McLean County, Illinois
CHARLES C. MAYER, an enterprising German citizen of Leroy, was born in Schwenningen [ed., Villingen-Schwenningen], in the Kingdom of Wurtemberg [ed., Baden-Württemberg], Germany, Nov. 19, 1847.
He is the son of Lawrence and Anna Maria (Haller) Mayer, who were also natives of the same Province, the father being a cooper by trade, which he followed in his native country until 1863. He then started for the United States, embarking at Havre, France, in June, and landing in New York City in August.
From there he proceeded to Buffalo, and engaged in a sash and blind factory. He then journeyed West to Michigan, and locating in Ann Arbor spent the last years of his life there with his son. The mother had died in Schwenningen, in 1859.
Four of their children accompanied the father to America: George lives in Avoca, Iowa, and is a jeweler by trade; John is a cabinet-maker, and lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.; our subject was the next oldest; Kate died in Wisconsin; Jacob, the eldest son of the family, served in the German army, and died there from the effects of wounds received in battle.
The subject of this history attended school in his native country until he was fourteen years old, and was then apprenticed to watch and clock making, serving at this until his departure for the United States. After reaching Buffalo he learned the barber's trade, at which he afterward worked in Cincinnati, St. Louis and Bloomington.
In 1867 he came to Leroy, and opening a barber-shop continued his former occupation until 1881. In the meantime he added to it the jewelry business, and in 1881 disposed of the barber-shop, since then having devoted his entire attention to his trade in jewelry and the repairing of watches and clocks. His is the only establishment of the kind in the city, and yields him a handsome income.
Mr. Mayer was married in Leroy, on the 10th of July, 1871, to Miss Nannie J. Gibbs, who was born in Leroy, and is the daughter of John and Mary Gibbs. Mr. and Mrs. M. have become the parents of six children Edith, George, John L., Charles, Bertha and Frank.
The family attend the Lutheran Church, and our subject in politics uniformly casts his vote with the Democratic party. He is a member of the City Council and Collector of Taxes, and socially belongs to Leroy Lodge No. 221, A. F. & A. M. [ed., Ancient Free and Accepted Masons].
[Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 316. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.]
CITIZENSHIP FOOTNOTE: 232 MAYER, CHARLES C. Nat. Rec. Bk. 44 p. 70 5 October 1880 Final Order; From Germany [McLean County Immigration]
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