John Meyers (deceased), who for over half a century was a well known and highly respected citizen of this community, was born In Tazewell County, August 26, 1838, the son of A. Louis and Fannie (Halfinger) Meyers. His education was acquired in the country schools. On March 12, 1863, he was married in the town of Dillon to Miss Mary A. Halfinger, who was born March 28, 1842. Six children were born to them, of whom only Joseph A. is living. Frank E. died February 12. 1896, aged twenty- nine years; and Katie Mabel November 22, 1899, aged twenty-nine years. Three other children died in Infancy.
Mr. and Mrs. Meyers began their married life in Sand Prairie Township and became quite successful, eventually acquiring 500 acres of valuable land. In 1893 they moved to Pekin and erected a handsome residence at the corner of South Fourth and Walnut Streets, where Mrs. Meyers has continued to reside since the death of her husband, which occurred May 12, 1897.
Mr. Meyers was a man of very strong character and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He took a prominent part in local politics and was at one time Supervisor of Sand Prairie Township, besides holding other county offices. His son, Joseph A., is now residing on the old homestead at Green Valley, Ill.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1045
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