Henry C. Meyer II

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 329-330, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Henry C. Meyer, a successful brick and tile manufacturer and ice dealer of Beardstown, Illinois, was born in Westphalia, Prussia, September 20, 1835. His parents were Henry C. and E. (Hildabrandt) Meyer. His father was an efficient soldier for fifteen years under the general command of the first Emperor William, when they were both young men. His father participated in many active engagements, and was highly respected by his superior officers. In 1843, the family emigrated to the Unites States, arriving, after a voyage of fifteen weeks, in New Orleans, from which place they were nearly as long in reaching Evansville, Indiana, by the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. They settled in Knox county, Indiana, where in 1857, the devoted wife and mother died. Some years later, the father came to Beardstown to visit his son, who had gone to that place some time before. He subsequently died at his son's home in 1878, at the age of seventy years. He was a man of sterling qualities of mind and heart, and enjoyed, with his wife, the heartfelt esteem of all who knew them. Both parents were devout members of the Evangelical Church.
  The subject of this sketch came to Beardstown in 1857, when a poor, young man, having at that time only $5 in his pocket. He commenced, in a primitive manner, to work at his present business, moulding brick with his hands, which was then the usual way. He was thus employed when the Civil war broke out, and in 1861 he volunteered his services to the Government, but the quota having been filled he was not accepted. He purchased his first land in that year, near Arenzville. By unremitting industry and careful economy, he gradually accumulated means, which he invested in the best improvements obtainable for the manufacture of brick and tile, besides branching out in other directions. He now makes about 1,000,000 brock and many thousand rods of tile annually, being the largest manufacturer in that line in his county. He is also extensively engaged in the ice business, which he has successfully conducted for the past twenty years, his ice houses now having a capacity of 12,000 tons. He has gradually added to his first purchase of land, until he now owns 1,000 acres of choice realty in Cass county' 900 of which are well improved and cultivated, and 300 being under his own management.
  He was married about 1862, to Miss Mollie Boy, who was born and raised near Arenzville, of which vicinity her people were early and respected pioneers. Both of her parents are now dead. Mr. and Mrs. Meyer have had eight children, seven of whom survive: Louis, who married Tilla Piehler; Elizabeth, wife of A. E. Cameron, a successful jeweler of Beardstown; Albert, assisting his father at home; Lydia, wife of Charles Lebkucher, a prosperous farmer of this county; Mollie, Herold and Adalaide, living at home.
  Politically, Mr. Meyer supports the issues of the Democratic party, and, while being no office seeker, takes an interest in all local and public affairs of importance.
  Both he and his worthy wife are useful members of the Fourth Evangelical Lutheran Church. Mr. Meyer has not attained his success without earnest and persistent endeavor; wholly unaided, he has, by industry and economy, acquired his present prosperity; while by upright dealings and uniform courtesy he has secured the universal esteem of his fellow men.

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