Biography of Henry N. Meyer
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Henry N. Meyer is engaged in general farming, having one hundred and twenty acres of rich and productive land in Lincoln township. He is among the worthy citizens that Germany has furnished to Iowa county. His birth occurred in the fatherland November 11, 1883, his parents being William and Mary (Brunharst) Meyer. The father was born October 27, 1838, and the mother on the nth of February, 1839, and they were reared and married in Germany, where they lived until 1893, when they came with their family to the new world and settled upon the farm in Iowa county on which their son Henry now lives. In their family were six children: John, who lives on a farm adjoining the old homestead; Mary, who is the wife of Albert Bringmann and resides in Germany; Katie, who passed away in 1910; William, who lives on a farm adjoining the old home property; Susie, who gave her hand in marriage to Ernest Timm, an agriculturist of this county; and Henry N., of this review. As previously stated, it was in 1893 that the father came to the United States and on reaching Iowa county he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land upon which he now lives. He later extended the boundaries of his farm by additional purchases and he has also sold portions of his land to his sons, John and William, while to Henry he sold one hundred and twenty acres. There was a small house upon the place when the father took possession of the property, but later he erected the six room residence which is now standing. He also built a large barn and other outbuildings and improved his property in many ways, converting it into a valuable farm. He was always active in its management and improvement until a year ago, when he turned the responsibility of directing and improving the property over to his son Henry, with whom he now makes his home.

Henry N. Meyer, who was a lad of ten years when brought to this country by his parents, largely acquired his education in the schools of Iowa county. He was reared to farm work and early became familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops. He has never sought to change his occupation, but has continued upon the old homestead and a year ago took over the management of the farm, thus relieving his father of further business cares. He purchased one hundred and twenty acres of the place, which now constitutes a valuable farm property to which he has added many modern improvements, while the work of the fields is carried on along most practical and progressive lines.

On the 6th of January, 1915, Mr. Meyer was united in marriage to Miss Stella Rosbeck, of Poweshiek county, Iowa, a daughter of Anton Rosbeck. The father was born in 1866, on shipboard, while his parents were crossing the Atlantic to America from Bohemia, and the mother was born in Poweshiek county, Iowa, in 1871. To Mr. and Mrs. Rosbeck have been born seven children, as follows: Mrs. Stella Meyer, and Bertha, Agnes, Anton, Frank, Milo and Katharine, all of whom are still at home.

In his political views Mr. Meyer is an earnest republican, believing firmly in the principles of the party and giving to it stalwart support. His religious faith is that of the German Lutheran church and to its teachings he is ever loyal, guiding his life by its principles. He is a man of integrity and honor, qualities which he manifests in every relation of life.

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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