Eugene MEURER, president of the Central Paper Company, one of the important industrial concerns contributing to the commercial prestige of the city of Muskegon, was born in Aalen, in the southern part of Germany, January 20, 1861, and is a son of Judge Johann MEURER and Margaret MEURER, his father having been a prominent lawyer and jurist in that section of the German empire, where he passed his entire life. Eugene MEURER had the advantages of a home of distinctive culture and refinement and likewise received in his native land the best of educational advantages. He is the only son in a family of five children and his four sisters remain in Germany, so that in the United States he is the only representative of the immediate family. His educational privileges included those of a leading polytechnic institute, in which he specialized in chemistry and mechanical engineering and thereafter he was graduated in Stuttgart Polytechnic Institute. He forthwith initiated his association with the paper industry, and by applying himself diligently in paper mills in his native land he acquired full and accurate knowledge of all details of this line of manufacturing, his experience having included work in pulp mills and chemical plants concerned with paper manufacturing enterprise in Germany. He was thus engaged from 1884 to 1889, in which latter year he came to the United States. In New York City he formed an alliance with the Hudson River Pulp and Paper Company, for which he supervised the erection and equipment of a sulphite mill. He was the successful manager of this mill seven years, and during the ensuing three years he operated for the same company a sulphite mill and paper mill in Ontario, Canada. He then came to Michigan and founded the paper manufacturing enterprise, of which he is now the executive head, in the year 1900. He has been the prime force in the upbuilding at Muskegon of one of the great paper manufacturing enterprises of Michigan, a state that is an important center of this line of industry. The Central Paper Company, of which Mr. MEURER is now the president, is one of the most important corporations of its kind in the state, with operations based on a capital sock of $1,400,000. Mr. MEURER gives much credit to his associates in the upbuilding of this great industrial enterprise, and his splendid success has attested his wisdom in making Muskegon the stage of his productive activities, he having been greatly impressed with the manifold advantages here offered, in eligible location, excellent transportation facilities by the railroads and the waterways of the Great Lakes, and readily available supply resources as pertinent to paper manufacturing, especially wood requisite for the producing of the paper pulp. In the large and modern manufacturing plant of the Central Paper Company is retained a corps of 500 employees, and it may readily be understood that the concern has done much to advance the civic and industrial precedence and prosperity of Muskegon. While the president of the company, he has won a secure place among the leading captains of industry in Michigan. As a citizen and businessman Mr. MEURER is vital, liberal and progressive, and he takes deep interest in all things touching the welfare and progress of his home city.
Source: “Historic Michigan”, George N. Fuller/ James L. Smith, (1925)
Vol. III, pp. 229-230
Submitted by Lisa Hoffius and Bill Moore
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