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Erie Cemetery History Project

Albert John Meyer (1884-1968)
Minnie Ruth (Hudson) Meyer (1890-1967)

Albert John Meyer was born January 30, 1884, in LaMoille, Bureau County, IL, the son of Henry and Catherine (Schmidt) Meyer. Mr. Meyer attended grade schools. He had a light complexion, hazel eyes, and stood about 5 foot 10. He had dark hair that greyed and thinned as he aged.

Minnie Ruth Hudson was born January 25, 1890, in Erie, the daughter of George Thomas and Ruth (Dicks) Hudson. She was graduated from eighth-grade, which she attended twice for extra learning since she was unable to attend high school. She had blue eyes, and stood about 5 foot 6, but was bent over because of back trouble.

On October 7, 1908, Mr. Meyer was married to Miss Hudson at the home of George and Ruth Hudson just outside Erie along the Rock River. They had one daughter, Alberta Ruth Meyer Strohman. Mr. Meyer was a farmer, and Mrs. Meyer was a homemaker.

Mr. Meyer farmed around Erie and Port Byron his entire adult life. He was a bell-ringer at Erie Methodist Church. He loved horses and maintained his farm horses until they died, even after getting tractors. He usually vacationed with his twin brother. He enjoyed bowling. He was rather quiet in groups and preferred small groups.

Mrs. Hudson was an early member of the County Homemakers group. She belonged to several church organizations. She kept a diary of her daily activities. She generally vacationed with travel groups and loved to travel. She loved being with people and doing new things. She enjoyed birdwatching and reading

Mr. and Mrs. Meyer were active members of Erie Methodist Church. They spent winters in Arizona and Florida later in life. They would arrange for friends and relatives to go to the same places, so they had great times.

M. Joyce Strohman writes: "My grandmother found it important to see that the flowers were kept up on the many family members' graves at Erie Cemetery. I used to go with and help."

(Information from M. Joyce Strohman)