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Benton County Times; April 20, 1905
Albertina Meyer

Mrs. Albertina Meyer died last week at the home of her son, in Benton Township. She was an old settler and a noble woman and mother. Her maiden name was Hanser and she was born in Baden, Germany more than seventy years ago. Her early home was in Ohio, where she was married Conrad Meyer in 1837. They settled in Benton County in 1868. The funeral services were held in Mt. Pleasant Church and the burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church.

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Vinton Eagle; October 18, 1889

Conrad Meyer

Died - Meyer. Conrad Meyer was born in Freldburg, Baden, Germany, November 23, 1828. Died at his home in Benton County, Iowa October 11, 1889, aged 61 years, 10 months, 18 days. The funeral services were held on Sunday morning in the Mt. Pleasant U.B. Church, conducted by Rev. N.A. Merabon, Shellsburg,

{Submitter comment: Name listed Meyers in the obituary of daughter of Della Sanders.}

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Blairstown Press; July 4, 1919
Ernest Meyer Electrocuted
Ernest Peter Meyer

Tragic Death of Young Farmer Leaving Wife and Three Little Children

One of the saddest accidents of recent years occurred Friday on the Lincoln Highway northwest of here when Ernest Meyer was electrocuted by the high line of the Iowa Railway and Light Co., coming in contact with the telephone wire in that locality.

On Friday morning the neighborhood was annoyed by the incessant ringing of their telephones and even sparks emitting from some of them began to disconnect the phones from the wire. Mr Meyer did not seem to understand the cause, went outside to disconnect his wire and reached up to pull the wire down. His hired man was with him and had just turned away when he heard the thud of the body as it fell to the ground. It was at first thot he had a stroke of some kind, till it was discovered his hand was badly burned. Life was extinct when the man reached his side.

Mr. Meyers was 35 years old, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Meyer and leaves a wife and three small children, the oldest about seven years off age. Deceased had just returned from the depot at Luzerne where he had been to see his wife off on the train for Davenport where she was going to consult a specialist. Telephone messages reached her at Cedar Rapids and she turned back to the home she had just left with no thought of the sad home coming. The wire which did the damage was crossed with the telephone wire two miles north of the Meyer home. It is also reported a number of others received severe shocks and one manís arm was burned in coming in contact with the evespout on his residence.

The Iowa Railway and Light Co. should be compelled to protect people from such occurrences along their route.

{Submitter comment: not related}

Submitted on 11-Jan-2022 by
John Shuck,

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Waterloo Daily Courier; Friday, October 6, 1950

Laura Ann Meyer

Vinton ó Mrs. Fred Meyer, 77, who lived nearly all her life in Benton county near Vinton, Thursday in Vinton hospital after illness of one year; born Sept. 18, 1873, in Ohio; came to this community with parents when a girl; maiden name was Laura Ann Maynard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Maynard; married in 1891, to Fred Meyer who died in 1942; couple lived on same farm in Benton township over 50 years; came to Vinton seven years ago; leaves two sons, Ethel and Gerald, both of Vinton; two grandchildren, two brothers, Spencer Maynard, Vinton; Walter Maynard, Cedar Rapids; member of Christian church here; funeral, Saturday at 2 p. m. in Fry-Holland funeral home here; burial in Evergreen cemetery.

{Submitter comment: Not related}
Submitted on Feb 5, 2006 by
John Shuck,

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Nancy Meyer

Nancy Meyer, 89, oldest resident of Newhall, will be buried at Raetz cemetery near Atkins, Sunday following services at two o'clock in the Centeral Presbyterian Church here. Dwight Krumboltz will officiate. Mrs. Meyer died in the Vinton hospital Friday morning. She was born March 8, 1872 and married James J. Meyer, Nov 29, 1899.

She was a member of Central Presbyterian Church and a charter member of the Ladies and Society. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Sophia Blocher of Bakersville, CA and Mrs Pharo Freeman of Newhall. Two sisters Margaret Erland of Cedar Rapids and Hattie Hertle of Milaca, MN., four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband April 27, 1934 and an infant son Oct 14, 1906.

Submitted on 08-Aug-2009 by
Brian Erland,

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William Meyer
Vinton Eagle & Cedar Valley Times; October 15, 1915, October 20,
DROWNED IN FOOT OF WATER Lifeless Body of Will Meyer, a Farmer Living Six Miles Southwest of Town, Was Found Wednesday Night in Ditch Over on the Flats.

Lying on his face with only the back of his head, one hand and his feet showing above the water, the lifeless body of Will Meyer, a farmer from six miles southeast of town, was found Wednesday night in a ditch a block south of the Frank Lyons home in south Vinton about 11:30 o'clock by Policeman Smetzer, Clel Cantonwine and Henry Maxfield, after search extending over a period of several hours. The body was cold in death and it was evident he had been dead some time.

Had Started Home.

Mr. and Mrs. Meyer had been in town to do some trading and had left their team at the Murray hitch barn. Toward evening Mrs. Meyer had gone to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Maxfield living on South Taylor Street. About 7 o'clock Meyer got his team, drove to the Farmer's grocery and loaded up his parcels and then started to get his wife.

Mrs Meyer waited until near 8 o'clock for her husband to come after her and as he failed to appear she commenced to get worried and told her mother she was afraid something had happened to Mr. Meyer, as he had promised to be there shortly after she left him. At one time she says she heard a team and wagon coming and put her wraps on thinking it was her husband. She probably heard the horses running away on the street just south of her parent's home.

Runaway Horses Caught.

It was shortly after this that a neighbor came in and told her that her husband's team had run away and had been caught at the south gate of the cemetery by Ed Means but that no one was in the wagon and no trace of Mr. Meyer could be found.

Thinking that the team had gotten away from him down town while loading his groceries. Mrs. Meyer called the Farmers store but was told that her husband had been gone some time. She then came down to the tabernacle and got her father who was attending the reunion and a brother and they together with Sherman Richart, Clark Fry, Policeman Smetzer, Clel Cantonwine and other neighbors searched the entire distace between down town and where the team was found but it was not until 11:30 o'clock that the unfortunate man was found one block south of Frank Lyons.

Either Mr. Meyer was stunned from the fall when thrown from the wagon when the horses started to run away or he was taken sick and fell from the wagon in an unconscious condition and the horses became frightened and ran away. There was no sign of a struggle or of his having made any attempt to get out of the water, which was about a foot deep.

Born In Ohio.

Mr. Meyer was 61 years of age. He was born at Norfolk, Ohio, March 25, 1854, and was of German parentage, his parents having emigrated to this country in an early day. He came to this county many years ago and for the past twenty-five years had lived on the farm southeast of town. On the fourth day of June, 1903, he was united in marriage to Miss Erna May Maxfield of this city, the marriage taking place at the Christian church. Two children were born to this union. George twelve years old and Lydia Belle aged seven years. These with the wife survive. Other relatives surviving are three brothers, Chas and Fred Meyer, farmers of this vicinity and John Meyer of Osakis, Minn, and one sister, Mrs. Lydia Brakeman of Waverly, Oregon. Mrs. Brakeman will not come to the funeral but the brother in Minnesota is expected.

The funeral will be held from the Mount Pleasant U. B. church southeast of here Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Mr. Meyer was reared in the Catholic faith but of late years had not belonged to any church. The interment will be in the cemetery at the church. The entire community extends sympathy to the wife and children at this time of sorrow.
Cedar Valley Times; October 20,

Funeral services over the remains of the late Wm. Meyer, who was accidently killed in this city Wednesday night, were held from the Mt. Pleasant church southeast of this city Sunday Afternoon. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends. Interment was made in the cemetery at the church. Among the surviving relatives are the wife and two children, George 10 years, and Lydia Belle seven years old, three brothers, Charles and Fred Meyer living on farms in this vicinity and John Meyer of Osakis, Minn. and two sisters, Mrs Lydia Brakeman of Waverly, Oregon, and Mrs. Emma Bort of Cedar Rapids. The funeral was conducted by Rev. W.Rogers of this city. The brother, John Meyer living in Minnesota was unable to come to the funeral.

{Submitter comment: Two obituaries. Death records information parents are Conrad and Albertina Hanser Meyer}

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