise has been bestowed upon these men who emerged later as leaders that many of the men who worked in the background have been forgotten. I would say that not one man in two hundred in Illinois was a Republican at the time of the first convention party."

"I remember as if it were yesterday that state convention at Bloominton. One of the figures which stands out in my memory most sharply was that of 'Long John' Wentworth of Chicago. Physically he was a giant, and he threw the great weight of his personal influence on the side of abolition. He was a tower of strength in the early courells of the party."

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"Well as I have said, it was a mighty unpopular thing in those days, particularly in my part of the state, for a man to announce openly his adherence to the new party. There were still those who believed that the old Whig party might be resuscitated and they opposed the idea of injecting new elements. Lincoln, I may say was of that way of thinking. No one particularly wanted to go as a delegate to the national convention, and I suggested that my brother would be willing to offer himself his name was gladly accepted."

"Historians, I think have not done justice to these early Illinois settlers who sturdily refused to compromise. As late as 1863 my brother was openly threatened by the people of his county because of his known sympathy for abolition. In season and out he insisted that a great national crime was being condoned through weakness and that the time for compromising with a vicious trafficking in human life had gone by."

"He even was visited by vigilance committees who warned him that unless he desisted they would hang him from his own apple tree. The Knights of the Golden Circle, who were really secessionists, were then very strong in Southern Illinois."

William Myers received his invitation to be present at the Chicago convention through his son, Myron Myers, who is Vice President of the Cable-Nelson Piano Comapnay and a resident of Hinsdale. Mr Myers said that his father was delighted at the prospect of witnessing another nomination by the party which he helped found in Philadlphia fifty-two years ago.


Illinois Delegation to the
1856 Republican National Convention


Delegates (may be incomplete!)
Cyrus Aldrich, Dixon - Edward R. Allen, Aurora - William B. Archer, Marshall - John D. Arnold, Peoria - M. G. Atwood, Alton - George T. Brown, Alton - F. A. Carpenter, Belleville - S. M. Church, Rockport - Francis Grimm, Belleville - Henry Grove, Peoria - Abner C. Harding, Monmouth - Miles S. Henry, Sterling - H. C. Johns, Decatur - Norman Buel Judd, Chicago - H. Krisman, Chicago - W. A. Little, Elizabeth - Owen Lovejoy, Princeton - A. W. Mack, Kankakee - Leander Muncell, Paris - W. P. Myers, New Boston - Jesse O. Norton, Joliet - John M. Palmer, Carlinville - Samuel C. Parks, Lincoln - T. J. Picket, Peoria - William Ross, Pittsfield - George Schneider, Chicago - M. P. Sweet, Freeport - J. B. Tenny, Atlanta - John Tillson, Quincy - George W. Wait, St. Charles - W. H. L. Wallace, Ottawa - David Welty, Dixon - Isaac Whittaker, Carlinville - W. G. Wilcox, Fredericksville

News paper Owner - Editor
Uncle Levi W. Myers

LEVI MYERS NEWSPAPER OWNER - EDITOR of the NEW BOSTON NON PAREIL (*NOTE: Prior to Uncle Levi moving to Wappalo, Iowa and running the New paper The Wappalo Republic he owned and ran a News Paper in New Boston this info was found @ )

The first newspaper published in the county was the "New Boston Advertiser," which was followed successively by the "Yeoman of the Prairie Land," the "New Boston Broadhorn," the "Golden Age" and the "New Boston Nonpareil." The last mentioned paper was published by Levi W. Myers, an old-time settler who came to the county with his parents in 1836.

Under Mr. Myers' editorial management "The Nonpareil" was recognized by its contemporaries as one of the leading journals of the early days in Western Illinois. He was a fighter for right, and his editorials teemed with advanced thought on all moral and public issues. He was equipped to meet great opposition in a political contest, and was a trueand fearless friend of the oppressed in all stations of life. Mr. Myers is now a resident of Portland, Oregon.

History of Henderson and Mercer Counties Wini Caudell and Contributors All Rights Reserved, Illinois Ancestors

(History found @

A history of Louisa County, Iowa,  Newspapers

A term paper by J. Ann Cotter, 1964 Graduate State University of Iowa

Printed with permission of J. Ann Cotter Schrader, Greeley, Colorado

Updated by Connie Street


(The Louisa County Historical Society has a photo of the Office of the Wapello Republican Newspaper which I would LOVE to get a copy of. It pictures several men in the Newspaper Office located on second floor of Keck Building. Date unknown. There is a man in the photo with the white beard, that bears a strong resemblance to and very well could be Uncle Levi)


Sources seem contradictory making it unsure if the Louisa County Times was originally established by J. H. Wells or L. P. Wells.  Records state that L.P. Wells ran the paper for about two years as an independent Newspaper. Next the Newspaper was co-owned by: Kelly, Ives, and Minton until which time Mr. L.P. Wells bought it back and continued publication for another two years. William Keach then bought him out and published the paper under the name of Wapello Republican. Later the Newspaper was sold to a man named Dr. B. E. Jones who discontinued it.

L. W. Myers, a Whig and Republican, (from New Boston, Illinois) purchased the press and the office and restarted publication of The Wapello Republican in 1866.

The History of Louisa County states, "The Wapello Republican took its rank among the ablest papers in the state. It was a neatly printed and well-conducted sheet. Its local column showed evidence of considerable care in the collection of  local items of interest, while its editorial columns were proof of the ability of the editor, who was thoroughly conversant in the political history of the country. Soon after taking possession of the office, Mr. Levi W. Myers added largely to its stock of type and put in a job press. From  time to time new material was added so that the office was one of the best in this section of the country."


William J. Peterson wrote in 1962, "The Wapello Republican today is the successor and consolidation of every newspaper ever printed in Wapello since 1859, the date of its establishment. It is the oldest weekly in the state of Iowa, and is one of 33 papers in the state established before the Civil War and still circulating."

The first edition of this Newspaper was published by J. M. Edwards.  Since the beginning it has been the county's leading Newspaper. Soon after the Republican was established, the Intelligencer died. The Republican, which was formerly known as the Burris City Commercial, moved to Wapello in 1857. Other information states the Burris City Commercial and the Wapello Intelligencer were consolidated under the name of the Republican with L. P. Wells in control until 1862.  When Jenkins and Barr came back into the journalism field at this time Barr bought out Jenkins and published the Newspaper until June, 1865. Serving as editor was a man named John Hale, who had been the county clerk for several years. Under Hale's guidance, the Republican became the most "Radical, redhot Republican newspaper ever published in the state" with some 200 copies being mailed to members of the Union army.  Hale paid the postage for mailing these papers out of his pocket.

Then due to illness Barr sold out to a Dr. B. E. Jones.  Jones was the county physician and judge of Grandview. Shortly after this purchase Jones also became ill and leased the plant to Levi W. Myers of New Boston, Illinois. Just before Jones' death, Myers bought the plant and made great improvements to the Newspaper.  It became one of the best Newspapers in the state. Levi W. Myers continued to publish the Republican until he was appointed vice-counsil to Victoria, B.C., by President Harrison in 1892. Myers then sold the newspaper and moved to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Ownership after that point in time went under the guidance of J. B. Wilson, a well-known and successful Wapello attorney, who ran the plant for two years before selling out to Charles M. Wright.

Then in 1884, the Record, which was established in 1870, and the Republican, established in 1859, consolidated under the new name the Record-Republican. The editors wrote in 1895: "For more than seven years our best efforts have given to the newspaper work, having taken it up from a collapsed and ruined condition without a single subscriber or a cent of advertising patronage and built the paper up until it is by far the best, most influential and most widely circulated paper in the county."

With this proclamation, Wright then sold out to R. G. Hawkins.  At the time Hawkins was publishing a Newspaper called the Morning Sun Times.  Between the years of 1850 and 1912, Wapello had possessed nine different Newspapers.  Three of those papers were in circulation simultaneously on three different occasions. One of the Newspapers was the Rustler by Jay Hale. Except for the Tribune, J. D. Barr had been connected with every single Newspaper that identified itself politically as Republican, that were published in Wapello between 1850 and 1896.

September 17,1896 marked the date of the first publication of the Wapello Republican under the supervision of Mr. Hawkins. In 1921, he formed a partnership with his son. On November 22, 1923, the Republican headlines read, "REPUBLICAN AND TRIBUNE MERGED - CONSOLIDATION IS FOR BEST INTEREST OF ALL." In 1937, Hawkins leased the paper to his son, Blaine, who upon the death of his father, purchased all stock from his sisters and became sole owner in 1941.

The Republican remained in the Hawkins family for 51 years until Blaine sold out, in 1947, to Kenneth C. Wells, a Republican, who published it for only a few months. 

Mark Green then became editor and publisher and made many improvements in the printing plant and newspaper. Green was publisher until February1, 1954, when he sold out to the Louisa Publishing Company.  Becomeing the newest owners were James L. Hodges and H. Frank Lunsford. They remained partners until October, 1959, when Hodges bought Lunsford's interest.  (Louisa Publishing Co., owned by Mike Hodges, son of the late James Hodges, as of 1964 continued to publish the Wapello Republican. cs ~ I'll have to continue my research to see if it is still in circulation today jp)


Mr. Levi W. Myers, now a resident of Portland, Oregon, in a letter to the writer, furnishes many interesting incidents connected with the early settlement of the county. Mr. Myers came to Mercer county in October, 1836, with his father, Colonel Andrew Myers. The family consisted of the father, mother, two sons and seven daughters. At this date there are seven still surviving, the youngest being sixty-five years old and the oldest nearly eighty-four. Colonel Myers opened a farm in 1839 on the north side of Edwards river, in New Boston township, midway between New Boston and Millersburg, which he improved and owned un­til his death in 1881. He was commissioned by the Governor early in the '40s to organize a regiment of militia in the county, which he successfully accomplished, with • William I. Nevi us as lieutenant-colonel and Benijah Lloyd as major, the only organization of the kind the county ever had. The place of meet­ing for drill was Millersburg, and parade days brought hundreds of people to the seat of justice from all over the county. There were those who did not take kindly to the movement, and some witticisms were indulged in at uni­forms and accoutrements, but on the whole it was a creditable organization and kept alive the military spirit that was soon to find expres­sion in the Mexican war, the troubles about Nauvoo and the Southern rebellion. Most of the companies were well drilled, fully officered, fairly uniformed and armed with such guns as the pioneers had for hunting and common pro­tection. Colonel Myers stood six feet without shoes, was spare, erect and athletic in person and as full of martial spirit as General Jackson himself. About 1847 the Bragg artillery com­pany was formed at New Boston and Colonel Myers was made its captain. These were the only military organizations the county had until the opening of the Civil War.

APPOINTED TO OFFICE: Levi W. Myers continued to publish the Republican until he was appointed vice-counsil to Victoria, B.C., by President Harrison in 1892. Myers then sold the newspaper and moved to Victoria, B.C.,Canada.


Parke was the youngest of three sons born to Alice K. (Beane) and Oak Prentiss Myers. He was the grandson of Elizabeth (Kendig) & Van Buren Beane and Rosetta (Prentiss) & Levi Willits Myers.


When Levi Myers was appointed Vice Council to Victoria, British Columbia he moved his entire family, including his wife, his only son Oak, and Oak’s wife and two small sons, Myron Kendig Myers age 2 and Troy Oak Myers age 1, to live with him in Canada during his time in office. The extended family arrived in Canada in early 1890. Parke was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on Nov 30, 1890. The family spent five years in Canada before returning to the states.


In 1895, when Parke was five years old, he made his first journey to the United States with his family as they returned to their former lives in Portland, Oregon.


On June 3, 1913 Parke married Edna Bridwell daughter of Bae L. (Wilson) and William E. Bridwell. Parke and Edna spent their married years together in Portland, Oregon. As far as I can tell no children were born to this couple. Parke and both his brother’s occupation are listed as a Bank Clerk or Bank Teller in all the census records.


Park died in 1947 at the age of 56. He was laid to rest in Lincoln Memorial Park in the Camella Corridor, Mausoleum along with his wife Edna and her parents.


PUBLISHED IN THE Oregonian News Paper – July 15, 1915

Levi W. Myers is 85

Former Editor and ex-Consul to Observe Anniversary.

Mind Vigorous as of Yore


War Correspondent of 1861 Will Be Guest at Family Gathering Today


Opinions on Past and Present Are Given Freely

Vigorous in mind, and little less so in body, than he was in 1853, when he began newspaper life as an editor; in Illinois, or in 1861 to 1865 as a war correspondent, or in 1890 to 1895, when he was United States Consul at Victoria, B. C..


Levi W. Myers, of Portland, today celebrates his eighty-fifth birthday anniversary.


He will be the honor guest at a family gathering at the home of his son, Oak P, Myers, 681 East Ankeny Street.


"While passing his later years in Portland in retirement, so far as business is concerned, his mind scorns in­action.


With his force as a public speaker many Portland audiences are acquainted.


Mr. Myers has positive views on public questions, and he has always exercised the right to express them.


“I have observed several instances where business men who were free spoken were warned to keep still, or their business would suffer.” he said.


"But they did not .lose business.   They prospered.  Let no man fear to express, his honest opinions. 


One of the glories of my life is that so many of the reforms I advocated in early years have been partly or completely triumphant.”


Abolition Teachings Adopted Early


Born on a farm in Wayne County, Indiana, July 15, 1830, the son of Colonel Andrew Myers, he was taken by the family migration to Mercer County, Illinois, six years later, and there grew to manhood, attending Knox College at Galesburg: for two years.


He early adopted abolition teachings and in 1853 took editorial charge of the Golden Age at New Boston, Illinois, a town on the Mississippi River surveyed and platted by Abraham Lincoln.


While conducting this paper he was threatened with hanging because of his anti slavery views.


In 1856 Mr. Myers was the only dele­gate from Mercer County to the historic Bloomington convention, preceding the nomination of Fremont for President, in which the great figures were:


Governor Yates

O. H. Browning

Abraham Lincoln

Owen Lovejoy


Consulship at Victoria Held


In 1861 he went to St. Louis and began work as a reporter on the Democrat, and among other assignments re ported the return of General Fremont when the latter was relieved from command in Southwest Missouri.


He was the only newspaper man present at the battle of Fredericktown, Missouri, on October 31, 1861.


Next he went to Cairo, Illinois, for the St. Louis Dispatch.


Returning to St, Louis because of his health Mr. Myers acted as financial and commercial editor of the Dispatch until the close of the war.


Then he went to Wapello, Iowa, to edit a newspaper of his own.


He was there 24 years.  He was made Consul at Victoria, B. C, and sold out his Iowa  interests.


Returning East from Victoria in 1895 Mr. Myers was badly injured in a railroad wreck.


In 1898 he came to Port­land, residing with his only son, Oak P. Myers.


His wife died nine years ago, after a married life of 52 years.


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