H. T. Meyer is one of the best known men in Wilson township where he has been engaged for the past thirty-five years in the threshing business. He was born November 4, 1857, and is a native of Sheboygan county, this state. He is the son of Carl and Augusta (Erhardt) Meyer, both of whom were natives of Germany.
Carl Meyer was born in 1814 and emigrated to the United States in 1846, bringing with him his bride of one year and on reaching the new world he came direct to Wilson township where he purchased forty acres of land and established his home. He later added to his original purchase until he was the owner of one hundred acres of rich Sheboygan county farming land, which he continued to operate until seven years prior to his death, at which time he removed to the city of Sheboygan, where he died in 1897, at the age of eighty-three years. His wife, who was a native of Mecklenburg, Germany, passed from this life in Sheboygan, at the age of sixty-five years.
To Mr. and Mrs. Carl Meyer fourteen children were born, of whom eight are still living: Augusta, who is the wife of Christ Stadte, of Chicago; Lena, who is the wife of Henry Benders, of Chicago; Minnie, who is the wife of William Schultz, of Sheboygan; Bertha, who is married and resides in Chicago; Anna, the wife of Frank Haff er, of Sheboygan; Fred who owns and resides on the old homestead; William, a real-estate agent in De Pere, Wisconsin; and H. T., the subject of this review.
H. T. Meyer was reared in his parents' home and educated in the public schools of Wilson township. In his early life he was engaged in work on his father's farm in the summer and in the winter months he was employed in the lumber woods. At the age of twenty-one he left the parental roof and became an apprenticed carpenter and after learning that trade he was engaged in its pursuit during the summer months and also to some extent during the winter season. In 1882 he purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres on sections 21 and 28. Upon that property he established his home and has since continued to reside.
For the past thirty-five years he has been engaged in the threshing business. Mr. Meyer was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Brehm, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Brehm, both of whom were natives of Germany and who emigrated to this country at the time when Mrs. Meyer was a child of nine years of age. To Mr. and Mrs. Meyer four children have been born: Herman and Oscar, both of whom are at home; Adeline, who is the wife of Edwin Halle, of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin; and Tillie, who is the wife of Dan Halle, of Cedar Grove, this state.
Mr. Meyer is non-partisan in the use of his franchise casting his vote for the party whom he believes best serves the interests of the people. He and his wife are both members of the Lutheran church. He is an enterprising and useful citizen of his state and county and is known throughout the county of Sheboygan to be a man of strict integrity in business matters and is highly esteemed by people with whom he is brought in contact.
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