Andrew Meyer, who owns and operates a well improved farm of eighty acres on section 12, Lyndon township, has long devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits with excellent results. His birth occurred in Germantown township, Washington county, Wisconsin, on the 16th of December, 1853, his parents being Andrew and Annie (Schmidt) Meyer, both of whom were natives of Bavaria, Germany.
The father, who was born in 1821, crossed the Atlantic to the United States in 1846 and came direct to Wisconsin, taking up government land in Germantown township, Washington county. After clearing the place he began its cultivation and there carried on general farming for a period of eleven years. In 1857 he removed to Lyndon township, Sheboygan county, purchased a tract of one hundred and sixty acres on section 6, cleared and improved the property and thereon spent his remaining days.
His death, which occurred in 1891, was the occasion of deep and widespread regret, for he had been a resident of this county for two thirds of a century and had gained the friendship and regard of all with whom he came in contact. He was twice married, his first wife bearing the maiden name of Annie Schmidt, by whom he had ten children, eight sons and two daughters, as follows: George, who is a resident of Wibaux, Montana; Martin, living in Plymouth township, Sheboygan county; John, who makes his home in Wibaux, Montana; Elizabeth, the wife of August Moeller, of St. Cloud, Wisconsin; Andrew, of this review; Mary, the wife of Emil Doegnitz, of Fond du Lac; Philip, who passed away in Manitowoc county, this state; Henry, who is a resident of Plymouth, Wisconsin; Herman, who makes his home near Tuttle, Oklahoma; and Edward, of Greenbush township, Sheboygan county. The mother of these children was called to her final rest in 1863.
For his second wife Mr. Meyer chose Mrs. Louisa Kirst, by whom he had three children, namely: Oscar, residing in Plymouth, Wisconsin; Louisa, the wife of William Draycot, of Clinton, Illinois; and August, of Plymouth township, this county.
Andrew Meyer, Jr., acquired his education in the public schools and when a youth of seventeen began learning the tinner's trade, at which he worked in Plymouth for two years, while subsequently he spent a year and a half at work in Chilton, this state. On attaining his majority he went to Houghton, Michigan, and for a time was engaged as a sailor on the lakes, later working on a farm near Oxford, Michigan. About 1877 he returned to this state and bought his father's farm on section 6, Lyndon township. In 1892 he sold that property and removed to Sheboygan, where he made his home until 1894, when he rented a farm in Lyndon township, being actively engaged in its operation for two years. On the expiration of that period he secured employment in the store of H. J. Goelzer at Plymouth.
Next he purchased forty acres of land in Plymouth township but disposed of the place in 1898 and bought his present farm of eighty acres on section 12, Lyndon township. He raises the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and in his undertakings as an agriculturist has won a well merited and gratifying measure of prosperity.
Mr. Meyer has been married twice. His first wife bore the maiden name of Mary Habighorst and became the mother of one child, Mary, who is now the wife of Albert Gerling, of Bloomington, Illinois. In 1883 he wedded Miss Flora Schaekel, a daughter of Christian Schaekel, of whom more extended mention is made on another page of this work. Unto Andrew and Flora (Schaekel) Meyer have been born four children, as follows: Norma, who is the wife of Emil Juers, of Lyndon township, by whom she has one child, Ronald ; Flora, who is the wife of John Wierman, of Waldo, Wisconsin, and the mother of one child, Bernice; Myrtle, who lives at home and follows the profession of school teaching; and Lona, who is also still under the parental roof.
Mr. Meyer is a devoted and consistent member of the Evangelical Lutheran church, to which his wife and children also belong. Commendable principles have governed his life and shaped his conduct in his relations with his fellowmen. Free from ostentation and display, he is, however, favorably known because of his genuine worth which classes him with the representative citizens of the community.
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