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Meder, Henry 1834-1923


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 7/7/2013 at 20:16:59

Elkader Register, Thur., 24 May 1923.

Henrry Meder, one of the early pioneers of Clayton County, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Aug. Behrens, near Strawberry Point, last Friday May 18, at the advanced age of 89 years, 3 months and 28 days. Mr. Meder came here about four years ago and made his home here with his son, Charles and family, where he was tenderly cared for. Last fall he went to the home of his daughter where he spent the remainder of his days.

Mr. Meder was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, Jan. 20, 1834. In the schools of his native country he received his early education and when a youth of nineteen years, he with his mother and three other children came to the United States. They arrived in the city of Chicago on July 4, 1853, and from there came to Guttenberg, Iowa.

A few years later Mr. Meder in company with two other parties purchased two hundred acres of land in Cox Creek township, this tract including the site of the present village of Mederville. Here they erected a grist mill and later Mr. Meder purchased the interests of the other two and associated his sons with him in the operation of the mill.

To Mr. Meder is due the development and upbuilding of the village of Mederville that bears his name, he donated to the village four acres of land for its present cemetery, a half acre of land as a site for the present public school building, and about four acres to the railroad company for the freight and passenger station.

When a young man Mr. Meder was united in marriage with Miss Dorothy Brookman, who preceded him in death on June 10, 1904. To this union twelve children were born, four of the children preceding the father and mother in death.

Mr. Meder was a public spirited citizen and took an active part in community and county affairs. He served as township trustee of Cox Creek township for a number of years and was a member of the Board of Supervisors of Clayton County for six years.

He is survived by eight children: Barney of Tuttle, Oklahoma; Emma, the wife of John Nugent, Merrille, Wisconsin; Lena, married to Aug. Behrens, near Strawberry Point; Clara, Mrs. Herman Dittmer, of Cox Creek township; Albert, Charles, Rosa, Mrs. M. M. Marshall and Ida, the widow of the late John Dinan of Elkader.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, May 20th, from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Aug. Behrens, with interment in the Mederville cemetery, Rev. Fritschel of Strawberry Point officiating. The funeral was largely attended as a token in the high esteem he was held by his fellow citizens.

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Postville Herald, 31 May 1923.

Henry Meder, for many years a prominent and influential citizen of Clayton county, died May 18th, aged 89 years.

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