Marvin Elias Myers (born 1 January 1880, Dallas County, Texas, died 21 November 1952, Hopkins County, Texas) was born to Samuel Benjamin (born 6 March 1854, Dallas County, Texas, died 27 February 1922, Dallas County, Texas) and Orlena Tennessee (Ray) Myers (born 21 May 1859, Cherokee Indian Nation, died 2 August 1908, at Rose Hill in Dallas County, Texas). The Dallas Power & Light generating station at Lake Ray Hubbard is now located where the Myers house stood. Marvin ‘s mother, Orlena, was admitted to the Cherokee Indian Rolls on 7 September 1888 and Marvin was listed in 1894.
On 31 January 1903, Marvin married Ora Ethel Shipley, who was born 23 October 1886, Bradley County, Tennessee and died 16 March 1965, Hopkins County, Texas. She was the youngest of four children born to John Thomas (born 16 November 1858, Bradley County, Tennessee, died 2 August 1934, Dallas County, Texas) and Sarah Jane (Griffin) Shipley (born 16 June 1860, Bradley County, Tennessee, died 2 May 1925, Dallas County, Texas).
The other Shipley children were Louis Griffin, Alexander Martin and Myrtie Leona. Myrtie Leona married Marvin Elias Myers’ brother, Walter Pleasant Myers.
In 1904, Marvin and two of his brothers, John Samuel and Hiram, signed agreements to represent the J. R. Watkins Products Company. In 1905, they were assigned their territories and Marvin drew Hopkins County, Texas. It was a cold November day in 1905 when Marvin, his wife, Ora, and their small son stepped off of the train from Rose Hill to Sulphur Springs. However, the move proved to be a wise one as the family quickly set up shop and in no time at all had a very prosperous business. Marvin and Ora continued to sell products of various types, in Hopkins County, right up until the time of their deaths. Marvin was often referred to as “Doc” because most of his business consisted of over-the counter household remedies.
A total of ten children were born and they were:
• Marvin Culberson, born 20 February 1904, died 11 April 1990
• Delbert Glenn, born 20 September 1906, died 16 July 1952
• Hazel Nevada, born 9 February 1909, died 18 February 1909
• Cecil Earle, born 9 September 1910, died 24 September 1983
• Frances Josephine, bom 12 February 1914, died 11- 21-1983
• Howard Ray, born 22 June 1917, died 27 June 1964
• WIIbur Thomas, born 18 May 1920
• Sarah Lucille, born 26 June 1922
• Billy Barto, born 31 August 1925, died 19 April 1979
• Dorothy Jean, born 28 March 1929
Marvin, Ora, one daughter and five of their sons are buried at the city cemetery in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Another daughter, Frances, is buried at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
Wilbur Thomas Myers is the only one of the Myers children still living in Sulphur Springs. He enlisted in the United States Army on 4 December 1940 and served until 31 July 1962, when he retired with rank of CWO-2.
by: Wilbur Thomas Myers for Dallas County Pioneer Association‘s Proud Heritage, Volume II.
Photo: Marvin & Ora Myers wedding photo, Jan 31, 1903, Garland.