A. Meyer, merchant and planter, of Grand Lake, Chicot County, Ark., was born in Germany in 1848, and is a son of
Jacob and Sarah Meyer, natives of Germany, who reside in that country at the present time. They have had seven children,
all of whom are now living. Four brothers came to America, the sisters remaining Germany.
A. Meyer was educated in Germany, and during the Franco-Prussian War came to America, and landed in New York
City, locating there for a short time and attending school for several months, after which he went to Louisiana, and in 1869
moved to his present residence, where he is engaged in mercantile business, and in which he has been very successful. The
firm which he succeeded was Dreyfus & Meyer, and employs four to six men who are busy supplying the demands of the
numerous customers. Besides this Mr. Meyer is largely engaged in farming, owning fifteen or eighteen valuable farms, all
well cultivated and improved.
In 1875 he married Miss Carrie Pfeifer, of New Orleans, La., a native of Mississippi, and to this union were born seven
children, four of whom are living at the present writing. The names of these children are: Julius P., Nathan, David, Solomon,
Reynold and Alma.
In 1886 Mr. Meyer founded a village, calling it Carriola. This is where the post-office of Grand Lake is now situated, and
which promises to be a thriving town. It is the largest business point in the county, the trade extending forty miles into
Louisiana and Ashley County, and is one of the best cotton markets of any town on the Mississippi River. It has a Masonic
hall and church, of which Mr. Meyer is one of the founders, and with the present protection by levees and prospect of a
north and south railroad, the town, no doubt, will come to the front. Grand Lake abounds with plenty of nice fish and
ducks, and the woods are full of game for sport. Altogether there is room for plenty of immigration and a large number of
good citizens to find good homes on the best soil in the world, without exception. A daily mail from the railroad across the
river and a telephone line affords the latest news.