Randolph  County,  Indiana

A  Winchester  Newspaper
July 21, 1927
          We are again called today to pay our Christian respects to a noble citizen of our community, whose spirit has gone on to receive his reward.
          John C. Meier, the son of Larenz and Barbara Meier, was born in the village Gesees, Bavaria, Germany, on the 25th day of February, 1850, and departed from this life July 13th, at the age of 77 years, 4 months, and 14 days. His parents remained in the fatherland, and the father died November 9, 1881, and his mother in 1892. There were nine children in his father's family all of whom have now passed to the great beyond except two brothers, one, who is the eldest and is an honored citizen of Winchester, Conrad Meyers, and one just older than Mr. Meier, who is Philip Meier, of Germany.
          He was educated in the village school of his nativity, and in early life learned the trade of wagon making. In the spring of 1870, he and his brother, Conrad, decided to bid farewell to their native land and immigrated to America. It was April 9th, of that year, that they went to the church with their mother and received the Holy Communion, and then boarded the ship Cimbria, and landed in New York City a few days later and on May 4th the two borthers found themselves in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Meier made a visit to his home once since he came to the United States. On arrival in Cincinnati, he secured employment at his trade and was successful in this craft. In 1871 he decided to learn the baker's trade which he did and he found this to be a very desirable profession. On the invitation of an old time friend, Mr. Manderbach, he came to Winchester, for whom he worked for a period of five years.
          In the year 1874 he was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Keller, daughter of G. G. Keller,and to this happy union were born eleven childen, of whom seven survive.
          In 1878, Mr. Meier moved his family to Union City, where he engaged in the baking business which he continued for three years. At this time his father-in-law, G. G. Keller, of this city, who had for many years operated a grocery firm under the title of Keller and Son, desired to retire from the active business, and offered a place to Mr. Meier and on this invitation, he removed to Winchester and for many years he operated the business, retiring only a few years ago.
          He is survived by the two brothers, the widow, Mrs. Catherine Meier, and the following children, who are: Alice Woerner, of Omaha, Nebraska; Lorenz G., of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; Hugo, of Ft. Wayne; Alma Price, of St. Petersburg, Florido;(sic) Clifford, of Indianapolis; Irene Meier Davis, of this city, and Troy, of Burbank, California. Those that have preceded him are Edwin, who died in Commerce, Texas, a few years ago, and a daughter, Bertha, who reached the age of 18 and was a beautiful Christian character, besides the twins dying in infancy. He has fifteen grandchildren, and a large circle of other relatives and friends.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

A  Randolph  County  Area  Newspaper
        MEIER, Bertha C., 2nd d/o John. C. & Catherine E. (Keller) Meier. She d. Ocl 7, 1894 ae 15yrs. b. Ind. John C. b. Germany.
Contributed by Sandra Mumah

A  Randolph  County  Area  Newspaper
        MIER (MYER?), Margaret Ella, d/o Edward and Mary Lavin, b. Dec. 3, 1867-d. Sept. 22, 1891, ae 23y 9m 19d On Nov. 9, 1889 she m. Mike or Mier?/Myer, they had 2 children, both dec'd. She was the d/o E. & M. (Buck) Lavin. Wm. M. Mier, age 25 was s/o Andrew & Alma (Saxton) Mier. Mem. of the Catholic Church, bur. in Fountain Pk. Cem.
Note: Mar. rec. says she m. Wm. M. Mier at age 22y.
Contributed by Sandra Mumah

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