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Meyer, Fritz J. 1853 1935


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 4/12/2015 at 15:49:12


Fritz J. Meyer, who since 1893 has owned and operated a fine farm of two hundred acres on section 34, Bloomfield township, is one of the most progressive and energetic farmers and stock-raisers of his locality, his success being founded upon his practical methods and thorough familiarity with every detail of farm operation. He is one of the many enterprising and industrious citizens whom Germany has given to America, his birth having occurred in that country on the 29th of September, 1853. His parents, Louis and Charlotte (Martin) Meyer, were natives of Germany and in the fall of 1870 came to America, settling in Clayton county, where the father lived retired. Both parents passed away in 1893. To their union were born five children: Louis, who resides in Postville; Charlotte, the wife of William King, of Winneshiek county; William, who makes his home in Castalia; Minnie, who married Henry Dahms, of Postville; and Fritz J., of this review.

The last named acquired his education in Germany and spent his childhood and early youth in that country. In 1870, when he was sixteen years of age, he came to America alone and settled in Clayton county, where in the fall he was joined by his parents. He turned his attention to general farming and this occupation has since engaged his attention. In the year 1893 he came to Winneshiek county and purchased two hundred acres of fine land on section 34, Bloomfield township, upon which property he has since continued to reside, carrying on the work of its development along progressive and practical lines. Upon it he has made substantial improvements in buildings and equipment and has now a productive and well managed property, classed with the model farms of this part of the state. He engaged in general farming and stock-raising and both branches of his business have become profitable and important under his able management.

On the 22d of June, 1888, Mr. Meyer was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte Schroeder, a daughter of Louis and Wilhelmina (Van Hunt) Schroeder, natives of Germany, who came to Iowa in 1892. They were the parents of six children: William, who resides in Postville; Charlotte, the wife of the subject of this review; Louis, also a resident of Postville; Louisa, who married William Fisher, of Clermont, Iowa; Christ, of Allamakee county; and Fritz, of Wellman, Iowa. Louis Schroeder was twice married, his second wife being Wilhelmina Cheeky, by whom he had seven children: Wilhelmina, who married Rube Brainard, of Allamakee county; Henry, who resides in Winneshiek county; Carl, of Fayette county; Sophia, who lives at home; Louis, who makes his home in Wellman; Mary, who lives at home; and William, also of Wellman. Mr. and Mrs. Meyer have become the parents of twelve children: Fred L., who resides in Winneshiek county; William L., of Allamakee county; Henry L., also of Allamakee county; Christ C, who lives at home; Emma, deceased; Louis H., Mary Minnie and Edward W., all at home; Walter and Clara, deceased; Ella R.; and Helen L.

Mr. Meyer's religious views are in accord with the doctrines of the Lutheran church and his political allegiance is given to the republican party. In all of his business dealings he has proven thoroughly reliable and in matters of citizenship helpful and progressive, giving his aid and influence to measures for the public good.

Source: History of Winneshiek County, Iowa Vol. II Chicago the S. J. Clark Publishing Company 1913

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