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William A. Meyer

William A. Meyer. Northeastern Iowa has had much to gain and nothing to lose through the interposition of the very appreciable German element of citizenship, and the German contingent has been one of marked prominence and influence in this favored section of the Hawkeye State since the early pioneer days.

He whose name initiates this paragraph was born in the kingdom of Hanover Germany and was about fourteen years of age at the time of the family immigration to America. The date of his nativity was October 20, 1857, and he is a son of Conrad and Hannah (Schroeder) Meyer who were born and reared in Hanover and who there continued their residence until 1871, when they came to the United States and established their home in Clayton county, Iowa, and later moved to Fayette county, which was the residence of him and his devoted wife until they were summoned from the stage of life's mortal endeavors, sterling folk who had full appreciation of the relative values in the scheme of human life and who marked the passing years with earnest and productive effort, the while they justly commanded the unqualified esteem of those with whom they came in contact. Of their children the eldest is Louisa, who is the wife of William Meyer, of Postville; Minnie is the wife of Henry Klamp, of Algona, Kossuth county; William A., of this review was the next in order of birth; and Carl is a prosperous farmer near Postville.

He to whom this sketch is dedicated gained his early education in his native land and, as before noted was about fourteen years old at the time of accompanying his parents to America. He came to Clayton county and obtained employment on a farm near Garnavillo. Thereafter he passed twelve years as an efficient and valued employe on the farm of John Hartwick, of Giard township, and in the meanwhile he practiced the economy born of ambitious purpose and good judgment, with the result that he was fortified in a financial way when he finally purchased a farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Giard township. His energy and progressive policies brought to him cumulative success and he has added to his landed estate until he now has three hundred and eighty acres, the same constituting one of the well improved and essentially model farms of Clayton county. He has made excellent improvements on the place, including the erection of a commodious and attractive house and other good buildings of modern type and facilities, and he is known as one of the wide awake, energetic and enterprising farmers and stock growers of this section of the Hawk-eye State, besides which he enjoys the popularity that ever comes to the loyal and upright citizen whose achievement has been large and altogether worthy.

Though never agitated by office seeking ambition, Mr Meyer is a staunch supporter of the cause of the Republican party and always ready to give his co-operation in the furtherance of measures advanced for the general good of the community. Both he and his wife are zealous members of the German Methodist Episcopal church in their home community, and he has given to the same efficient service in the offices of trustee, class leader and superintendent of the Sunday school.

March 24, 1887, stands as the date on which was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Meyer to Miss Matilda Hartwick, daughter of John Hartwick, an honored pioneer of whom specific mention is made on other pages of this work. Mr. and Mrs. Meyer became the parents of five children, of whom the eldest, Otto, died at the age of eleven years. All of the other children remain at the parental home and their names are here entered in the respective order of birth: Gilbert, Clifton, Ewald, and Irvin.

~source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 275-276

~OCR scanned by S. Ferrall


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