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Forty years of business activity and action have made Isaac S. Myers one of the leading merchants and bankers of the city, though in recent years his close attention to movements and enterprises of a civic nature, together with social welfare, have made him even better known to the general public than his business interests.

He was born on a farm in Green Township of Summit County, Ohio, September 27, 1862, son of Peter and Mary (Stump) Myers. Both the Stump and Myers families came form Pennsylvania to Ohio in pioneer days. The maternal grandfather was John Stump, who located in Summit County in 1832, while the paternal grandfather Myers on coming to Ohio settled in Stark County, just across the line from Summit County. Peter Myers was born in Pennsylvania, in 1824, and spent his long and useful life as a farmer, dying in 1908. His wife died in 1910.

Isaac S. Myers was reared on a farm, attended public schools, and at the age of seventeen began teaching, a work to which he devoted about seven years. After two years of efforts at proving up a Kansas homestead he located at Akron, in 1883, his business career beginning as clerk in a clothing store. In 1893 he became a member of the firm Myers, Ganyard & Stump, clothing merchants. A year later the firm became Ganyard & Myers, and in 1900 Mr. Myers became sole proprietor of the business, incorporating the I.S. Myers Company, of which he has since been president and general manager. This is one of the leading clothing stores in Northern Ohio. From merchandising he has extended his interests into many fields of commercial endeavor. He organized in 1908 and has since been president of the Myers-Hoffman Company, builders and manufacturers of artificial stone. He was one of the organizers and has since 1909 been treasurer of the Citizens Loan & Savings Company of Akron, is a director of the Ohio State Bank, and president of the Real Estate Mortgage Company, and is president of the board of directors of the Central Garage, the largest garage in the United States, located at Akron. Since 1910 much of his time has been devoted to real estate. His operations in real estate are entirely in handling his own property. Individually and as a partner he has put on the market twenty-one allotments, best known among which are the fine residence sections known as first, second and third North Hill and Portage Heights. He has served as a director of the Ohio State Retail Merchants' Association.

One avenue of his active career has been the cultivation of high ideals of sportsmanship and the preservation of the natural game resources of the state and United States. He organized and in 1922-1923 served as president and is now honorary president for life of the Ohio League of Sportsmen. He is a director and former president of the Portage Fish and Game Association of Akron, and is a member of the advisory board to the United States Secretary of agriculture in enforcing the migratory bird law. For six years, 1917-1923, he was a member of the State Board of Agriculture and chairman of the Fish and Game Committee. he holds membership in a number of fish and game organizations.

During the World war he was mayor of Akron, and he enlisted himself, his office and all his personal resources for the war, being active in every local patriotic campaign. His work attracted such attention that he was awarded an honorary certificate of membership by the American Patriotic Society of New York. He is also a honorary member of the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' League. He was one of the organizers of the Boy Scouts at Akron, and also helped organize the Girl Scouts, his distinguished and disinterested service to that organization bringing him a "Thanks" badge, presented by the Girl Scouts, the only honor emblem of its kind in Akron. Mr. Myers is a member of Nemo Lodge No. 746, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Akron Lodge No. 363, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Akron City Club; Akron Civitan Club, Chamber of commerce and other organizations.

He married Miss Mary Sisler, daughter of John Sisler, of Manchester, Ohio. Mrs. Myers is an active worker in the Church of the Disciples. They have one daughter, Ruth, now the wife of G.F. Lane, of Akron. There are two granddaughters, Mary and Martha Lane.

 

 

History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume III