FRED WILLIAM MEYER.
An excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres situated on section 21, Iowa township, is the home property of
Fred William Meyer. It was also his birthplace and his natal day was April 7, 1872. His parents were Henry and
Magdalena (Werner) Meyer. The father, a native of Prussia, made his way to Cincinnati, Ohio, after crossing the
Atlantic to the new world and thence came to Iowa county, at which time the Rock Island railroad extended only
as far as Iowa City, so that he walked from there to his place. The district in which he settled was a pioneer
region, much of the land being still in possession of the government, and he homesteaded eighty acres, to which
he added another eighty acres of school land. The entire tract was wild and unimproved, but with characteristic
energy he began its development and his untiring labors soon brought a marked change in the appearance of the place,
the wild prairie grasses giving way before the work of cultivation, which resulted in the harvesting of good crops.
To Mr. and Mrs. Meyer were born six children: Henry, who died in 1913; Herman and Minnie, also deceased; Mrs. Henry
Doerzman and Louise, who live in Marengo; and Fred W., who occupies the old home place. The father died on the
18th of January, 1907, and was survived for only a few weeks by his widow, who passed away on the 7th of February,
Fred William Meyer, reared under the parental roof in the usual manner of farm lads, acquired a common school education
and also pursued a commercial course at Iowa City. Through the periods of vacation and after his schooldays were
over he worked upon the home farm until 1893, when he went to the west, being then a young man of twenty one years.
He remained in the west for about thirteen years, being engaged in the hotel and restaurant business at Long Beach,
California, but in 1907 he returned to his native county and has since been engaged in farming, occupying the old
homestead. He is, moreover, a stockholder in the Iowa Hilton Telephone Company. Mr. Meyer occupies the only log
cabin of the county which is still being used as a home. It was built by his father and is one of the old landmarks
of the county. In his political views Mr. Meyer is independent, nor does he seek nor desire office. He concentrates
his efforts upon his farming interests with the result that his labors are bringing to him a good return.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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