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Fredrick Henry Meyer

Male 1856 - 1929  (72 years)


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  • Name Fredrick Henry Meyer 
    Born 29 Sep 1856  Konighousen, Kreises Lubbecke, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 03 Apr 1929  Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Fredrick Henry Meyer, oldest son of Casper Heinrich Meyer and Florintine Louisa, was born Sep. 29, 1856 in Konighousen, Kreises Lubbecke, Germany. In order to give their children a better opportunity the family decided to sell the small farm they owned and move to America. They also wanted to avoid the compulsory military service there. Early in 1868 the permit to leave was issued in Minden to Casper, Louisa and their four children.
      In America the family first settled in Illinois. Then Casper Meyer purchased a farm near Tecumseh, Neb. During the time their house was being built they lived with the Lutheran pastor and his family. when nearly completed a prairie fire broke out and destroyed the home. They then sold out and bought another farm near Helena, Neb.
      In 1881 Mr. Meyer borrowed a spring wagon to take the family to a fourth of July celebration. The sad news came that President Garfield was shot and killed two days before, and the celebration was canceled. Outings like this were very rare, so this was quite a disappointment to the children beside the sadness of having their President shot. After living in Nebraska 16 years they decided to homestead in Kansas. Fredrick remained in Iowa where he attended college and Seminary at Waverly and Dubuque, Ia. preparing for the ministry.
      The family traveled in 2 covered wagons with 25 head of cattle, a saddle horse, and a dog. The dog disappeared after 2 days out, apparently going back to the old farm where he looked around and then caught up again with the family. Fredrick's younger brother recalled that during the 2 week trip they had to stop a few days because of rain. A kind hotel man offered Fredrick's mother and baby a free bed and another man offered to let their horses and cattle graze on volunteer wheat and rye. The rest of the family bedded themselves in the covered wagons.
      Brother Will was driving one team of horses when they came to a railroad crossing. A man waved for them to stop for a train that was coming. Will was ten years old. He thought he meant for them to come on across and started the team. His father, who could not see too well, stopped the team just in time, but so close on of the horses had to turn his head and the train caught part of the bridle. The family homesteaded 5 miles west and 1/2 mile south of Phillipsburg in Phillips Co., Ks. Fredrick remained in school until severe illness forced him to abandon his aim. He joined his family, and soon made the acquaintance of Magadalena Helene Kletke. She was the daughter of Gottlieb Klaedtke and Emilie nee Mau. Born Mar. 28, 1866 near Komgsberg, Germany, Helena came to the U.S.A. as a young lady arriving at Winfield, Ks. where her oldest brother Gottlieb and family were living. She began working in the home of John P. Baden family. On Mar. 6, 1892 Fredrick and Magdalena Helena Kletke were married. In 1893 he mad the Run at the opening of the strip in Oklahoma and successfully staked a claim at Bliss in Kay County, O.T., and lived there for 7 years.
      During these years they had 4 sons: Arthur, Walter Heinrick, Martin Gustav, and-Karl John.
      The young family relocated on a farm 2 miles east of Alva in 1901. the move was made with Fredrick's 2 brothers-in-law of billings in Noble County, Ok., Gottlieb Kletke and Edward Gustave. Their wagons carried their possessions. The ladies rode in Fredrick's "carriage with the fringe on top".
      On Fredrick's farm was a small building in which the family lived until Fredrick had their home built. A son Ernest William was born in this new home. This home was a large 2 story home which is still standing and being lived in on the farm. Here they had their first little girl, Agnes Louise.
      When Fredrick's and Helena's boys were old enough to do some of the farming Fredrick became interested in establishing a business in Alva. His first was a grocery store, later he had interest in a real estate firm. Then he ran the Farmers Elevator Company and last the Plano Harvesting Company.
      In the fall of 1917 Arthur was called to serve his country in World War I. Arthur died in Adion in the Argonne Forest of Europe Nov. 11, 1918 shortly before the Armistice was signed at the age of 25 years. The Meyer-Shield American Legion Post of Alva was named in part for Arthur Meyer.
      Martin Gustav also served in the war. he went across and remained several months after the war ended. Karl John was in training but did not have to cross the waters.
      In 1925 Fredrick and Helena retired to live in Alva making their home at 803 Third Street. Their youngest son married Elsie Meyer. They took over the farm. Walter Meyer had studied for the ministry and was ordained as Pastor of the Lutheran Church. his first parish was in Optimo, N.M. Walter married Emma Duben. Karl John married Frieda Hartwig and Agnes Louise married Herbert Petermann.
      In the spring of 1929 Fredrick decided to visit the surroundings of his boyhood in Tecumseh, Neb. While driving in the company of one of his boyhood friends, Fredrick died suddenly Apr. 3, 1929. Helena, his wife died May 27, 1948.
      They were lifetime members of the Lutheran Church and are buried in the Lutheran Cemetery southeast of Alva.

      Ernest W. Meyer, 1976.
    Person ID I0243  Kletke-Durham
    Last Modified 22 Aug 2009 

    Father Casper Heinrich Meyer 
    Mother Florintine Louisa 
    Family ID F208  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Magadalena Helene Kletke,   b. 28 Mar 1866, Alexen, East Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1948, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 6 Mar 1892 
    Children 
     1. Arthur Meyer,   d. 11 Nov 1918, Argonne Forest, Adion, Europe Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Walter Heinrick Meyer,   b. 4 Sep 1894, Bliss, Kay, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1974, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     3. Martin Gustav Meyer
     4. Karl John Meyer,   b. 30 Nov 1899, Bliss, Kay, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1961, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     5. Ernest William Meyer,   b. 13 Apr 1902, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1975, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     6. Agnes Louise Meyer,   b. 10 Mar 1907, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1973  (Age 65 years)
    Family ID F101  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Fredrick & Magadalena Helene Meyer
    Fredrick & Magadalena Helene Meyer
    Meyer Family
    Meyer Family
    Fredrick & Magadalena Helene Meyer with their children Arthur, Walter, Martin, Karl, Ernest & Agnes

    Headstones
    Fredrick Meyer
    Fredrick Meyer
    Headstone for Fredrick Meyer