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William H. Meyer

William H. Meyer, who is numbered among the enterprising and progressive farmers of Crawford county, was born May 3. 1879, in Denison, Iowa.

His parents, August and Henrietta (Hardar) Meyer, are both natives of Germany, whence they emigrated to the United States in 1865. and located near Pontiac, Illinois, remaining there until 1874, in which year they came to Denison. Here the father engaged in the hotel business for seven years and then moved to his farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Jackson township, adding to his property from time to time until he now owns six hundred acres of highly improved land, upon which he followed farming and stock-raising.

In 1899 he returned to Lake View, Sac county, Iowa, and there purchased the comfortable and commodious home in which he now resides. During the winter season he spends his time either in California or Florida. To him and his wife were born thirteen children, of whom the following survive: Minnie, who married William Haller, of Lake View; Arthur, who resides in Guthrie county; Franz, a resident of Auburn, Iowa; Bertha, who became the wife of John Dorfler and lives in Soldier township; and William, of this review.

William H. Meyer obtained such education as was afforded by the common schools and during his youth acquired a rudimentary knowledge of agriculture upon the home farm. Subsequently he took possession of two hundred and eighty acres of his father's land, located on sections 7, 17 and 18, Jackson township, where he has since been successfully employed in tilling the soil.

On June 1, 1904, Mr. Meyer was united in marriage to Miss Lena Christiansen, a daughter of Anton and Wilhelmena (Prien) Christiansen, who now live in Dakota. Their other surviving children are as follows: Julius, who resides in Ricketts, Iowa; Marie, who married William Evers, of Wyoming; Albert, Bernard, Louis, John, Henry and Otto, who are residing in South Dakota. Two are deceased, Carl, and one who died in infancy.

Mr. and Mrs. Meyer are the parents of three children, namely: Julius, born January 6, 1905; Elmer, March 29, 1906; and Mabel, October 15, 1909.

In politics Mr. Meyer has always cast his vote for the republican party, while fraternally he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and in religion he is of the Lutheran faith. His life has been an upright one, actuated by honorable principles and worthy methods, and he enjoys the high esteem of his fellow citizens.

Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.