Biography of August P. Meyer
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August H. Meyer, who for many years has been influentially associated with farming and stock raising interests in the vicinity of Postville, owning today a fine farm of two hundred and twenty six acres, is a native of Iowa, born in Clayton county, September 2, 1860. He is a son of Henry and Dora (Kluss) Meyer, both of whom were born in Mecklenburg, Germany. the former February 14, 1824, and the latter January 16 of the same year. The father worked as a farm laborer in early years, crossing the Atlantic about the year 1854. He located in Clayton county, Iowa, and purchased land near Guttenberg, which, however, he later sold, removing to Post township, Allamakee county. He afterward made his home in Grand Meadow township, Clayton county, where he resided upon rented land until his death in February, 1886. His wife survives him and makes her home in Post township. To them were born two children: Lena, who married Charles Thies, of Clayton county; and August H., of this review.

In the acquirement of an education August H. Meyer attended district school in Clayton county and the public schools of Guttenberg and from his childhood aided in the operation of the homestead, becoming familiar with the best agricultural methods. When he was twenty one he hired out as a farm hand, continuing thus for four years, after which he rented land in Clayton county, one mile south of Pastille. Afterward, however, he removed to Allamakee county, buying the farm he now owns, and since that time he has given practically all of his attention to its itsimprovement and cultivation until it is now one of the finest agricultural properties in the locality. It comprises two hundred and twenty six acres of land, under a high state of cultivation, equipped with an excellent barn and substantial outbuildings and with modern labor saving machinery. Mr. Meyer engages in general farming and is also extensively interested in stock raising, keeping over one hundred head of sheep and also cattle, hogs and horses. He is a stockholder in the Farmers Shipping Company and in the Pastille Canning Company.

On the 28th of September, 1886, Mr. Meyer was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Krambeer, who was born in Germany on the 6th of April, 1863, a sister of John Krambeer, of whom further mention is made elsewhere in this work. Mr. and Mrs. Meyer have become the parents of five children: Amanda, who was born in 1887, and is now the wife of Henry Kruse, of Monona township, Clayton county; Gustav, a farmer in South Dakota, who was born in 1888, and married Miss Elsie Fisher; Bennie, who was born October 26, 1891; Ervin, born February 21, 1893; and Walter, January 26, 1897.

Mr. Meyer is a member of the Lutheran church at Luana and he gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. He is interested in the growth of the community, especially in the cause of education, which he has aided in promoting through his two terms of service as a director of the school board. His life has been such as to give him high standing in the eyes of the community and he is generally recognized as a man whose long years of active labor in Post township have not only contributed to his own prosperity but have also been of great value to the community at large.

From:
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1913


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