Lee County Biography


John Meister, deceased, was for many years closely and influentially identified with agricultural interests of Lee county and his energy and enterprise gained for him a high place among representative farmers of this locality. He was born in Bradford township, this county, March 14, 1864, and is a son of Conrad and Rosa Meister, natives of Germany. The parents came to America about 1854 and located in Bradford township, where the father still resides. John Meister was reared upon the homestead and remained with his parents until his marriage in 1897. Following this he began farming independently and his efforts were rewarded by constantly increasing success. He owned one hundred acres of land on section 9, Bradford township, and developed this along the most practical and progressive lines. He made it a productive and valuable property and remained active in its operation until his death. He passed away August 11, 1912, and was laid to rest in Ashton cemetery. His death was widely and sincerely regretted, for his honorable and upright life had gained him many friends in his native township.

In 1897 Mr. Meister was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Walter, who was born in Germany, May 1, 1866, a daughter of John and Anna E. (Shady) Walter, also natives of Germany. The parents came to America in 1868 and located in Bradford township, where both passed away. In their family were seven children, of whom six are yet living. To Mr. and Mrs. Meister five children were born, Clara M., George C, Mary L., Wilbert W., and a child who died in infancy. Mrs. Meister owns the homestead and makes her home upon it. She is well known in Bradford township and her many excellent qualities of mind and character have gained her a wide circle of friends.
Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.


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