Meyers, Mathias (History - 1883)


Janet Schwarze




 ----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

MATHIAS MEYERS, proprietor of Clover Leaf Cheese Factory, in Worden Township, Clark County, is a man who has won high reputation in the cheese-making industry, and is doing a successful business where he is now located. He was born in Sheboygan County, Wis., Sept. 24, 1883, son of Peter and Catherine (Kleinhans) Meyers. Both the father and mother were born and reared in Germany and came to this country with their respective parents when young. Peter Meyers, who was one of the pioneer cheese makers of Sheboygan County, in 1884, moved to St. Anna, Wis., a village situated nor far from Fond du Lac, where he engaged in the cheese business, conducted a creamery and also a store and saloon. At one time he opened a cheese factory in Calumet County, this state.


He retired from active business life in 1909 and is now living at Kiel, Wis. His wife died in 1907 at the age of 62 years. Their family consisted of seven children: Lena, now Mrs. Joe Turba, of Kiel Maggie, who resides in Chicago John, a jeweler at New Ulm, Minn. Mary, wife of Nick Gregoire, of Sheboygan County, Wis. Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Konz, and Annie, wife of John Stemper, both of Sheboygan County, and Mathias, subject of this sketch. Mathias Meyer learned the art of cheese-making from his brother John, in his father's factory, and acquired a thorough knowledge of it.


In 1910 he came to Clark County and in 1911 bought out the interests of Frank Pritzel, then proprietor of the Clover Leaf Factory, which he has since conducted himself with profitable results. That he is well qualified to succeed in this business is evidenced by the fact that he has in the past won various prizes for excellence in this branch of industry. These prizes include two gold medals, one of which was awarded to him Jan. 10, 1912, at Milwaukee, for the best cheese made, and the other received in 1916 at Stratford, Wis., from the Central Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Buttermakers' and Dairying Association. In 1909 he also carried off the second prize, a silver cup, given by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association at 'Milwaukee. The Butter, Cheese Egg Journal, of Wisconsin, issue of Jan. 14, 1914, mentions the remarkable record of Mr. Meyers as being highly commendable, and speaks of his average of $93.9 covering a period of six years' exhibitions at Madison. In 1916 his score at the Chippewa Falls Fair was $94.25, and he has also scored highly in other places in Wisconsin, as well as in other states. In 1917 he won first premiums at the Wisconsin State Fair, the Indiana State Fair, and the Chippewa Falls Fair, and third prize at the Missouri State Fair.


The Clover Leaf Cheese Factory was started in 1895, by Frank Pretzel, the building being erected that year, and since Mr. Meyers became proprietor he has made a number of improvements. In addition to the factory there is a two-story residence on the ground. In 1917 the factory received over two and a third million pounds of milk.


Mr. Meyers was married Jan. 20, 1913, to Mamie Boll, who was born in Calumet County, Wis., Mar. 11, 1890, daughter of Gabriel and Magdaline (Peters) Boll. Her father, who was a farmer, died in June, 1916, at the age of 67 years, and her mother in 1913, at the age of 66. Their children were: John, Kate, Joseph, Antoin, Bertha, Rosa, Anna, Mamie and Tena. Mr. And Mrs. Meyers are the parents of two children. Dorothy, born Nov. 9, 1913, and Irene, born Mar. 21, 1915. The family faith is that of the Catholic Church.



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