David C. Myers was born to parents Paul and Verna Myers on December 7, 1928, in Smith Township, Mahoning County Ohio.Farm work came naturally to David, and at the young age of 13, he began taking the farm’s threshing machine to do custom threshing jobs at many neighboring farms. Each morning David and his sister Mary Jane, had to milk cows before walking nearly 2 miles to the one room schoolhouse in Beloit.
On April 12, 1951, David and Ruth Ann Shively married, and together they had four children; Clark, Kathy, Craig, and Brenda. David and Ruth lived on a farm on Western Reserve Rd. where he milked cows and grain farmed. Along with milking cows, as a teenager David began raising ponies. He started with just a few mares and a stud. He kept every female colt and only sold the stud colts each year. Soon, the pony herd exceeded 200.
David Myers became well known for his ponies and people from surrounding states would come to Mahoning County to purchase from him. David's ponies remain on the farm to this day, and their offspring are exhibited at the Canfield Fair each year.
Along with his ponies, beef, and hogs, David set out to increase crop production by purchasing larger tractors, one of the area’s first self-propelled combines with a cab, and on-farm grain storage.
David often hosted field days at the farm where he demonstrated the clearing of overgrown brush fencerows. Lime and fertilizer were added to non-productive ground turning it into high-producing crop ground. Systematic drain tiling became standard practice at the farms. As a result of the field days, these practices were adapted by farmers throughout the area.
David also volunteered his time by serving many years on the county 4-H livestock committee, He served 9 years on the Mahoning-Columbiana ASC committee 6 of those years he was chairman. He spent 8 years on the Western Reserve School Board, He served 15 years on the Board of the Farmers National Bank where his knowledge and agriculture background proved very helpful to the bank and the Ag. community. He also served on the Canfield Fair Board for 27 years. He's been a member of East Goshen Friends Church, the Smith Grange, The Berlin Ellsworth Ruritan, and the Sebring Masonic Lodge.
David has continued to work well into his 90's, still clearing trees, brush-hogging pastures, and improving the land. He still enjoys his ponies, and he can't wait to ride his gator out into the field to count how many new colts have arrived.