ANTONE MEYER, deceased, a late member of the brewery firm of Meyer & Wochner, was a native of Baden, Germany, and born on the River Rhine, in April, 1832. He was educated in his native country, and when sixteen years of age sailed for America, landing at New York City. There he learned the brewing business, and then proceeded to St. Louis, Mo., afterward to Muscatine, Iowa, and thence to Springfield, Ill., remaining in the latter city two years.

In July, 1862, he came to Bloomington and purchased a small brewery on the site of where the present large one is now located. He formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, Francis X. Wochner, which continued until the death of our subject, in April, 1883. They were prospered in their undertaking, and in due time erected a large building where they operated an extensive and profitable business.

Mr. Meyer was married in 1862, to Miss Sophia M. Wochner, second daughter of Francis X. and Elizabeth (Maurer) Wochner. She was born in Sangamon County, Ill., and by her marriage with our subject became the mother of six children—Henry, Sophia, Antone, William, Edward and Oscar Joseph.

Mrs. Meyer and all her children are members of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Since the death of the husband and father, there has been no change in the name of the firm, the widow representing her husband in the business in a creditable and efficient manner.

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), 336. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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