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The unknown possibilities of the great coast country formed the attraction that allured Frank Meyer when a young man of twenty years from the older commonwealth of Missouri to the growing, progressive state of California, where with the exception of a few years spent in St. Louis he has since remained, identifying himself with the development of Sacramento and taking the part of a loyal citizen in all of the more important movements of the era. In his removal to the west he found conditions radically different from those in his native environment of St. Charles, Mo., where he was born June 10, 1856, and where his parents, Anton and Katharine Meyer, had borne the part in pioneer upbuilding that he himself assumed in his early residence in the capital city of our western commonwealth. The family, while possessing the highest principles of honor and integrity, accumulated little of this world's goods and could give him few educational advantages, nor could they aid him in the important task of securing a start in the business world; hence what he is and what he has, represents self-sacrificing, intelligent and persevering efforts of the man himself.

As previously stated, Frank Meyer was twenty years of age when in 1876 he came to Sacramento for the first time. Here he secured a clerkship in a grocery and continued for three years, mean- while laying the foundation of warm friendships, many of which continue to the present day. Returning to Missouri in 1879 he became a grocery clerk in that city, where he remained for three years. His permanent residence in Sacramento dates from 1882, when he entered a grocery owned by John Bellmer. At first his wages were very small and his work unimportant, but as time passed he was given greater responsibilities and as a clerk proved his trustworthiness and ability. After nine years with the same grocer he left the store in order to take up other lines of work. As manager for T. J. Clunie, owner of the Clunie opera house and Metropolitan theatre, lie held a position of importance and responsibility. Abundant testimony as to the satisfactory nature of his services appears in the statement that he was retained by Mr. Clunie until the death of the latter, since which time he has been manager of the various holdings of Mrs. Clunie in Sacramento, including also the management of the hotel which she inherited upon the death of her husband. While his attention is given closely to his business duties, he does not neglect civic responsibilities, but contributes of time and influence to measures for the general welfare, and in politics he takes a warm interest as a member of the Democratic party. Throughout his entire life he has been an adherent of the Roman Catholic Church and a generous contributor to its charities. During May of 1908 he was united in marriage with Mrs. Henrietta (Harrington) Bedell, of Sacramento, but a native of Colusa, who by her former marriage was the mother of two children, Milton and Edwin. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011