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Biography of Carl F. G. Meyer
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Along the line of steady progression that marks the wise utilization of the varied opportunities which are presented for the attainment of success, Carl F. G. Meyer has reached the presidency of the Meyer Brothers Drug Company, although he started out in the business world in a very humble position. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, March 7, 1880, and here his entire life has been passed. He was a student in Smith Academy and afterward attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, while subsequently he went abroad and entered the University of Paris.
Mr. Meyer initiated his business career as an employe of the Meyer Brothers Drug Company in a minor capacity and thoroughly familiarized himself with the various details of the business. From errand boy he worked his way steadily upward, filling almost every position, and to the thoroughness with which he learned the trade may be attributed the fact that he has been so successful during his administration of the affairs of the house and has been able to select the right employes for the various duties assigned to them. In 1917 he became president and general manager of the business but has repeatedly stated that he is a firm believer in cooperation and that as long as he is connected with the establishment of Meyer Brothers Drug Company his policy will be to call the heads of departments and executives in consultation on all important matters, and that it will not be a “one-man” proposition-in other words loyalty and cooperation will be the fundamental principle on which the business will be continued. Mr. Meyer believes in the Golden Rule and without flattery it can be truthfully stated that he has, through his strong personality, secured the loyalty, goodwill and friendship of every employe of the house, irrespective of the position occupied. Meyer Brothers Drug Company has the reputation of possessing a thoroughly loyal force of employes and the fact that many of these employes have been identified with the house from ten to fifty years is indicative of this fact. He considers them not only employes but friends as well and it is mainly due to the policy outlined by him that the house has been so successful during the unusual conditions that have existed for several years past.
In early life Mr. Meyer married and is devoted to his family, consisting of wife and two children, Carl and Eleanor. He is never happier than when at home with Ms family and enters into their enjoyments with the same enthusiasm as he does into business and municipal affairs. He is a member of the Psi Upsilon college fraternity, the National Wholesale Druggists Association, the National- Paint, Oil & Varnish Association, the Chambers of Commerce of the United States of America, Proprietary Association, the American Perfumers Association and the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce. He is president of the St. Louis Convention, publicity and tourists bureau. He is also president of the St. Louis Drug & Chemical Club, vice president of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and has taken a leading part in civic movements for the benefit of the city and the state. During the war he was active in various enterprises such as the Liberty loan, Red Cross and other drives and has given both time and money for charitable and other purposes for the welfare of the people. His confidence in human nature is unbounded and he has repeatedly expressed himself as believing that there has been a gradual improvement and that business is now conducted on a higher plane of mutual respect and confidence than ever before.
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