Rudolph Myers Life Sketch

(1833 - 1907)

Rudolf Myers was born on February 28, 1833, in Juniata County, Pennsylvania. Rudolph married Harriet Sausman Musser on November 29, 1855, in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. Rudolf Myers died on August 20, 1907, in Sabetha, Nemaha County, Kansas.


Rudolph Myers was born on February 28, 1833, in Juniata County, Pennsylvania, the 5th of 12 known children of David Myers and Elizabeth Holtzapfel. Rudolf grew up on his father’s farm in Juniata County, Pennsylvania, about 1 mile from McAlisterville. In addition to being a farmer, Rudolph’s father was a Reverend in the Evangelical Lutheran and German Reformed Church.

On November 29, 1855, Rudolf married Harriet Sausman Musser, daughter of John Martin Musser and Anna Sausman.

On April 29, 1856, Rudolph Myers “county of Juniata State of Pennsylvania” purchased 160 acres of land in Nora Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. Rudolph’s cousin William Henry Myers, son of Samuel Myers, moved to Jo Daviess County in 1853 which may have been the reason that Rudolph chose Nora. Rudolph’s land was across the street from William Myers. On the same day Rudolph, together with his older brother Enoch, purchased 80 acres adjacent to the northern half of Rudolph’s property. Enoch then purchased 80 acres adjacent to the southern half of Rudolph’s property. Between the 2 brothers, they owned 320 acres, the entire east half of section 16 in Nora Township.

Rudolph and Harriet moved to Jo Daviess County, Illinois, while Rudolph’s brother Enoch and his wife Nancy, moved to Ohio before arriving in Jo Daviess County around 1861. Enoch’s wife Nancy was Harriet’s sister.

In Jo Daviess County, Rudolph and Harriet had the following known children:

  1. Alfred Clinton Myers
  2. Minnie Minerva Myers
  3. Edward Lincoln Myers
  4. Cora Elizabeth Myers
  5. Jennie Wade Myers
  6. Samuel Withmar Myers
  7. Margaret May Myers

Daughter Jennie did not survive more than a year and was buried in Jo Daviess County.

On January 13, 1868, Rudolph sold 80 acres of the southern half of his farm to his brother Enoch. On January 15, 1868, he sold the northern 80 acres to Lewis Woody. Rudolph then purchased 160 acres located on the southwest corner of section 16, adjacent on the west side to the farm that his brother Enoch initially purchased in 1856.

On July 16, 1874, Rudolph purchased a tract of land in Franklin County, Iowa, 80 acres south of the town of Hampton. The family does not appear to have moved to Iowa until later, around 1878.

On August 11, 1874, Rudolph and Harriet sold 1 acre of their Jo Daviess County farm to the German Baptist Church so a meeting house could be built. A 32 by 40 foot structure was erected immediately. The acre of land was located where today’s N. Tiger Whip Road intersects with E. Chelsea Road, the northeast corner. The German Baptist Church met in homes and school houses prior to building their church on the corner of Rudolph’s property.

In 1878 daughter Minnie married Josiah Kepner, son of Benjamin Kepner, their neighbor across the street. Benjamin Kepner was a preacher in the German Baptist Church.

Around 1878 the family moved to Franklin County, Iowa, Minnie remained in Illinois with her husband.

In October of 1887 daughter Cora married William F. Bullis. William was a neighbor of the Myers in Iowa and had been for many years. Interestly, the wedding took place in Cherry County, Nebraska, about 400 miles west of Franklin County, Iowa. Maybe Cora had a contract to teach school in Cherry County and William followed her there?

Between 1887 and 1890, the Myers moved from their farm to the town of Hampton. During this same time son Alfred, known as Clinton, who was a ranch hand on Rudolph’s farm, moved to Bishop, California. On May 19, 1890, it was reported in the Bishop newspaper that “Clinton A. Myers, aged 30 years, committed suicide here by taking strychnine yesterday morning. He was a popular young man of steady habits. The cause was disappointment in love.”

Rudolph and Harriet remained in Hampton until 1893 and Samuel and Margaret were grown, then moved to Sabetha, Kansas, where daughter Minnie’s family had moved. Rudolph and Minnie’s husband Josiah purchased a furniture and undertaking business together. Son Edward, 33 years old, stayed behind in Hampton. Son Samuel was studying to become a professor and daughter Margaret had taken a contract to teach school in South Dakota.

Weeks after their arrival in Sabetha, tragedy struck again. Rudolph and Harriet received the news of son Edward’s “self-murder” in Hampton, Iowa. Edward shot himself in the head following a marriage refusal.

After Edward’s death, daughter Margaret returned home to visit her parents. She stayed in Sabetha where she taught school and met Robert Bressem, whom she wed in 1894 in the home of her parents. Rudolph sold Robert Bressem a piece of his property before the marriage and Robert built a house right next to Rudolph and Harriet’s house.

In August of 1894 Rudolph’s niece Alice Muthersbough, daughter of his sister Elizabeth, visited Rudolph and Harriet for several weeks. The following August, two of Rudolph’s sisters visited from Pennsylvania, his older sister Jane McAllister and his youngest sister Jane Fisher.

Son Samuel, or Professor Myers as he was referred to in the Sabetha Herald, routinely visited his parents during summer breaks.

In late May of 1897, Rudolph traveled back to Jo Daviess, Illinois, for several weeks where his brother Enoch was extremely ill. Enoch died on June 17th.

By 1902 Rudolph and Harriet had 4 Bressem grandchildren next door and 2 Kepner grandchildren a few doors further. Rudolph retired and daughter Margaret took care of her parents as they aged.

In the summer of 1907, son Samuel visited his parents from California, where he had moved, and then returned to California before August.

On August 20, 1907, Rudolph Myers died in his home in Sabetha, Kansas, at the age of 74. He died of dropsy and Bright’s disease, diseases with which he had been struggling with for a while.

Rudolf Myers was buried in Sabetha Cemetery.

Genealogical Research and Life Sketch Completed: July 2022


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