|Birth: ||Aug. 27, 1842, Germany|
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 1904|
STARVED HIMSELF TO DEATH
J. G. Myers, a Wealthy Farmer Near Carthage,
Dies After Fasting for Forty-Nine Days
Carthage, Mo., Feb 4.--J. G. Myers, a farmer nine miles northeast of here, died yesterday afternoon, having starved himself to death. He had not eaten food for 49 days, according to a statement made by two local physicians who had been called to examine him. Myers was a believer in a form of spiritualism and said recently that his wife was calling to him in Heaven to come to her. He also was a Christian scientist and called no physicians until he was near death. Myers was 60 years of age and owned a fine farm.
(from Carthage Press, Feb. 4, 1904)
(Correct spelling was Meyer, not Myers. MM)
The following information was provided by Contributor Kingfisher. I am happy to include it in this memorial.
"from the County History of Jasper County, Missouri on page 883-4 (doc274).
Joseph G. Meyer, farmer and stock-raiser, section 21, post-office Carthage. He was born in the principality of Hohenzollern, Germany, August 27, 1842, where he was reared to manhood and acquired a good education in his native language; he also mastered the trade of cabinet maker. He landed in New York in 1864. His first impressions of the land of the free were not all that encouraging, as he was without means. But he possessed a stout heart and a pair of strong arms, and a disposition to work. Not knowing where to obtain employment at his trade, he started to work in a grain elevator the day of his arrival. After six weeks of this labor he obtained work in a cabinet shop, and three months later left the city of New York and took a situation in a cabinet shop at Troy, where he worked three years. He worked in Schoharie County two years; then he turned his face westward and rambled about for some time, going first to St. Louis, then to Kansas, back to St. Louis, and thence to New Orleans. From there he went to Austin, Texas, where he married Mrs. Maria Bouldin, Aug. 20, 1871; and after a visit to the native home of his wife in Athens, Ohio, he settled in Jasper County, Mo., in 1872. He purchased the land upon which they now reside. It was then a wild unbroken prairie, but by hard industrious labor, have caused it to blossom as the rose. The farm comprises 160 acres, well improved, with good buildings, orchard, etc. By toil and industry they have accumulated a nice property, and are much respected by the community. Mr. Meyer is an enthusiastic admirer of American institutions, and much prefers it to the fatherland. Porter Wilson, the father of Mrs. Meyer, resides on the old homestead in Athens, Ohio. He is a native of Virginia, of an old Virginia family."
Nora Meyer (1876 - 1904)*
Maria Wilson Meyer (1832 - 1884)*
Marrie Elizabeth Baldauf Meyer (1851 - 1896)*
Maria Magdalena Meyer (1866 - 1948)*
Marie Elizabeth Meyer Steinberg (1886 - 1977)*
Agnes Josephine Meyer Macy (1888 - 1982)*
Joseph G. Meyer (1892 - 1892)*
George I. Meyer (1904 - 1904)*
"Gone But Not Forgotten"
Plot: Section 5, Lot 8.5
Created by: Mac Mitchell
Record added: Oct 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42767207
My great-grandfather, who left his family and first wife and daughter in Gammertingen, Germany, to start a new life in America.|
Added: Aug. 22, 2010