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William C. Meyer

W.C. Meyer and wife


William C. Meyer. It is specially gratifying to note that in Clayton county are to be found many representative citizens who claim the county as the place of their nativity, who are scions of sterling pioneer families and who have here found the best of opportunities for personal achievement and the winning of worthy success in connection with industrial, business and professional activities. Such a citizen is William C. Meyer, who now conducts a substantial and prosperous business in the handling of agricultural implements and machinery in the thriving little city of Garnavillo, and who is one of the loyal and public-spirited men of his native county, with such secure hold upon popular confidence and esteem that he has been called upon to serve as a member of the village council and also of the local board of education.

Mr. Meyer was born on a farm in Farmersburg township, this county, on the 8th of April, 1860 and is a son of Louis H. and Annie (Werges) Meyer, both natives of Germany. Louis H. Meyer was born and reared in Germany and as a young man, in 1847, he immigrated to the United States and numbered himself among the pioneer settlers of Clayton county, Iowa. In Farmersburg township, as now constituted, he obtained a homestead claim of one hundred and sixty acres, and this he reclaimed and developed into one of the fine farms of the county, the same being eligibly situated in Section 17, and the homestead having continued to be his place of residence for sixty-five years. There he died on his eighty-fifth birthday anniversary, one of the well known and highly honored pioneer citizens of the county, and there his venerable widow still maintains her home, both having become in their youth devout communicants of the Lutheran church, in harmony with whose faith they ordered their lives as the years dropped into the abyss of time. Of their eleven children the first born was Charlotte, who is deceased, her death having occurred when an infant; Annie is the wife of Henry Benjegerdes, of Plymouth, Cerro Gordo county, this State; Minnie is the wife of John Splies, of Monona, Clayton county; William C. of this review, was the next in order of birth; Henry died when about 21 years of age; Mary is the wife of Frederick Zarbrok, of Manly, Worth county, Iowa; Frederick is a resident of Postville, Allamakee county; Louis resides at Manly; Maggie died in childhood; Charley resides on the old homestead; the tenth child, a daughter died at birth; and Elizabeth is the wife of Frederick Lucke, of Manly, Worth county.

William C. Meyer continued to be associated with the work and management of the old homestead farm until he had attained to the age of thirty-seven years, and his early education was gained in the excellent public schools of his native county. At the age noted he took unto himself a wife and initiated his specially successful career as a dealer in agricultural implements and machinery, in which line of enterprise he has been established at Garnavillo since 1897, with a substantial trade that extends throughout the wide area of fine farming country normally tributary to this village. He keeps his stock up to the best standard in all departments and has shown himshelf a reliable, conscientious and progressive business man, with the result that he has gained a high reputation and a secure place in the confidence and esteem of all who know him. Mr. Meyer gives unequivocal allegiance to the Republican party and has been zealous in the activities of the same in his native county. He is now a valued member of the village council of Garnavillo, besides which he is serving efficiently as a member of the board of education and as president of the board of trustees of the local Lutheran church, of which both he and his wife are zealous communicants.

On the 27th of December, 1897, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Meyer to Miss Emma Meyer, who likewise was born and reared in Clayton county and who is a daughter of the late D.H. Meyer, further mention of the family being made on other pages of this publication in the sketch dedicated to her brother William F. Meyer. Mr. and Mrs. Meyer have two children, Bessie Annie and Maude Elizabeth, both of whom remain at the parental home.

~source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 276-277

~OCR scanned by S. Ferrall


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