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The fact that Mr. Meyer scarcely yet has reached the prime of life is not inconsistent with the statement that he has devoted twenty years of painstaking study to the profession of an optician. When only fourteen, in the year 1892, he was apprenticed to a prominent member of the craft in San Francisco, and under that skilled optician. L. A. Berteling, he studied with a persistence and intelligence that inevitably brought satisfactory results. Every detail of the business was learned with a sincerity and earnestness indicative of high aspirations. As is the case in every trade or profession where attention to details is made the creed, so with him in his intelligent and purposeful studies of the science of optics. While it is a very difficult task to acquire a thorough knowledge of the business (for no work entails greater responsibilities than that of examining eyes and fitting glasses), many competent judges have asserted that he is unsurpassed in his specialty and all agree that his judgment is authoritative in questions relating to his chosen calling.

The distinction of being a native-born Californian belongs to Mr. Meyer, whose birth occurred in the city of San Francisco March 18. 1878, and who is a son of John N. and Sophie M. Meyer. When he had completed the studies of the grammar school he began to study under Mr. Berteling in the vacation seasons, but in addition he took up high school studies and at the age of eighteen was graduated with a high standing from the San Francisco schools. After he had acquired a thorough knowledge of optics he began to earn his livelihood through the pursuance of the specialty, and in 1899 he came to Sacramento to act as manager for the Chinn-Berretta Optical Company, in whose employ he remained for five years. A desire to embark in business for himself led him to relinquish a position both congenial and profitable. Since then he has carried on a store at No. 903 K street, Sacramento, besides which, May 18, 1911, he opened an establishment in Stockton, both of these being popular and well patronized by people of the two communities.

The marriage of Mr. Meyer and Miss Ruby H. Brown was solemnized in Sacramento December 3, 1901, and has been blessed with two children, a daughter, Margaret, and a son, William August. Jr. The family hold membership with the Episcopal church and maintain a deep interest in religious movements, as well as in all enterprises for the upbuilding of the city and the welfare of its people. The Republican party has received the allegiance of Mr. Meyer in national and local elections. The Native Sons of the Golden West have numbered him among their members in their Sacramento parlor, and in addition he has enjoyed fraternal relations with the Elks, in which he officiates as past exalted ruler of the Sacramento Lodge No. 6. He is a member of the Sutter club and is past president of the California State Association of Opticians. 

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