John Meyn

Does MPHS have photographs: Yes

Address in Mount Prospect: 31 S. Main

Birth Date: January 7, 1863

Death Date: December 3, 1948

Date: 1884

Spouse: Christina (Henningsmeyer) Meyn (b. August 11, 1863 d. 1925)

Children: Laura, Herman, Bertha, Elsie, William, John Jr., Christine, and Adele

Interesting information on life, career, accomplishments:

John Meyn was born in Schleswig-Holstein and immigrated to America in 1882 at the age of 19. He worked as an assistant blacksmith in Arlington Heights for a year before he was persuaded by John C. Moehling, Mount Prospect’s first postmaster and owner of the general store, to move to Mount Prospect and open his own shop. He was the first blacksmith in town and ran the business for many years. His shop in Mount Prospect was located on Northwest Highway, just past Main Street. Having a blacksmith shop was an early step towards development. When most transportation required horses, you needed to have someone who could shoe the horses and repair wagons in town if you expected the town to grow. This is why John Moehling went out of his way to persuade John Meyn to move to Mount Prospect.

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