C. A. Meyer, deceased, whose industry and enterprise have left their value upon the agricultural interests of
Franklin township, this county, will long be remembered for his excellent qualities of character and the benefits
which have accrued to the community from his straightforward and upright life. His birth occurred in Masoncounty,
Illinois, June 17, 1869, a son of Herman and Hannah (Rimerman) Meyer. His father was a native of Germany and located
in Illinois at an early date. In 1889 he removed to Logan county, that state, where he entered into rest.
In the common schools of Logan county, C. A. Meyer acquired his education, and upon completing his studies launched
out in the world for himself, his initial step being that of the farmer. He remained in Logan county, dealing extensively
in stock until 1901, when he came to Washington county, Iowa, locating on a farm which he occupied for four years,
or until 1904. He then removed to the property upon which his widow now lives. The farm contains two hundred and
thirty six acres, which is provided with an excellent residence built by Mr. Meyer, together with all other conveniences
requisite to the occupation of farming, and aside from this excellent tract of land he also left one hundred and
sixty acres located in Cedar township. Mr. Meyer met death December 26, 1904, while, in company with his wife,
he was driving over a railroad crossing when his team was struck by a train, receiving injuries which caused his
death a few hours later. His wife, however, escaped serious hurt.
Mr. Meyer's marriage to Miss Christine Leesman occurred in Logan county, Illinois, January 15, 1890, and they became
the parents of three children, namely: Herman, whose birth occurred January 15, 1891; Francis, who was born September
8, 1893; and Clara, who was born September 8, 1895. Since the death of her husband Mrs. Meyer has been managing
the farm interests and has added to the property a tract of eighty acres in Cedar township. Mr. Meyer was a republican
in politics and although he never aspired to hold public office he was interested in the issues before the country,
and his influence in behalf of its candidates was widely felt. His fraternal affiliations were with the Modern
Woodmen of America, and from the age of fourteen years he was a member of the Reformed Lutheran church Being a
man of high moral aspirations, who possessed excellent qualities of character, he commanded the respect of the
entire neighborhood, and in his death the community lost one of its most progressive and representative citizens.
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Washington County, IA
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