BioA: Meier, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph E. (Golden - 1958)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Meier, Dobes, Chapman,
Zschernitz, Kurka, Meihak, Quast, Beyer, Seidelman, Genteman,
Heikan, Neff, Wendel
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) September 11, 1958
Meier, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph (Golden - 14
The marriage which took place in the
Presbyterian Church, Neillsville, September 14, 1908, of Adolph E.
Meier and Christina Dobes, will be observed Sunday. The Rev. W.
Chapman officiated at the original wedding with the bride’s
sister, Mathilda Dobes (now Mrs. Carl Zschernitz) and Joe Kurka, (now deceased) as attendants.
Adolph Meier, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
William Meier, was born March 18, 1888, a mile south of Day’s
corner, in Levis, and has been a resident of Levis all of his
life. Christine Dobes was the daughter of Frank Dobes, Sr.,
of Levis, and is a sister of Undersheriff Frank Dobes of
Neillsville. Mr. Meier was born on the 120-acre farm later
owned by Henry Seidelman and now owned by William
After the marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Meier
purchased the William Heikan farm (owned earlier by Dorr Neff,
father of Charles Neff) and moved to the farm on Highway 73 in
Levis in 1909. Twelve children were born to the mar* (line
missing) Frank C. of Salem, Ore.; Mrs. Albert (Ella) Meihak of Pine
Valley; William H., of Neillsville; Arthur G. of Pine Valley; Mrs.
Fred (Dorothy) Quast of Seif; Louis A., Levis; Mrs. Harold (Helen)
Beyer, of Mineral Point; Charles C., of Owen; Clarence C.,
operating the home farm in Levis; and Raymond and Elsie, who died
in infancy. (*Because of one line missing we are missing the
one child’s name.)
In addition to farming in southern Clark
County, Mr. Meier served 12 years as school clerk of the Carlisle
district, 12 years as road superintendent of Levis, and 12 years as
a foreman of the Clark County Nursery.
Reminiscing of pioneer days in Clark
County recently, Mr. Meier said, "I remember when Dad cut the grain
with a cradle, when mother tied it into bundles, and we threshed
the grain with a flail on the barn floor. On a windy day we
poured the grain from one container to another to blow out some of
"I remember also the first reaper, a two
wheel contraption with rakes that pushed the cut grain onto a
platform, a man had to walk along and tie each bundle before it
dropped off the platform. The first threshing machine, about 1893,
was powered by horses, usually six, that walked ‘round and
‘round to furnish power. In 1895, we saw the first
steam powered threshing machine, operated by a belt, pulled from
farm to farm by horses.
"In those days all grain was stacked in a
barn or in outdoor (part of the memories of Mr. Meier are
(More missing lines), room and
board. I milked 14 cows night and morning and did all of the
"I remember selling eggs at six cents per
dozen, homemade butter at eight cents per pound. In those
days stores would buy the farm produce with the understanding that
it be traded out or a due bill would be accepted for later
"In 1910, two years after our marriage,
the summer of the drought, we sold hay in the field for $20 per
ton. Very few farms in Clark County threshed any grain.
It didn’t grow tall enough to cut. The next year was the year
of the flood, when harvested grain grew in the shock, too wet to
get a machine in field and it all spoiled. We sold cattle in
1915 for 75 cents per hundred and hogs at two cents per
pound. No one raised any veal calves. The milk to raise
them was of more value than the calf. The calf was destroyed
immediately after birth.
"When we purchased our farm in 1909 we
paid $18 tax, and today the tax on the farm is $200. During the 12
years I served as school clerk I saw the teacher’s salary
increase from $18 to $45 per month."
In 1941 Mr. Meier took over duties as
foreman at the county nursery in Hewett Township which had been
started two years before. "Each year, during the 11
succeeding years," said Mr. Meier, "we planted from 200,000 to
300,000 two-year-old trees in the nursery, and about the same
number of four year transplants were planted in the reforestation
program. During the first years, we planted the fields of
former farms in Dewhurst, Hewett, Mentor, and Foster. In
1939, with WPA labor, 20 men were employed in planting in Sherwood
Mrs. Meier has been confined to her home
for the last 12 years.
In addition to the children, Mr. Meier
has a sister and two brothers, Mrs. Henry Seidelman of Neillsville,
Henry of Chicago and Albert of Babcock. In addition to Mr.
Dobes, and Mrs. Carl Zschernitz, Mrs. Meier has another sister,
Mrs. Frank Wendel of North Judson, Ind.
Relatives and friends will gather at St. John’s Lutheran School Sunday for Open House in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Meier.
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