John H. Myers
John H. Myers was born in Buffalo in 1849, son of John H. and Louisa (Erbe) Myers, who raised a family of eight children. The father was a carpenter and joiner by trade and at one time was employed as foreman at the Evans Elevator.
After completing his schooling, Mr. Myers learned his trade with George W. Tifft & Sons, at the Buffalo Steam Engine Works, and he was later employed in various machine shops, among which were Sutton Brothers; the King Iron Works; the Vulcan Iron Works; Cummer & Company; the shops of the Lake Shore railway; the Merchant's Foundry, at Cleveland, and Beatty & Sons' shop at Chicago. He also worked for the American Gluicose Company and the Geneva Sugar Works at Geneva, Ill. Mr. Myers began sailing the lakes in the spring of 1881 as oiler on the steamer Russia, of the Commercial line, and the following year, having obtained his license papers, he was in second engineer's berth in the John C. Gault. During 1883-84-85 he engaged in the milk business in Buffalo, and in 1886 he returned to the lakes, serving that season as second engineer of the Phila- delphia and Gordon Campbell, respectively, subsequently, until 1892, he was chief engineer of the D.J. Foley, Livingston and Sitka, and during the succeeding four years remained ashore, working in the King Iron Works. He made one trip during the season of 1896 as chief engineer of the steamer Topeka, finishing that year in the King Iron Works, and in the winter of 1896-97 he was in the employ of the Queen City Metal Works on Elk street.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.