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Samuel Meister (1861-1922)
Born in Bay City, took over father's busiess.

  • Added March, 2014.

    Portrait and Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1892


    Samuel Meister, who is the manager of the firm of R. Meister & Son, is carrying on a fine business which was established by his father in 1879. They are dealers in iron, steel and metals of all kinds, as well as machinery. They have recently added to their plant a large machine shop for the manufacture of boilers and engines, filling orders for plants and machinery, not only throughout this State but to distant parts of the country. Their plant covers three blocks and they have two offices in Bay City.

    Richard Meister, the father of our subject, was born in Kempen, Prussia, Germany, in 1822, and there received his education and engaged in the mercantile business. In 1862 he came to the United States, bringing his wife, Rachel, and his eight children, who had been born there, and came to Bay City in 1866. The only sons now living are our subject and William, who is also in business in Bay City.

    The father began business here in clothing and gentlemen's furnishing goods, and remained in that line of trade until he established his present business. He was a member of the Congregational Church, and a member of the I. O. B. B. At the time of his death, which took place May 24, 1887, his wife assumed his share of the business, which she still carries on.

    Our subject was born October 3, 1861, and was a child when his father came to this city. He received his education in the public and private schools here, and then took private lessons. He was early associated with his father in the clothing business, but while still young began to give his attention to machinery, and in 1877 sold out his interest in the clothing line and established the present works, beginning in a small way and gradually increasing it to its present dimensions. At first he employed only one man but now has thirty men in his employ, most of them are skilled mechanics. He has never been active in politics as he has too much business to attend to to handle outside matters.

    Mr. Meister is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He also belongs to the Reformed Temple of Bay City. His business associates speak of him in the highest terms as to both character and ability. His sisters are Rosa, wife of William Meister; Hattie, who married M. Roman; Esther, who is Mrs. A. Jacobson, of Reed City, and Bertha, wife of Israel Hamberger, of Luddington.

    Additional Notes:

      1879 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

    • Meister, Samuel fur dealer, res. 115 S. Jefferson, cor. 6th.

      1893 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

    • Meister, Rachel (wid. Richard, R. Meister & Son), res. Jefferson, n. e. cor. 6th
    • Meister, R & Son - (Rachel and Samuel), 2d hand machinery, cor. N. Sherman and M.C.R.R.
    • Meister, Samuel (R. Meister & Son), pres. Dry Dock Iron Co., bds. Jefferson, n. e. cor. 6th.

      1894 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

    • Meister, Samuel b. 1862
    • Fannie, wife b. 1870
    • Rachel, mother b. 1829

      1896 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

    • Meister, Richard (R. Meister & Son), res 501 6th.
    • Meister R. & Son (Richard and Samuel), junk, 501 6th
    • Meister, Samuel (R. Meister & Son), res 501 6th.

      1900 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

    • Meister, Samuel b. Oct. 1862, Germany.
    • Fannie, wife b. Sep. 1871, Illinois.
    • Rachel, mother b. Oct. 1830, Germany.

      1915 Michigan Manufacture & Financial Record, Vol. 16.

    • Bay City Bank Picks Officers The following have been elected officers of the Farmers State, bank, of Bay City: Frederick Mohr, president; Clifford G. Olmstead and Samuel Meister, vice-presidents, and William S. Fotheringham, cashier.

      1922 Hyatt Funeral Home Records.

    • Samuel Meister, died Aug. 22, 1922.

  • Reference Notes & Pages

    Related Pages:
    - Meister, Doria
    People Referenced
    Fotheringham, Wm. S.
    Jacobson, A. (bro-inlaw)
    Hamberger, Israel (bro-inlaw)
    Olmstead, Clifford G.
    Meister, Berth (sis)
    Meister, Esther (sis)
    Meister, Hattie (sis)
    Meister, Rachel (mother)
    Meister, Richard (father)
    Meister, Rosa (step-sis)
    Meister, Samuel (subject)
    Meister, William (bro)
    Mohr, Frederick
    Roman, M. (bro-inlaw)
    Subjects Referenced
    Bay City, MI
    Farmers State Bank
    Hyatt Funeral Home
    Ludington, MI
    Reed City, MI
    R. Meister & Sons
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.