Alfred F. Meyer is proprietor of a saloon and buffet at Sheboygan. He was born May 12, 1883, in Wilson township, and is a son of Herman Meyer. The father was born in New York state and with his parents moved to Wisconsin where the family lived in a log house which was one of the pioneer homes of the county and later they removed to wilson township.
After his marriage, Herman Meyer followed farming on his own account acquiring a tract of land which he cultivated for a time. Subsequently, however, he sold out and came to Sheboygan, where he engaged in grading contracting to the time of his death, which occurred on the 24th of September, 1906, when he was forty-nine years of age. He married Ottilia Springborn, whose birth occurred in Wilson township, a daughter of William and Adelheid (Merton) Springborn, who were natives of Germany.
William Springborn enlisted for active service in the Civil war under Colonel Root, of Sheboygan, and served throughout the period of hostilities. He came with his parents to America in his youthful days and settled in Sheboygan county, where he followed farming throughout his entire life save for the period spent at the front. Mrs. Meyer is still living at the age of fifty years. By her marriage she became the mother of the following named: Emma, the wife of August Keeter, a teamster of Sheboygan; Alfred F.; William and Hugo, who are also teamsters of Sheboygan; Alma, the wife of Clarence Brunholz, a painter of Sheboygan; Walter, a chauffeur of Sheboygan; Elsie, who is clerking; and George, at home.
It is interesting to know something more of the family of which Alfred F. Meyer is a representative, for this is one of the old families of this part of the state. His grandfather was Christian Meyer, of Ockermark, Germany, in which country he followed farming. With his wife, Fredericka, he came to America and settled in Sheboygan at a very early day. His widow still resides in this city at the age of seventy-eight years.
Alfred F. Meyer was employed at farm labor after leaving school, spending three years in that way. He afterward occupied a position as barkeeper for six years and then engaged in business on his own account, having in the mean time carefully saved his earnings. He opened a saloon which he is now conducting in a partnership relation, having in 1910 become senior partner of the firm of Meyer & Grau.
Mr. Meyer married Miss Verona Helzer, who was born in Chilton, Wisconsin, a daughter of Nicholas Helzer, a farmer. Mr. Meyer has never taken an active interest in politics but is identified with several fraternal organizations, holding membership with the Eagles and the Rangers, both of Sheboygan. Of the former he is serving as a member of the fife and drum corps. He was reared in the Lutheran church. He is well known in this city where his entire life has been passed, and he has many warm friends among the leading German-American citizens here.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL