with all the details of this
business. He was married in that place to Miss Jennie
Piersol, who died eight years later, leaving one son,
John D., who came to Nebraska, and died in Pawnee
City, in 1876.
Mr. Rice left Illinois in December,
1872, and coming to Pawnee City purchased a stock of
drugs of his brother, August Rice, and continued the
business at the same stand successfully until 1879, at
which time he sold out, and retired from active
business, with the exception of some dealings in real
estate, and the loaning of money.
Our subject contracted a second
marriage in October, 1873, with Miss Florence W.
Humphrey, of Jefferson City, Iowa. This lady was born
in April, 1856, and is the daughter of J. H. and
Harriet (Lee) Humphrey, who were natives of
Connecticut, and are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Rice
are the parents of one child, a son, Marcus A., Jr.,
who was born July 13, 1887. He purchased his present
residence in 1888. It stands in the southeastern part
of the city, and with its surroundings forms one of
the most attractive homes.
A strong supporter of Republican
principles, Mr. Rice, although no office-seeker, has
been quite prominent in local affairs, serving as
County Treasurer and Mayor of Pawnee City one term.
His elder brother, August, formerly of Pawnee City, is
now a resident of Hastings, this State. Charles is a
practicing physician of St. Joseph, Mo. His sister
Catherine E. is the wife of Joseph Lamaster, of
Lincoln. Another sister, Juliet, is the wife of A. B.
Johnson, residing at Lewistown, Ill. Sarah W. married
Dr. J. B. McDowell, and died it Mason City, Ill.,
about 1879. The paternal grandfather, Asaph Rice, was
of English ancestry, and spent his last years in
Illinois, dying at the advanced age of ninety-six.
C. F. MEYER. As a well-read and skillful practitioner,
the physician with whose name this sketch is
introduced occupies no unimportant position in a
community of intelligent people. His practice equals
that of any member of the profession in this county,
and although his time is amply employed in connection
with the duties of his profession, he still finds time
to keep pace with all the practical details and
improvements constantly pressing themselves upon the
attention of the fraternity. He is a man in the prime
of life, having been born Nov. 6, 1834, in the city
and Kingdom of Hanover.
In accordance with the laws and
customs of the German Empire, young Meyer was placed
in school when a lad of six years, and pursued his
studies quite steadily until a youth of fourteen.
Afterward he spent a term in the military school at
Hanover, and then served in the German Army five
years. At the expiration of this time he determined to
seek his fortunes in the New World, and making his way
to Bremen, embarked on a sailing-vessel for America,
which landed him in New York City six weeks later.
From there he proceeded to Chicago, Ill., where he
sojourned two years engaged in farming near that city.
The outbreak of the Civil War now furnished employment
to thousands of young and vigorous men, and soon after
the first call for troops our subject enlisted in
Company B, 1st Illinois Cavalry, being assigned to the
Army of the Potomac, and sent to Western Virginia
under command of Gen. Rosecrans. Not long afterward he
met the enemy in battle at Cheap Mountain and
Fredericksburg, also at Cross Lane, and other minor
engagements. At one time the soldiers obtained very
little rest either night or day. Mr. Meyer fortunately
escaped wounds and capture, and at the expiration of
his term of enlistment was honorably discharged in
June, 1863. Returning to Chicago, Ill., our subject
joined his parents, who in the meantime had emigrated
to America, and lived with them on a farm in Cook
County until turning his steps toward the farther
West. In the year 1865, coming to this county, he
homesteaded 160 acres of land in Cincinnati Precinct,
which he improved, and from which he constructed a
good farm. He operated there successfully until 1883,
then retiring from the active labors of rural life,
took up his abode in Pawnee City, where he has since
lived. It had been his intention since a young man, to
take up the study of medicine at some convenient time,
which time, however, did not arrive until after coming
to Nebraska. He