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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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E. W. Mayer.

E. W. Mayer, who has spent his entire life in Adair county and is numbered among its prosperous agriculturists, owns and cultivates five hundred and twenty acres of valuable land in Grand River township.  His birth occurred on the 22d of May, 1875, his parents being John and Carolina (Volk) Mayer, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Ohio.  John Mayer came to the United States in boyhood and at an early day took up his abode among the pioneer residents of Adair county, Iowa, settling on a farm in Grand River township.  He now makes his home in Denver, Colorado, where the death of his wife occurred in 1911 at University Place.  To them were born six children, five of whom still survive.

E. W. Mayer attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and remained under the parental roof until twenty-two years of age.  He then started out as an agriculturist on his own account, purchasing five hundred and twenty acres of land on sections 25 and 36, Grand River township, on which he has made a number of substantial improvements and has successfully carried on farming to the present time.  He also makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock of all kinds, this branch of his business materially augmenting his annual income.  The prosperity which he now enjoys has come as the direct reward of his own efforts and industry, and he is well worthy of recognition among the successful and representative citizens of his native county.

In 1897 Mr. Mayer was united in marriage to Miss Lyda Ross, a native of Adair county, Iowa, and a daughter of David and Mary (Simpson) Ross, who were born in the states of Ohio and Kentucky respectively.  They came to Iowa at an early day but subsequently removed to California, where the father passed away and where the mother is still living.  Their children were six in number.  Mr. and Mrs. Mayer have two children, Harold D. and Nellie R.

At the polls Mr. Mayer supports the men and measures of the republican party and he has rendered service in the interests of education as a member of the school board.  Fraternally he is identified with the Masonic order, belonging to the blue lodge at Orient, and both he and his wife attend the services of the Methodist Episcopal church.  They are widely recognized as people of the highest respectability and have a host of warm friends in the county where they have always lived.



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