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The Gus Myers Journal and the Myers Family Connections:
In 2006, the Myerson family began to attempt to finally settle some of the property from Gus Myers' (aka George Myerson, Sr.) great grandson, George Myerson II's estate. Gus Myers II had guarded a collection that he had inherited from his great grandfather August Myers (Aka George Myerson, Sr.) and his father, George Myerson, Jr. The collection was contained in several sealed crates that had been in storage for some 70 years. This collection was willed to George II's daughter who was seriously ill prior to 2007. Consequently, her brother, George Myerson III agreed to open the crates and find out what was in them and supervise the sale of their contents for the benefit of his sister and her only daughter, Amber Myerson Smyth. George Myers III had no ownership in this collection as he had been willed another collection of Civil War artifacts and antiques. Although George Myers II had worked to protect this collection he left his daughter, neither she, nor her daughter, or brother knew anything about it until they began opening the crates in 2007.
George Myerson III and his niece handled the translating of the journal and the matching of each entry to the numbered images. The following description was sent to me by his niece concerning her part in the translation. She is a college student and fluent in German, now studying abroad.
"The journal pages were wrinkled, warped, and brittle from moisture and time. They had black mold, worm holes, and smelled like a 'Dead cat'. In order for me to read them, the pages were crushed flat between 2 pieces of Plexiglas. The pages turned into tiny pieces of confetti when released from the Plexiglas (thank GOD we live in a digital world! EAC). I translated each page from German to English and forwarded the translations to my Uncle George. All pages that contained information about the image collection or artifacts were destroyed out of necessity to get the information on the page. Uncle George told me to get everything I could from each page and throw away the rest. My Uncle George was the one who had held the images and arranged for the images to be sold on behalf of my mother and myself. I only had loose pages and I finished all of them by March, 2009. I have no idea where any of the rest of the journal is or whether it even exists but the collection pages no longer exist at this point."
Some journal entries make it clear that Gus Myers(Aka George Myerson, Sr.) originally collected the images as duplicates taken by his father-in-law, Elias Baldwin and his wife Prudence Baldwin Myers (Myerson) during and after the Civil War. Most tintype images were taken on sheets of 4 to 6 duplicate images leaving some extras if the sitter did not want them all. Gus, Prudence, and their son, George Jr., collected the images together and originally inventoried them. George Jr., because of his father, became an avid collector himself and added some of the images as they traveled to meet other former Quantrill guerrillas at various reunions. Many of the images were simply given to them by other guerrillas (including William Gregg and Frank and Jesse James) in order that they be remembered and the history preserved. George Jr. also collected several Non-guerrilla images of famous and infamous men he read about in the local newspapers at the time. He had quite good luck as he was living when the events were unfolding (he was born in 1868 and died in 1938) and was always ready to travel anywhere to acquire images he was interested in taken by other photographers at the time, some of which had kept duplicates themselves.
The entire information contained in Gus' biography and the ID's of the hundreds of images are contained in hundreds of e-mails, preserved via computer storage, over the years. George Myerson III and his sister are now, regretfully, deceased, leaving only George III's niece as sole owner of what is left and being purchased. The Cantey/Myers collection extends its deep appreciation to and thanks to these three fine people. God Bless.
Amber Myerson Smyth, Gus Myers' GGG Granddaughter added the following signed and dated formal statement for the documentation:
" My GGG Grandfather was August (Gus) Myers(known to me as George Myerson, Sr. Until translating the journal). During the American Civil War, he was a Missouri Quantrill guerrilla serving under Colonel James Brewer and Captain George Todd.
My GGG Grandfather was August (Gus) Myers(known to me as George Myerson, Sr. Until translating the journal). During the American Civil War, he was a Missouri Quantrill guerrilla serving under Colonel James Brewer and Captain George Todd.
After the death of Captain Todd, Gus Myers was given Todd's saddle bags, personal property, and guns to preserve and appointed the official archivist of the Missouri guerrillas. During his lifetime, he amassed a large collection of artifacts, images, personal items, and firearms that belonged to the Missouri guerrillas. His father-in-law (my GGGG Grandfather) was E. A. Baldwin who was the photographer of choice of the Missouri guerrillas and the Union soldiers alike in Missouri. He was a traveling photographer with his own photography wagon/saloon. His daughter, my GGG Grandmother was, consequently, an accomplished photographer in her own right.
All of my knowledge about Gus Myers and E. A. Baldwin comes from my Uncle George Myerson III ( Gus Myers' GG Grandson), Gus Myers' family and collection journals that I translated from German to English , documents my Uncle possessed, and family stories I heard as a child.
signed: Amber Smyth
Emory A. Cantey, Jr./August Myers Collection
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