Lee County Illinois



One of the progressive and active young business men of Ashton is William Meister, who conducts there a first class livery. He is a native son of Lee county, born January 26, 1890, his parents being George and Catherine (Stutzel) Meister, natives of Germany. They came to America as children and both grew to maturity in Lee county, where their marriage occurred. The father passed away in 1908 and is survived by his wife, who has reached the age of sixty-one. To their union were born five children: Ernest, of Ashton; Elizabeth, who has passed away; Mary, the wife of George Walters, a farmer of Ashton township; Charles, deceased; and William, of this review.

The last named acquired his education in the public schools of Lee county and remained at home until his marriage, which occurred in 1907. He then established himself in the butcher business and after a few years bought a livery stable in Ashton, which he has since conducted. He has a number of attractive carriages, buggies and automobiles and controls a large and representative patronage.

Mr. Meister married Miss Beulah H. Hurd, a native of Rochelle, Ogle county, Illinois, and a daughter of Joseph and Mary Hurd. Mr. and Mrs. Meister have become the parents of a son, G.W., born January 9, 1908. They are members of the Presbyterian church and Mr. Meister gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. He is a young man of energy, ability and enterprise and these qualities will undoubtedly carry him forward into still more important relations with business interests of Ashton.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens

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