Biography of Karl F. Meier
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Karl F. Meier, who follows the occupation of farming and is now filling the office of assessor of Washington township, belongs to that class of substantial citizens that Germany has furnished to the new world. He was born in Baden on the 8th of May, 1863, a son of Frederick and Anna Mary (Buehler) Meier, in whose family were four sons and two daughters. Karl F. Meier was reared in the land of his nativity and early became familiar with farm work, for his father engaged in the tilling of the soil to the time of his death, which occurred when he was seventy six years of age. The mother still survives and has now reached the advanced age of eighty six years. Beside the subject of this review only one other of the family came to America, a sister Mrs. Christian Eichhorn, of Iowa county.

On attaining his majority Mr. Meier, attracted by the opportunities of the new world, sailed for the United States and made his way direct to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He afterward spent a brief time in St. Paul and in 1886 arrived in Iowa county, then a young man of twenty two years. He soon afterward became actively identified with farming and has since been engaged in agricultural pursuits. He now lives in Washington township, where he owns forty acres of land, which he is carefully cultivating so that the fields annually return to him golden harvests as the reward of the care and labor he bestows upon them.

On the 16th of September, 1886, Mr. Meier was united in marriage to Miss Anna Brehm, who was born in Hesse, Germany, and was eighteen years of age when she came to the United States. Mr. and Mrs. Meier are now the parents of six children: Katherine, who was born February 14, 1889, and is the wife of Burt Thomas, a fanner living near Williamsburg, by whom she has two children; Eliza, who was born June 22, 1890, and is the wife of Ed Livingston, a farmer near Williamsburg, by whom she has three children; Charlotte, who was born December 2, 1892, and is the wife of Christian Tranberry, a railroad man of Cedar Rapids, by whom she has one child; Rosa, who was born January 28, 1893, and is the wife of Alvin Coover, living near Marengo; George, who was born July 16, 1894; and Ernestine, born February 3, 1901.

The parents are members of the German Reformed church and adhere loyally to its teachings. Mr. Meier is also a member of Marengo Lodge, No. 148, I. O. O. F. His study of the political questions and conditions of the country has led him to give his support to the democratic party, of which he is a stalwart advocate, and he is now serving for the second term as assessor of his township, making a creditable record as a prompt and efficient official.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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