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MYERS, Dorrance Dixon

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Dorrance D. Myers. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding.

MYERS, Dorrance Dixon. (Dubuque Co, IA, Nov. 6, 1841--Apr. 16, 1917). In January, 1860, Myers came to Dubuque and was a clerk in the Treasurer's office under William G. STEWART. He remained in this job until 1863. In that year he accepted a position in the master mechanic's office of the DUBUQUE AND SIOUX CITY RAILROAD, where he was employed until March, 1867. In April he began in business on his own as a manufacturer of fine cut, chewing and smoking tobacco, as a member of the firm of ARMINGTON, MYERS & CO. In 1867 Myers established and served as president of the Dubuque Tobacco Works, reorganized in 1870 as the MYERS-COX COMPANY, a wholesale tobacco business at 322 Main Street.

Myers served as trustee of the MOUNT OLIVET CEMETERY Association and director of the KEY CITY GAS COMPANY and the Julien House Hotel Company. He was president of the board of education, chairperson of the Dubuque County Democratic Central Committee. In 1890 Myers, who had served as cashier and vice-president, became the president of the DUBUQUE NATIONAL BANK succeeding Benjamin Billings RICHARDS. (1) Myers was stockholder and director of the Cascade Bank of Cascade, Iowa; a director of the German State Bank of Dyersville, Iowa and of the State Bank of Onawa, Iowa; and a stockholder in the Sheldon Bank of Sheldon, Iowa. He was one of the promoters and directors of the DUBUQUE HIGH BRIDGE and for two years served as president of the bridge company. He is also a director of the DUBUQUE HARNESS AND SADDLERY COMPANY, DUBUQUE FIRE AND MARINE INSURANCE COMPANY, and the NUTWOOD DRIVING CLUB.



1. "Municipal Molecules," Dubuque Daily Herald, January 11, 1891, p. 4

"Butchers, Bankers, and Cabinet Makers," Booklet accompanying the exhibit of artifacts by Robert Reding at the OLD JAIL 2007-2010

Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Goodspeed Historical Association, 1911, p. 602

Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company, 1894, p. 237