John Meyer is a well known farmer, stock raiser and feeder of Byron township, living on section 3. He is numbered
among the pioneer settlers of. Buchanan county, having since 1855 resided within its borders. Pennsylvania claims
him as a native son, his birth having occurred in Lancaster county on the 10th of November, 1848, his parents being
Henry and Isadora (Sullivan) Meyer, of whom mention is made in connection with the sketch of their son-in-law,
Colonel Jed Lake, on another page of this volume.
John Meyer was but seven years of age when the family came to Iowa and he shared with the others of the household
in the usual experiences and hardships of pioneer life, for this was still a frontier region at the time of their
arrival. At the usual age he entered the public schools, to which he is indebted for the educational opportunities
which he enjoyed His training in farm labor was not meager and he remained at home until thirty two years of age,
although in the meantime he had become the owner of land which he was cultivating. When he attained his majority
his father gave him eighty acres and to his original holdings he has added from time to time as his financial resources
have increased until he now has two hundred and eighty acres, while his wife is the owner of three hundred and
fifteen acres, all hi one body. This farm Mr. Meyer personally cultivated and developed until about three years
ago, when he rented all of his fields save about forty acres, in the midst of which stands his home. He now raises
cattle, horses and hogs and as a live stock raiser and feeder is doing a profitable business.
On the 29th of December, 1880, Mr. Meyer was united in marriage to Miss Emma A. Spangler, a daughter of Samuel
T. Spangler, a leading citizen and honored pioneer settler of the county whose sketch is to be found on another
page of this work. She was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, October 21, 1855, and when quite young was brought by
her parents to this county, where her life has since been spent. In early womanhood she engaged in teaching school.
Our subject and his wife have one son, Cliff Spangler Meyer.
In his political views Mr. Meyer has long been an earnest republican, never failing to cast his vote in support
of the men and measures of the party. For fifteen years he has held the office of road supervisor and has done
much to improve the public highways. For a similar period he served as school director and the cause of education
finds in him a stalwart champion. He has recently erected a handsome residence upon his farm, built in a modern
and attractive style of architecture. Hem and his wife occupy an enviable position in the regard of their fellow
citizens and the hospitality of their home is greatly enjoyed by their many friends.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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