John Q. Myers, president of the State Bank of Holton, has been the executive head of this bank since its organization. The State Bank of Holton was organized in 1889, and on June 1st of that year opened its doors to the business public. The bank was organized with a capital stock of $50,000. The original organizers were R. G. Robinson, Case Broderick, William Friend, Henry F. Myers, John Stows, W. R. Fisher, G. D. Abel, Alexander Dunn and John Q. Myers. At the first meeting of the stockholders, John Q. Myers was elected president and Alexander Dunn, cashier, and these two gentlemen have occupied the same positions ever since. The bank began business in a small room on the north side of the Court House Square, and immediately began the erection of a bank building at the corner of Fourth and Park streets. They occupied this building until November, 1905, when it was destroyed by fire, and the following year the present modern bank building was erected on the site of the old structure. The offices are fitted out with up to date bank fixtures, and is a model of comfort and ocnvenience,[sic] for both the patrons and officers of the bank. The State Bank of Holton is one of the substantial financial institutions of northern Kansas and many of the best business men of Jackson county are interested in it. The bank has had a healthy and substantial growth since its organization. Its business has more than doubled since the first year. The first official statement, issued June 12, 1889, showed resources amounting to $241,207.91, with deposits of $163,763.25, and the statement issued December 4, 1913, showed that the resources were $465,586.85 and deposits of $376,845.07. John Q. Myers, whose name introduces this article, was born at Phillipi, Va. (now (West Virginia), June 25, 1845, and is a son of Martin and Sarah (Rowe) Myers, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Virginia. The father was a mechanic, and in 1857 came to Kansas and bought a claim in Jackson county, at a land sale held at Ozarkie, Kans., and returned to his Virginia home shortly after, and in 1864 John Q., then nineteen years old, came to Kansas to take charge of the land which his father had bought, and make some improvements before the family came to this State. He came as far at St. Joseph, Mo. by rail, and from there made his way to Jackson county as best he could. He proceeded to build a log hut, and started in farming and stock raising in a small way and taught school in the winter. In 1867 the other members of the family came to Kansas and joined John Q. in the pioneer home that he had prepared. He continued farming and school teaching until 1875, when he was elected registrar of deeds of Jackson county, holding this office until 1879, when he was elected county clerk for a term of four years. He then removed to southern Arkansas where he remained two years, when he returned to Holton, and about this time the State Bank of Holton was organized, as above set forth with which he has since been identified. Mr. Myers was married in December, 1873, to Miss Katherine Wilson, a native of Illinois, where she was reared and educated, and in 1869 came to Kansas with her parents. Her father J. M. Wilson was a mechanic in early life but after coming to Kansas followed farming and stockraising. To Mr. and Mrs. Myers have been born two children: Clarence, a farmer and stockman, Jackson county, and May. Mr. Myers is a close student of the problems of finance, and his long experience in the banking world entitles him to classification among the leading bankers of the State. He is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias.Pages 130-131 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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