From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 535-536, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Henry Meyer, an old and retired German farmer of section 19,
township 17, was born in Prussia, Germany, in 1814. His parents lived
and died in Prussia, when quite old. The father, Conrad, was a small
farmer, and he and his wife were members of the Lutheran Church. Henry
is the youngest but one of the family. He and a brother Fred are the
only surviving members of the family. Henry has earned his own living
since he was eight years old and has made his present large fortune
entirely by his own efforts. He was yet a young man when in the spring
of 1833 he sailed from Bremen, on a sailing vessel, arriving at New
Orleans after a voyage of nine weeks. He came up the Mississippi River
and spent some few months in Missouri, but not liking it he came on to
Beardstown Illinois, and settled here, being among the first settlers
of the locality. They were all strangers to him. He is now the oldest
settler now living in the county, which was all unbroken when he came
to it in the spring of 1833. Arenzville was a small town indeed when he
settled there, consisting of two log houses. Beardstown and Virginia
were hamlets, and no roads marked out the township and section lines.
In fact there were no improvements in the county to amount to anything.
As there were no railroads the pioneers had few advantages to sell
their produce when they had raised it. Mr. Meyer has lived to see all
this changed, doing his full share to effect this change. He has worked
hard to increase his original 186 acres to his present 380 acres, of
which 250 are highly improved. The 380 acres are divided into two
separate farms, each supplied with a separate set of farm buildings.
Until about five years ago, Mr. Meyer worked hard, but then, as
advancing age told upon him, he retired, and has been living quietly
ever since, enjoying the fruits of his labors. He is now seventy-eight
years old, and can point to a life of usefulness that would put to
shame many an idle man.
He was married in this county to Elizabeth Talkemeyer, born near
the old home of her husband in Prussia, Germany. She came to America
with a brother, Frederick, in the 40's, their parents having died in
Germany. After they landed in New Orleans, they came north to
Beardstown, and here they both lived and died. Mrs. Meyer died at her
home where her husband yet lives, September, 1884, aged sixty-seven.
She was a good wife, a devoted mother, and a kind neighbor. Mr. and
Mrs. Meyer were the parents of four children: Carolyn Keane, of
Arenzville; Mary, wife of William Duvelmeier, of Beardstown; Henry
manages the farm and married Caroline Baujan, of Arenzville; Louisa,
wife of Fred Wienkencman, a farmer on one of Mr. Meyer's farms. Mr.
Meyer has been a leading man for many years in his section, and one of
the most prominent members of the Lutheran Church in Beardstown, and
one near Arenzville, he is an ardent Republican in politics.
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