FREDERICK MEYER, senior member of the firm of Meyer & Martens, merchant tailors of Bloomington, is a gentleman
skilled in his trade and occupying a good position in the business community. He is a native of Germany, having
been born in Prussia, March 17, 1840. His parents, Christopher and Dora T. Elizabeth (Thiede) Meyer, emigrated
to America in 1852, landing in New York City, whence they came immediately West and located in Bloomington, this
State, where they settled permanently and spent the remainder of their lives. The mother departed this life Jan.
28, 1881, and the father Nov. 17, 1885. Their four children, all sons, are still living.
Frederick Meyer of this sketch was started to school when six years of age and continued until fourteen. He then commenced to learn the tailor's trade, at which he served an apprenticeship of three years, and then worked as a “jour” while in his native country. After his arrival in Bloomington he continued at his trade, and in 1872 went into business on his own account as a merchant tailor. In this he was eminently successful, having a good knowledge of the business and being skilled in all its departments. He entered into partnership with Charles Martens in 1873, and they have since operated together profitably and harmoniously.
Mr. Meyer was married in 1864, to Miss Dora T. Pagels of Bloomington, and they have three sons: Edward F., in the grocery business; Otto C., a tailor by trade, and Albert W., still a youth and attending the High School.
The family residence is pleasantly located at No. 606 West Jackson street, and our subject and his family enjoy the esteem of many friends. Mr. Meyer is a member of Uhl Lodge No. 305, I. O. O. F., the German Free School Society, Mutual Aid No. 6, the Turner Society, and Rebecca Degree Lodge No. 85 [ed., probably the Rebekahs]. In many of these he has occupied all the chairs and has often represented various fraternities at the meetings of the Grand Lodge. He is serving his second term as President of the Turners.
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), 332. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards