I Found it in the Archives: Henry A Meyer Part 2

Part 2 of this Week’s I Found it in the Archives post from Intern Paul:

A Man’s Impact 

In recent weeks we pulled some boxes from the warehouse and inside them were a number of Waterway Journals with a mailing label addressed to Henry A. Meyer of 516 Read Street.  Naturally, I wondered who this man was and this is what I found:

Henry A. Meyer was a man who merely stood at only five feet tall, but that did not stand for the type of person he was. Anyone who knew him looked up to him. Meyer was a teacher by profession, although he had many other hobbies like being a history and a nationally respected stamp collector. His interests in history were the Civil War and the Ohio River. 

Henry A Meyer was a prominent member of the Evansville community. He was born 23 March 1894 and he died 25 March 1968. In his life time he attended Baker Elementary School, Evansville High School, Indiana University, The National German-American Seminary in Milwaukee, and on top of that he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Evansville in 1926. He was a Central High School teacher and in his free time he was a member of 17 philatelic organizations, 8 historical societies, and 3 education associations. He was a committee member at the museum that helped to put together the River Room.  He also was a big help in organizing the Museum’s department of philately, aka stamp collecting. He was an important figure in Evansville History in his life he influenced so many people that in 1966 he was one of only 8 people named to the Central High School Hall of Fame. Meyer is quoted by Tom Ryder as being “the city’s most prominent philanthropist.” Five years after his death a memorial went up for Meyer in the River Room at the museum.

There is no real known reason why Mr. Meyer’s magazines ended up in our possession, but for one thing I can say is that we are happy he did.


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