HARRY J. MEYER
Among the substantial and proserous merchants of Hayward Harry J. Meyer holds a prominent place, commandide the
respect of his fellowmen because of his business success and his fine personal qualities. He was born in San Francisco,
California, December 13, 1893. His parents Henry and Marie (Sieh) Meyer. were born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany,
the father in Bonnstadt and the mother in Frederickstadt. In 1881 the father came to California, by way of the
isthmus of Panama, and went to work in the old Kreig tannery, having learned the business in Germany. About six
months later he was made foreman and held that position for a number of years. He then found employment as a clerk
in a grocery store, where he remained until 1892, when he opened a grocery store of his own, which he successfully
conducted until burned out by the great fire of April, 1906. About six months later he engaged in the liquor business
at Ninth and Bryant streets, San. Francisco, where he continued until 1912, when he came to Hayward and established
a similar business at B and Main streets. He conducted that place until the national prohibition act was passed,
since which time he has clerked for E. C. Willis in the Auto Stage cigar store, in the Villa Hotel building. He
is now sixty three years of age. His wife died in San Francisco when her son Harry J. was but six years old. Mr.
Meyer is a republican in politics.
Harry J. Meyer spent his boyhood in San Francisco, where in the public schools he received his educational training.
For a number of years he worked as a clerk in a grocery store, and later was employed in the feed business until
March 1, 1927, when he established his present business at 658 Main street, Hayward, handling all kinds of poultry
supplies, seeds, grain, feed, wood and coal. He has a well equipped place of business, carries a large stock and
his methods are such as have gained for him a large patronage and the confidence of the public.
On February 19, 1927, Mr. Meyer was united in marriage to Miss Lena H. Ebert, who was born in Pierre, South Dakota,
and is a daughter of Fred and Magdalene (Ihli) Ebert, the former an early settler in Nevada, where he lived during
the busy mining days. Subsequently he moved to Pierre, South Dakota. His wife was born in Germany and when five
years of age was brought to this country by her parents, who settled first in Illinois, but later moved to South
Dakota, where she was reared and where she met and married Mr. Ebert. Mr. and Mrs. Meyer are the parents of a son,
Harry John, Jr.
Mr. Meyer is a stanch republican in his political views. He is a member of the Woodmen of the World, the Native
Sons of the Golden West, the Lions Club, and the American Legion for he is a veteran of the World war, having enlisted
June 6, 1917, he was assigned to Company H, One Hundred and Fifthy ninth Infantry Regiment, and was first sent
to Elko, Nevada, where he performed guard duty. Later he was for eleven months in training at Camp Kearney, and
was then ordered overseas. Landing at Liverpool, his regiment entrained for Winchester, England, later proceeding
to Southampton, and on August 24, 1918, crossed the channel to La Havre, France. From there they proceeded to their
billets at Les Bourdelines, near Nevers, in central France. Later Mr. Meyer was sent to an officers training camp
at La Volbonne, east of Lyons, where he remained until several weeks after the signing of the Armistice. He then
returned to his company, which embarked April 5th for home, and he was honorably discharged at San Francisco, April
30, 1919. Mr. Meyer is a man of candid and straightforward manner, is giving his close attention to his business
and well deserves the success which is crowning his efforts. He has many loyal friends throughout the community
and commands the respect of all who know him.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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