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Theodore L. Meyer

Theodore L. Meyer was born November 20, 1875, and the place of his nativity was the finely improved farm which he now owns and operates, in Garnavillo township. He is a son of Carl and Eliza (Peterson) Meyer, who were pioneer settlers in this township, and both of whom were born in Germany, though their marriage was solemnized in America. Carl Meyer came to this country as a young man and soon numbered himself among the pioneers of Clayton county, where he married Miss Eliza Peterson and where both passed the remainder of their lives, industrious, upright and earnest folk who achieved substantial success through the medium of agricultural enterprise and who commanded the high regard of all who knew them. The devoted wife and mother was summoned to enternal rest on the 10th of July, 1910, and the father passed March 25, 1913, both having lived consistently with the religious faith which they zealously professed, as communicants of the German Lutheran church. Of their thirteen children all are living except one, and of the family further mention is made in other articles appearing in this publication.

Theodore L. Meyer was reared and educated in Garnavillo township, and there he continued to assist his father in the work and general management of the old homestead until he had arrived at his legal majority, when he initiated his independent career as a farmer by renting the old homestead, upon which he continued operations under these conditions for several years. In 1911 he purchased the property, comprising two hundred and two and one-half acres, in Section 12, Garnavillo township, and in Section 17 of the same township he is the owner of sixty acres of valuable timberland. He is one of the broad-gauged, vigorous and successful agriculurists and stockgrowers of the county, is a Democrat in his political allegiance, is serving as school director, and he and his wife hold membership in the Lutheran church.

On the 5th of May, 1909, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Meyer to Eliza M. Meyer, who was born and reared in this county and who is a daughter of Louis and Elizabeth (Moellering) Meyer, who are sterling pioneer citizens of this county and both of whom were born in Germany. Louis Meyer came to American in 1854 and became one of the pioneer farmers of Farmersburg township, where he accumulated eventually a large and valuable landed estate. He was long numbered among the aggressive and representative exponents of farm industry in this section of Iowa and is now living retired on the old home place, both he and his wife being devout communicants of the German Lutheran church. Of their children, Louis E. is a prosperous farmer in Clayton township; Margaret is deceased; Wilhelmina is the wife of Herman D. Kruegel, of Garnavillo township; Mary is deceased; Henry L., is now a resident of Plymouth county, this state; John H. is individually mentioned elsewhere in this volume; and Eliza M., wife of the subject of this sketch, is the youngest of the number.

Mr. and Mrs. Theordore L. Meyer are the parents of two children- Myrene E.M., who was born April 22, 1911; and Gerald L.F., who was born June 30, 1913.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 274-275
-transcribed by Mary Cameron


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