MEYER, Arend 1843-1926
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Date: 3/29/2015 at 15:48:28
Arend Meyer Died Saturday
Pioneer Resident Succumbs to Week's Attack of the Flu
Arend Meyer died at his home in Wellsburg late Saturday afternoon. A week's attack of influenza was the immediate cause of his death. Sickness confined him to his home for about a month the latter part of the year. He had not fully regained his normal strength as a result of this recent illness and when he was stricken with the energy-draining flu ten days ago, his system was not strong enough to fight off this malady and death came to relieve him of his suffering. The news of Mr. Meyer's death came as a shock to his many friends throughout the county. It will be remembered that his wife after a short illness passed away on the 13th of last January.
Funeral services for Mr. Meyer were held on Wednesday. The services were at the house at one o'clock and later at the German Reformed church with Rev. Landsiedel in charge. Burial was made by the side of the new made grave of the wife and mother at the Drake church cemetery.
Mr. Meyer was born in Ostfriesland, Germany, and he would have been eighty-three years old on his next birthday. When a young man he came to this county and for a number of years he made his home at Freeport, Ill. There he met his future wife and on March 28th, 1873, they were married at German Valley, Ill. The late Rev. C. C. Steffen, D. D., performed the ceremony. In the spring of 1874 Mr. and Mrs. Meyer came to Grundy county and they made their home on a farm in Colfax township. They resided there until twenty-three years ago when they removed to Wellsburg where they spent their remaining days among their children, grandchildren and their many neighbors and friends.
Mr. Meyer held many important offices of trust during the half century which he resided in this county and he discharged these duties of public trust with honor and credit to himself and to the people who he served. He was twice elected to serve his district on the county board of supervisors. These elections came to him while he resided in Colfax township and he there represented Colfax and Lincoln townships on the county board. He was a member of the county board and also a member of the building committee who planned and directed the building of Grundy county's beautiful and substantial court house. That building will stand as a fitting monument for many generations for those who had charge of its construction. After moving to Wellsburg, Mr. Meyer served a number of terms on the town council and he was also a valued member of the school board and helped to erect the modern school building which is in use here now. Mr. Meyer regarded his public duties as a public trust and he discharged them with the same care and fidelity that he devoted to his private interests.
Mr. Meyer's surviving children are Mrs. A. J. Kruse, P. A. Meyer, Mrs. C. Haack, Mrs. George Geerdes, Andrew Meyer, Mrs. George Lindaman, Mrs. Herman Haack and John A. Meyer. All the children reside in Grundy county. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. John VanDeest, of Baileyville, Ill.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 April 1926, pg 3
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