Biography of Harry J. Meyer
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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.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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