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Fred W. Meyen

Land Owner, Real Estate & Banker

Manchester Township



      F. W. Meyen is quite an extensive landowner, as he realizes the many good points of real estate as an investment. He is also the president of the Farmers Security Bank of Dundee and owns all of the stock in that institution. The family home, however, is maintained at Manchester, where his children are attending school. He has born in Germany on the 5th of March, 1862, a son of Christopher and Fredericka (Sunbolt) Meyen, both natives of the fatherland. In 1872 the family removed to America and located in Clayton county, Iowa, upon a farm. Subsequently they came to Delaware county and both parents died here. To the union were born four children; F. W., of this review; Ida, the wife of William Klatt; Minnie, the wife of John Jennerjohn, a resident of this township; and Mary, now Mrs. Frank Morris and a resident of Minnesota.

      F. W. Meyen remained at home until he had attained his majority and then began farming and stock buying in this county.  He still devotes some of his time to these interests, although his duties as president of the Farmers Security Bank of Dundee demand much of his attention. In 1913 he organized this bank, which is a private institution, and is the owner of all of the stock and is rapidly gaining a place in the confidence of the people of the county.

      In 1912 he moved to Manchester in order to educate his children and the family still live there. Mr. Meyen owns a great deal of real estate, including one hundred and forty acres of land on sections 21 and 22, Richland township, four hundred and eighty acres in Wisconsin, three hundred and twenty in Minnesota, and twelve acres in the village of Dundee. He likewise owns the hotel and the bank building here. He is an excellent judge of realty values and all of his investments have proved profitable.

      Mr. Meyen was married in 1895 to Miss Christina Smith, who is a native of Clayton county, Iowa, and a daughter of Lawrence of Elizabeth (Brell) Smith, both natives of Pennsylvania. They came to Iowa at an early date and in this state the father passed away, but the mother is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Meyen are the parents of four children: Glen A., born December 10, 1896, now a high school student; Ralph D., born January 9, 1900; Esther, March 30, 1905; and Fred, August 12, 1912. The parents are members of the German Lutheran church.

     Mr. Meyen is a democrat in his politics and is now serving as a school director. Fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. He has attained a gratifying success in life, which is due to his consistency of purpose and his indefatigable energy.   



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 464-465. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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