|Birth: ||Sep. 20, 1836, Germany|
|Death: ||Dec. 10, 1919|
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Times, CA, Thursday, December 11, 1919
NIEMEYER. December 10. Mary A. Niemeyer, beloved mother of William A. Schmees, Mrs. Obdulia Delaney, Mrs. E. P. Markey, Mrs. A. C. May, Atalus J. and Linus J. Niemeyer, aged 83 years.
Funeral December 12 at 9 a.m. from chapel of Cunningham & O'Connor, 1031 South Grand avenue. Requiem mass at St. Joseph's Church at 9:30 a.m. Interment. Calvary Cemetery.
Historical and Biographical Record of Southern California by J. M. Guinn, A.M., Chapman Publishing Company, Chicago, 1902. Pages 583, 584
HENRY NIEMEYER. From the time of his arrival in California in 1873 until his death in 1891, Mr. Niemeyer was identified with the vineyard interests of the vicinity of Los Angeles. Born in Prussia in 1820, he learned the merchant tailor's trade in boyhood and followed the same for some years. When twenty-two years of age he came to America. After a short sojourn in Cincinnati, Ohio, he went to Guttenberg, Iowa, where he conducted a merchant tailoring establishment. From there he came to California and embarked in the wine manufacturing business, buying a vineyard on Central, between Ninth and Twelfth streets. Somewhat later he bought a tract in the Eagle Rock district and also planted it in grapes.
At Guttenberg, Iowa, April 28, 1866, occurred the marriage of Henry Niemeyer to Mrs. Mary Anne (Weber) Schmees, who was born in Bavara, September 20, 1836. Her father, Nicolas Weber, who was a weaver in Bavaria, brought his family to America in the spring of 1837 and followed gardening in Cincinnati for eight years. In 1845, while Iowa was still a territory, he settled at Guttenberg and began to farm near that town. The remainder of his life was passed in that place. His wife, Catherine (Roth) Weber, was born in Bavaria and died in Iowa. Of their one son and four daughters, Mary A. was second and she alone of all the family now lives in California. Of the voyage to America she has no recollection, being only an infant when the family spent sixty-four days on the ocean, finally landing in New Orleans. In the schools her education was limited, but in that great school of experience, usefulness and labor, she had an abundant education, and thus were developed traits of kindliness, good will, energy and perserverance which have stood her in good stead through all her life. When sixteen years of age she left her father's home for that of her husband, becoming the bride of John Schmees, a native of Hanover, who came to America about 1845, and for a time was cutter in a tailoring establishment in St. Louis. In 1852 he settled in Guttenberg, where he was proprietor of a merchant tailor shop until his death in 1861. Three children were born of this marriage, two of whom are living, namely: William N. Schmees, who resides with his mother at Verdugo; and Mrs. Salome E. Obdulia Delaney, of Los Angeles. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Neimeyer were born four children, now living, viz.: Eleanora, Mrs. Markey, of Los Angeles; Atalus, proprietor of a winery on Central avenue, Los Angeles; Catherine, Mrs. May, of Los Angeles; and Linus, who enlisted in the First California Heavy Artillery and was sent to the Philippine Islands, where he served until the expiration of his term of service.
At one time, Mr. and Mrs. Niemeyer had ten acres in Los Angeles, six being in vines and the balance in an orchard. Of this they gave thirty feet to Central avenue and a similar amount to Twelfth street, and also gave sixty feet to Eleventh street. In the possession of Mrs. Niemeyer is retained three and one-half acres on Central, between Ninth and Eleventh streets, and on this property stands the family residence. In addition she owns Eagle Rock vineyard, comprising fifty-eight acres, of which forty-one are in vines, producing wine and table grapes. The property is under the personal supervision of Mrs. Niemeyer and its thrifty appearance proves her careful and capable oversight. The name "Eagle Rock" was given by Mr. Niemeyer on account of the proximity of the tract to the famous Eagle rock. At the time they bought here there were no orchards below except one owned by Mr. Crow, and no attempt had as yet been made to raise grapes, the entire land for miles around being used as a sheep range. All of the subsequent improvement she has witnessed and has contributed thereto by the capable supervision of her property, thus encouraging others in making similar investments. In religion she is a member of Cathedral parish of Los Angeles.
John Henry Schmees (1822 - 1861)
Henry Bernard Niemeyer (1832 - 1891)
William Nicholas Schmees (1855 - 1945)*
Anna Catherine Thecla Schmees (1858 - 1859)*
Salome Elizabeth Obdulia Schmees Delany (1859 - 1940)*
Eleanora P. Niemeyer Markey (1867 - 1949)*
Atalus Joseph Niemeyer (1868 - 1942)*
Anna Catherine Niemeyer May (1872 - 1948)*
Linus John Niemeyer (1874 - 1949)*
Los Angeles County
Plot: Grave 11, Lot 2013, Section E
Created by: Jane Marie Morrison
Record added: Mar 07, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18295366