Idaho County Free Press

Thursday, November 19, 1925

Three Pioneers of Idaho County Answer Last Call

Roll Call of Early Settlers Grows Less and Less Each Succeeding Year


  HENRY MEYER was born in Verden, Hanover, Germany on July 28, 1852, and died in Grangeville, Idaho on November 17, 1925, at the age of 73 years, three months, and 20 days.

  He came to America from his native land at the age of 18 years, and came westward from New York to Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, Oregon, and California, and from California to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho by covered wagon, arriving in Idaho County in 1879. He located a homestead in that year, nine miles west of Grangeville, which now adjoins the town of Fenn. He was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Von Berge on December 21, 1886. Five children being born to this union, three daughters and two sons. Miss Sophie Meyer, who passed away January 11, 1907 and Mrs. Metha Spencer, who died on December 26, 1923. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Mrs. Minnie Meyer, and one daughter Alvina Meyer, residing in Grangeville, and two sons; France Meyer and Carl Meyer, who live on farms nine miles west of Grangeville.

  Henry Meyer served Idaho County as a member of the State Legislature, and as a county commissioner, and at the time of his death was a director in the Bank of Camas Prairie, and a director in the Union Warehouse and Supply Company. He was a member of the IOOF Lodge of this city.

  Although born in the old country, Mr. Meyer was a true American and his patriotism to the country of his adoption was never questioned during the war. He was one of the most successful farmers on the Camas Prairie, and his heart and pocket book were always open to the needy or to his friends who needed assistance.

  He left as a monument to the thrift industry and hard word of his lifetime, a splendid holding of over a thousand acres of Camas Prairie's best land. He will long be remembered in Idaho County, which he helped develop.

  One of the largest crowds to attend a funeral, in the history of Idaho County, assembled to do honor to his memory. The stores and banks closed during the funeral hour. He was buried in the Denver Cemetery, near the old townsite of that name, in the beautiful prairie he loved so well.

[Of note: John Mathison and Susan F. Wilkins (Seay were the other two deaths but I did not copy at the time


Submitted by Chris Cornett



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