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
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
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