Henry J. C. Meyer, who owns two hundred and forty acres of the north half of section 20, Blaine township, was
born in Harrison county, Indiana, on the 22d of November, 1852. His father, C. Meyer, was born in Germany but emigrated
to the United States in young manhood and in 1833 settled in Indiana, where he was married to Elizabeth Reinhart,
also a native of Germany. In his early days the father was a turner and later became identified with agricultural
Henry J. C. Meyer attended the common schools until he was sixteen years of age, when he put aside his textbooks
and devoted his entire time to assisting his father with the work of the farm. Two years later he went to Louisville,
Iientucky, and there found employment in a furniture factory, so continuing until he was twenty years old. He then
went to Troy, Indiana, and was engaged in making furniture there for six months, after which he was for a short
time a resident of New Orleans. On returning north he went to Marshall county, Illinois, where he rented land until
1888, which year witnessed his arrival in Adams county. For a time he rented a farm but as soon as his resources
would permit purchased his present place in Blain township. He has always worked hard and his industry and careful
management of his affairs have enabled him to acquire a competence.
Mr. Meyer was married on the 6th of October, 1888, to Miss Anka Valentine, a daughter of Harm and Trintze (Betten)
Valentine, early settlers of this county. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Meyer, namely: William R.,
who was born on the 20th of August, 1892, and who is assisting his father; Christian L., who was born January 21,
1894, and is at home; Lorena, who was horn July 2, 1898, and is now attending high school at Hastings; and Louisa,
who was born November 24, 1903, and is a pupil in the South ward school at Hastings.
Mr. Meyer supports the republican party at the polls and keeps well informed as to the questions and issues of
the day. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the German Evangelical Lutheran church at Hastings.
His sterling personal worth has gained him the respect of all who have been brought into contact with him and his
efficiency as a farmer is generally recognized.
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