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Henry Meyer

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Henry Meyer

Posted: 9 Feb 2005 9:38PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Meyer, Wygant & Stillwagen
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 827-28

Henry Meyer. Few citizens of Huntington county have done more to promote the growth, welfare and progress of their community than has Henry Meyer, one of the representative farmers of Lancaster township. A man of enterprise and original ideas, he was one of the promoters of the project to drain Loon Creek, this being followed by similar enterprises which have resulted in the reclamation of a vast tract of good, tillable soil which had previously been of little use. Mr. Meyer was born in Tipton county, Indiana, February 9, 1859, and is a son of Charles F. and Margaret (Wygant) Meyer, natives of Germany.

Charles F. Meyer left the Fatherland as a youth of nineteen years, when he had decided that in the world across the seas he could better his condition, and first settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but subsequently moved to Wayne county, Indiana, and thence to Tipton county. He was first a farmer’s hand and later became the owner of a property of his own. continuing to be engaged in agriculture throughout the entire period of his active career. He was married in Indiana to Miss Margaret Wygant, who was born in Germany and came to the United States at the age twelve years, and they became the parents of six children, as follows: Henry; John, a resident of Tipton, Indiana; Matilda, who is the wife of Joseph Glass, of Elwood, Indiana; Charles W., the owner of a good farm in this county; Emma, the wife of William Wymer; and William, of Tipton county.

Henry Meyer received his education in the public schools of his native locality, and early decided upon farming as his life work. He thoroughly applied himself to his every task, learning every detail pertaining to the successful management of a farming property, and by the time he had attained his majority was well versed in those things which make for prosperity in the field of agriculture. Mr. Meyer remained under the parental roof, assisting his father, until he was twenty-seven years of age, at which time, June 28, 1886, he was united in marriage with Miss Amanda Stillwagen, who was born and reared in Tipton county, Indiana. To this union there have been born four children, as follows: Emma, the wife of Fred Went, of Huntington county; Phillabina, the wife of John Hoenstine, of Huntington township; Margaret, single, at home, and one child who died in infancy, Thomas Wilmer the youngest.

After his marriage Mr. Meyer commenced operations on his own account, and has continued to accumulate property until he now has a valuable farm of 171 acres, located three miles south of Huntington, on the Salamonie gravel road. He is engaged in general farming, in addition to which he has been quite successful in stock raising, making a specialty of Berkshire hogs. He is known as an expert judge of cattle. Mr. Meyer has ever been foremost in movements making for progress, and when it was proposed that the Loon Creek district be drained he at once recognized the practicability of the idea. Accordingly, he became one of the promoters of this venture, and although it met with a great deal of opposition at first from those who were a little backward in accepting anything new, it has proven one of the best things that could have been done to aid the townships of Lancaster, Rock Creek and Huntington. This has opened the way for numerous other drains in Huntington county, and in this way many acres of valuable land have been added to the county’s resources. Mr. Meyer is a democrat in his political views, but has cared little for public affairs, outside of the manner in which they affect his community. He is a member of the Huntington Lutheran church, in which he and the members of his family have numerous friends, as they have in all walks of life.

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