"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Meyer, John a well known and respected citizen of Monico, Oneida County, who is engaged in farming and dairying, was born in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, Aug. 27, 1852, son of Carl and Margaret MEYER. The father had settled in Manitowoc County in 1848 on coming from Germany during the revolutionary troubles in that country. He took a homestead in the county before his marriage, which took place no long after. He and his wife Margaret had three children: John, the subject of this sketch; Herman, a farmer in Manitowoc County; and Mary, who married a Mr. MILLER and is now living in Manitowoc. Carl and Margaret MEYER died when their son John was about nine years old, and from that time until he was 18 he lived with different families, attending school occasionally as he found opportunity. In 1870 he went to work in the woods in Marinette County, Mich., near the old Engel's place about 12 miles north of Menomonee, being employed by the Charles Raymer Lumber Co. In 1873 he went to Fond du Lac, in the vicinity of which place he did farm labor for a while, later operating a farm of his own in Manitowoc County. Subsequent to that he went to Two Rivers, Wis., where he worked in the sash and door factory. In 1884 he came to Monico and purchased the Monico Hotel, which he rebuilt and operated until it was burned in 1900, at which time he lost all that he had. While conducting the hotel Mr. MEYER had purchased 80 acres of wild land in the town of Monico, Oneida County, just outside the village limits, and after his hotel was destroyed he erected a small shack on this property and began to develop a farm. Up to the present time he has cleared 65 acres and erected a complete set of buildings and is profitably carrying on mixed farming and dairying. His farm buildings are electrically lighted, the power being derived from the high line. For many years Mr. MEYER has served in public office, having first been school director. He was one of the first supervisors of the town of Gagen; was the first assessor of the town of Monico, served as chairman of the Monico town board for ten years, being at the same time a member of the county board, and is now serving this third term as assessor. It was he and Henry GRAFF who had the town of Monico set off, and Mr. MEYER was also instrumental with others in having Oneida County set off from Lincoln. While serving as chairman of the town board, and as a member of the county board, he helped to lay out the state and county roads and he was for four years a member of the county road commission. It will thus be seen that he has taken a very active part in public affairs, being one of the men to whom the country owes much of its present state of development. He has always given his best efforts to the public service and is a man in whom the people of Monico town and village have full confidence. Mr. MEYER was married Nov. 6, 1874, in Manitowoc, Wis., to Mary STUECK, who was born in Manitowoc County, Dec. 2, 1854, daughter of Charles and Sophia STUECK. Her parents were early settlers in that country, coming to it from Germany in 1848. Mr. and Mrs. MEYER have had five children: Anna, who married a Mr. MEGHAR and now lives in Antigo; Laura, wife of Walter HILL of Morgan Park, Wis.; Martha, now Mrs. Albert RYLAND of Antigo; Elsie, who is Mrs. Wallace AINSWORTH of Monico; and Edward, now operating the farm for his father, the latter being practically retired from active work.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 312-313, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.

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