Among the large and growing business enterprises which are factors in the commercial and industrial activities of Sheboygan, making it one of the most enterprising and progressive cities of eastern Wisconsin, is numbered the Sheboygan Fruit Box Company, of which Louis Christian Meyer is the secretary and treasurer. In his business career he has made gradual advancement and successive promotions have brought him to his present responsible position. He was born in this county May 26, 1882, and has therefore but passed the thirtieth milestone on life's journey. His father, Christian Meyer, was born in Germany but when a youth of twelve years was brought to the United States by his father who was afterward killed in the lumber woods of northern Wisconsin.
The family home was established at Sheboygan and when fourteen years of age Christian Meyer started out to earn his own living, securing employment in the copper mines of Minnesota where he remained until he reached the age of thirty years. He then returned to Sheboycan county and engaged in farming and teaming, hauling freight from Sheboygan to Fond du Lac until about two years prior to his death, which occurred in July, 1909. In early manhood he had wedded Miss Pauline Hartman who still survives and makes her home with her son, L. C. Meyer, of this review. Only two of their six children are yet living, the daughter Hulda being the wife of N. J. Tiedens of Helena, Montana.
In the acquirement of his education Louis C. Meyer attended the public school of this city after which he pursued a course in the Sheboygan Business College. He was subsequently employed as a street car conductor for a year and then left for the northwest, making his way to Missoula, Montana, where he was employed by the Missoula Mercantile Company as office boy. He gradually worked his way upward in that connection and his ability and fidelity won him promotion to the position of assistant bookkeeper with that house. In 1902, however, he returned to Sheboygan where he accepted a position with the Citizens' National Bank. Later he was promoted to the office of assistant cashier and so continued until the 1st of November, 1911, when he resigned his position in the bank and purchased a half interest in the Sheboygan Fruit Box Company. In this connection he is now closely associated with the industrial activities of the city as secretary and treasurer of the company and has a leading voice in its management and the conduct of its business affairs. This is an important productive industry to which is accorded an extensive patronage, making the business a growing and profitable one. In addition to his connection with the Sheboygan Fruit Box Company Mr. Meyer is interested in banking as one of the stockholders in the Citizens' Bank.
On the 5th of September, 1910, Mr. Meyer was united in marriage to Miss Wilma Jung, born April II, 1887, a daughter of Jacob Jung, one of the old settlers of Sheboygan. Her father was born near Carlsruhe, Baden, Germany, October 6, 1831, and was a son of Jacob Jung, Sr., who was a farmer by occupation and died in Germany, October 29, 1846. In his youthful days the father of Mrs. Meyer served an apprenticeship at the wagon making trade and afterward traveled for three years as a journeyman, working at his trade at different places in Germany in order to further acquaint himself with the business while serving under the direction of different masters. He also spent fifteen months in the German army. In 1853 he came to America with his mother and sisters, the seven weeks' voyage being ended by their arrival in New York. They made their way first to Cleveland, Ohio, and in 1855 came to Sheboygan. Here Mr. Jung engaged in wagon making with Mr. Artman and later purchased an interest in the business. He was identified with that undertaking until 1887 when he sold his interest to his sons, Jacob and William, having in the meantime won a comfortable competence through well directed efforts and unabating energy. On the 25th of March, 1855, he married Eleanora Wilke, who was born in Saxony, Germany, May 4, 1833, and in 1852 came to America with her parents.
Mr. Jung was the promoter of the first boot and shoe factory of Sheboygan, was instrumental in establishing the gas works and he organized the Sheboygan Mutual Fire Insurance Company of which he later became secretary and treasurer. The extent and importance of his business affairs placed him among the most prominent and valued citizens here.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Meyer were born twins, Gloria Winter and Winston Jung on the 8th of April, 1912. Mr. and Mrs. Meyer have an extensive acquaintance not only in Sheboygan but throughout the county and occupy a very enviable position in social circles, while their home is justly celebrated for its warm hearted hospitality and good cheer. Mr. Meyer is popular in fraternal and social organizations, belonging to the Masonic lodge at Sheboygan Falls and the chapter and commandery at Sheboygan. He also holds membership with the Moose and with the Sheboygan Gun Club and his interest in the business conditions of the city is manifest in his membership in the Manufacturers' Association. He cooperates in many movements for the industrial and commercial progress of the city, and in matters relating to the municipal welfare he is also deeply interested. His life is one of intense and well directed activity crowned with success, and his energy and determination have been salient factors not only in promoting his own advancement but also the progress of the community. He enjoys the high regard of business colleagues and contemporaries and his is an enviable record for he has made no engagements he has not kept nor incurred obligations he has not met.
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