CHARLES H. MEISNER, one of
the prosperous and highly-esteemed business men of Birnamwood, Shawano
county, was born in Newton township, Manitowoc Co., Wis., February 14,
1860, and is a son of Frederick and Magarette (Steltzer) Meisner, both
natives of Germany.
Frederick Meisner was born February 5, 1825, in Mechlenburg,
Germany, and after the death of his father he, with his mother and the
rest of the family, came to America in 1849, settling in Manitowoc county.
Here the mother lived to the good old age, dying in 1888. The parental
family comprised six children, namely John, Frederick, Joseph,
Dora, Josephine and Mary. The mother of our subject was born in Bavaria
about the year 1832. Her mother died in Germany, and about 1850 she came
to America with her father and her three brothers; John, William
and Nicholas—and three sisters—Mary, Cathrena and Lena. Her father
was a farmer by occupation. Frederick Meisner had six children of
whom Charles H., Frederick J. and Henry are living; William died when four
years old; John when an infant, and a daughter, Bertha, when nine months
old. This worthy couple at present reside on a farm purchased by Mr. Meisner
some thirty-seven years ago, and which is situated near Manitowoc City.
They are consistent members of the German Lutheran Church, and Frederick
Meisner is a stanch Republican, although he has never taken a very active
part in political matters.
Charles H. Meisner was reared to the life of a farmer's boy,
obtaining his education in the common schools, and assisting his father
upon the farm until he was of age. He then spent several summers working
upon a farm. In June, 1884, in company with John Roepke, he came to Birnamwood,
where he bought out a store owned by Hunter and Cole, and organized the
firm of Roepke & Meisner, proprietors of a general mercantile store.
In 1889 they commenced the manufacture of lumber, buying and repairing
a mill and furnishing employment to fifteen men, on an average. Both
these gentlemen have built themselves handsome residences, and have dealt
extensively in real estate, now owning some 1,300 acres of timber and farming
lands. Charles H. Meisner was married January 4, 1884 to Miss Meta Pleuss,
who was born in the same town and county as her husband. She is a
daughter of Frederick and Mary (Levereriz) Pleuss, natives of Germany;
who came to, America about 1850. The father; who was a farmer, died
in 1877. They had a family of five daughters—Mary, Lizzie, Meta, Augusta
and Minnie. Both the parents had children by former marriages.
Mr. and Mrs. Meisner have no children.
In politics our subject is a good Republican, but has always
been too busy attending to his own affairs to become an office-seeker.
However, his fellow-citizens have shown their appreciation of his worth
by making him town treasurer, and electing him to the minor offices. He
was postmaster for eight years, and is one of the trustees of the village.
He and his wife are members of the German Lutheran Church, and are held
in high esteem.