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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
John G. Myers

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[This information is from Vol. IV, p. 39 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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John G. Myers is making a splendid record in the office of sheriff of Schenectady county for the capable and fearless discharge of his duties. A worthy native son of this county, he was born on the site of the plant of the General Electric Company at Rotterdam, September 28, 1873, his parents being Garrett and Josephine S. (Bradt) Myers. His maternal ancestors, of Holland Dutch lineage, can be traced back through a number of generations. John Myers, the paternal grandfather of Mr. Myers of this review, was a native of Germany who arrived in Schenectady, New York, when a youth of eighteen years. As a raiser of broom corn and a broom manufacturer he gained a measure of prosperity which made him the wealthiest man in the city. He met a tragic death in 1868, being killed in a runaway accident. His son, Garrett Myers, who was active as a general contractor for many years, utilized forty teams of horses in the trucking business. The latter passed away in March, 1916. His wife survived him for five years, passing away on March 17, 1921.

John G. Myers obtained his education in the common and high schools of Schenectady and also pursued a course of study in the Spencer Business College. He then entered the accounting department of the General Electric Company, by which he was employed for eleven years, on the expiration of which period he turned his attention to the bottling business. A short time later, in 1908, he joined the city police department as a patrolman, subsequently was made a plain clothes man, and then for five years served as a traffic officer in front of the waiting room of the street railway company. He next spent three years under Judge Alexander, police judge, having charge of all police records during that period. Altogether he was connected with the police department for fifteen years. It was in November, 1923, that he was elected sheriff of Schenectady county for a term of three years and in the efficient discharge of the important work of this office is demonstrating the wisdom of his choice.

In March, 1915, Mr. Myers was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Heslin of Utica. Politically he is a republican, while his religious faith is that of the Dutch Reformed church. In Schenectady county, where his life has been spent, he enjoys an extensive acquaintance as a representative and esteemed citizen and trustworthy public official.

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