Fred N. Meyer
Fred N. Meyer, who since 1890 has lived upon his present farm
in Allamakee county, where he is numbered among the prominent and
representative agriculturists, was born in Germany in 1853. He is
a son of Fred and Hanna Meyer, both natives of Germany, where the
mother died in 1886. In the following year the father came to
America and settled in Allamakee county, Iowa, where the
remainder of his life was spent, his death occurring in 1908.
At the age of thirty Fred N. Meyer left Germany and crossed the Atlantic to America, settling in Allamakee county in 1883, and for two years thereafter he worked as a farm laborer, following this by three years connection with railroading. In 1888 he again turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, working in the employ of others for two years, after which he bought land of his own, the tract which he purchased constituting a portion of his present farm. It was raw and unimproved and he had to clear it of timber before beginning the work of cultivation. This, however, he has steadily carried forward through the years, and adding to his holdings as circumstances justified he owns today two hundred and twenty-two acres of the finest and best improved land in Iowa township. There are excellent buildings upon the property where Mr. Meyer carries on diversified farming, his stock-raising interest being an important source of income to him. He is a stock holder in the Farmers Bank of New Albin, the Farmers Produce Cooperative Company and the Farmers Telephone Company, and his business investments have always been made with discrimination and have therefore resulted profitably.
Mr. Meyer married in 1886 Miss Kate Krukenberg, who was born in Germany and who came to America in 1883. They have become the parents of seven children, Dora, George, Herman, Emma, Minnie, William and Laura, all at home. The family are members of the Lutheran church.
Mr. Meyer is a republican in his political beliefs and has always taken an active interest in public affairs, serving in various responsible official positions. He was elected township trustee in 1908 and is now in his third term and he is in addition secretary of the township school board. He is a progressive, reliable and enterprising citizen and is well known and favorably regarded in the community, to the agricultural development of which he has made substantial contributions in the past twenty-five years.
-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by
Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich
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