[This transcription is from notes made during a conversation
between Ed (Claude Edmond) Myers and Glenn Peters.]
The War Between the States was over. Ulysses S. Grant was the
president of the United States. Alaska had recently been sold to
the U.S. by Russia, and the transcontinetal railroad had just been
completed. The move West was in full swing. Post war United States
was on the rebound.
During the late 1870's, John Myers and his wife, Mary Jane, son
Charles, and dauther Minnie, packed up and moved to Oklahoma Territory
to start a new life in the wild frontier. They brought with them
three hundred head of branded cattle from their farm in Bollinger
They settled about five miles east and a quarter mile south of
Wann, Oklahoma, and leased 160 acres of Indian land in both John's
and Charles's names. They relocated to a farm one-half mile south
of the old Antioch school house, and farmed there for five years.
Another move took them three miles north, where they lived for six
In 1903, John (in partnership with Charles) opened a butcher shop
in Wann. After two years, this shop was discontinued and a furniture
store was opened in its place.
John was locally known as a carpenter, butcher, horse doctor,
meat cutter, farmer and cattleman.
In January of 1908, the year after Oklahoma became a state, John
Myers died. His estate was equally divided between Mary Jane, Charles,
Charles bought the furniture store. At first, it was open mostly
on Saturdays, so he could devote more time to the sale of horses,
mules and cattle. Eventually, though, he expanded into a larger
building, needing the additional space for caskets shipped from
Kansas City and Atchinson. The store began operating six days a
Early in 1910, Harley Myers sold 80 acres of land and bought a
third of the store. Marion Warner became the third partner, also
buying a third.
In 1915, Harley sold his interest in the store to Charles, and
in 1920 Marion Warner did the same. Charles continued to operate
it until his death on January 10, 1934.
Ed Myers was named administrator of his estate and kept the store
open evenings to sell its contents. This arrangement was continued
until February, 1935, when an auction was held to dispose of the
remainder of the estate.
NOTE: The sales ledger for this business (initially named the
Wann Hardware and later the Warner-Myers Hardware) with entries
from 1919 through 1933, was found in an old trunk belonging to the
Ed Myers estate.
Contributed by: Emmett