John H Mayer
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/10/2009 at 11:10:54
John H Mayer, The farming interests of Boone county are well represented by John H Mayer, who is interested in agricultural pursuits in garden township, his home being on Sec 16. He was born in Washington county, this state, February 22, 1863, his father, John Mayer, having become one of the early settlers of that locality. H removed to Iowa from Pennsylvania and in this state entered land from the government, carrying on the farm work in connection with his father. He improved an excellent farm and thus contributed to the general progress and development of this section of the state. His death occurred in Washington county, in 1874, and his wife, surviving him a quarter of a century, passed away in 1899.
John H Mayer was reared upon the old family homestead there and at the usual age entered the common schools where he acquired a good knowledge of eth common English branches of learning. After his fatherís death he remained with his mother and assisted her in carrying on the home farm until he sought a home of his own and to this end he was married on March 6, 1892, in Washington county, to Miss Isabelle Mason, a most estimable lady. She is a native of Illinois and a daughter of George Mason, who removed from that state to Washington county, Iowa, where he engaged in farming for a number of years, but at the present time he is living a retired life in Madrid. His wife was reared and educated n Illinois and was for several years engaged in teaching music there. Mr and Mrs Mayer began their domestic life in Washington county upon a farm which was their home for two years and in 1894 they came to Boone county, our subject purchasing his present farm on Sec 16, Garden township. There was an old house upon the place and a few improvements, but the farm bore little resemblance to the substantially developed property of the present day. Mr Mayer has erected a good residence and has divided his farm into fields of convenient size by well kept fences. He has also planted fruit trees, tilled his land and added all modern equipments. He has a flowing well upon the place and is engaged in the raising of good graded stock. He has some very high grade short horn cattle, a pure blooded bull and also some standard bred Clydesdale horses. He is regarded as one of the most successful stock raisers of eth county and is an excellent judge of stock, quickly recognizing the fine points of a domestic animal. His business has been carefully conducted and his enterprise and industry have succeeded in bringing to him success.
Called to public office by his fellow townsmen, Mr Mayer has served as supervisor of highways, yet political honors have never had any attraction for him as he has desired rather to give his undivided attention to his business. He as always been a Democrat, voting first for Cleveland in 1884, Mr and Mrs Mayer have one son, Glenn. They are highly esteemed people of the community, their home is noted for its gracious hospitality and their circle of friends is an extensive one.
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