LEMMEN MEYER, Theodore

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LEMMEN MEYER, Theodore (1832-c. 1900), born in Hamburg, Germany on October 8, 1832, the only child of Carl Edward Meyer (1788-1859) and Auguste Franciska Lemmen (1807-?). He immigrated to the United States in 1853, becoming naturalized as a United States citizen in 1868. Lemmen Meyer was one of the original investors in the Santa Cruz Island Company in 1869, along with nine others:


He operated a mercantile house which had a large Mexican and South American business, located on the corner of SW Front and Jackson streets.

In the 1870 census at age 38, Lemmen Meyer lived in Menlo Park with his Mexican-born wife, Mariana, 34, and three children:

  • [Elizabeth Franzisca] Fanny Meyer (1859-1904)
  • Charles Edward Meyer (1861- )
  • Josephine Alexandra Meyer (1863-1937) = [1882] Julius Carl P. Bartning ( -1897)

In 1873 he served as Consul General of Costa Rica. In 1880-81 he was president of the San Francisco Copper Mining Company and an investor in the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad Company. In 1885, Lemmen Meyer was listed as a merchant mariner of Mazatlan, Mexico, in Lloyd’s Hints to Captains. On April 28, 1898 at age 66, Lemmen Meyer applied for a passport, listed himself as a merchant and described himself: “height—5 feet 8-1/2 inches; forehead—high (bald); eyes—blue; nose—regular; mouth—medium; chin—round (whiskers); hair—light (bald); complexion—light; face—oval.” The date of his death is unknown. He may have left San Francisco for Germany to be with his two daughters.

Daughter Fanny Lemmen Meyer first married in 1881 the wealthy merchant, Adolf [Otto?] Bartning ( -Oct. 15, 1887). After his death, she became a baroness when in Germany she married German diplomat and politician, Baron Heinrich Von Kusserow (1836-1900) on May 3, 1890.


Son Charled Edward Lemmen Meyer = Mariana Osuna

  • 1. Dolores Lemmen Meyer
  • 2. Edward Theodore Lemmen Meyer (1887-1967) = Dolores Otero (1883-1975)
  • 3. Adolph Lemmen Meyer (1888-

Sons Edward (b. San Antonio de la Noria, Mazatlan, Mexico Aug. 15, 1887) and Adolph (b. San Antonia de la Noria, Mazatlan, Mexico July 29, 1888). In 1894, Julius Bartning (uncle), living in Hamburg, Germany applied for passports for these young brothers, Edward Meyer y Osuna (6) and Adolph Meyer y Osuna (5). The passport application says their father was living in Mazatlan, Mexico and that the children were in his custody in Germany for their education. The sisters Fanny and Josephine were in Germany also.

Daughter Josephine Alexandra married Julius Bartning ( -June 5, 1897) in San Francisco on September 7, 1882. They had no children. Julius died in Germany; Josephine Bartning returned to San Francisco, She died in 1937 and is buried in Cypress Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Colma, CA.



In the News~

February 23, 1869 [SDU]: Incorporations.— Articles of incorporation of the Santa Cruz Island Company were filed in the office of the Secretary of State yesterday. This corporation was formed for the purpose of engaging in and carrying on the business of raising cattle and selling and disposing of the same; of acquiring, holding, using and selling such real estate as may be requisite and necessary for the prosecution of ther business, etc. Capital stock, $300,000, in shares of $500 each, The principal place of business is in San Francisco. Trustees—Gustavo Mahe, Camile Martin, T. Lemmen Meyer, Thomas. J. Gallagher and Pablo Baca.”


April 30, 1869 [SF Chronicle]: “Santa Cruz Island was recently sold by Barron Brothers for $150,000, including a large number of sheep thereon. T. Lemmen Myer [sic] and others were the purchasers.”


May 4, 1869 [SF Chronicle]: “The schooner J.D. Sanborn has been sold to T. Lemmen Meyer & Co. for $10,500. These parties have recently purchased Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara county, as a sheep ranch and will employ rhis vessel in their business. The schooner is 71 tons register and a very fast sailer.”


July 24, 1869 [SBP]: “Santa Cruz Island. Twenty-five miles right opposite Santa Barbara, is to be, after this, an occasional stopping place of the steamers passing up and down. Since it has coe into the possession of its present owners, T. Lemmen Meyer & Co. of San Francisco, a wharf has been constructed on the northern or leeward side of the island, in a cove which makes in from a stream, and gives fine shelter from all winds but northers, to vessels at anchor. The wharf is 200 feet long, and at low tide there is 18 feet of water at the pier. The wharf is so constructed that on one side the cars take the bales of wool to the vessel, and on the other, cattle and sheep are driven to the steamer’s deck with perfect ease and safety. The island itself is some 25 miles long, and from 3 to 12 miles wide. It is used at present for nothing else but a sheep range, of which there are some 30,000 or more. Fine stock has been taken and will be kept there in addition. The products of the island are increasing so fast under the present management that it has been found necessary to furnish steam transportation to market. Wild hogs are so numerous that they have become a great nuisance, and the owners of the island are willing that Lux & Miller or any other man should shoot them, butcher them, corral them, clean them out any way they please, free of charge. As there are many steep places thereabouts, what fun it would be for the Gaderene demons to hunt there a week.”


March 17, 1870 [DAC]: “For sale. To arrive from Santa Cruz Island, on or about the 7th inst., 1000 mutton sheep, more or less. For particulars, apply at the office of T. Lemmen Meyer. SW corner Front and Jackson streets.”


April 29, 1870 [SFDEB]: “For Sale by the Santa Cruz Island Company, deliverable at Santa Barbara, during months of June and July: 5,000 wethers, above one year old; 7,000 ewes, above one year old. For further particulars, apply to T. Lemmen Meyer, southwest corner Front and Jackson streets, or to H. Ohlmeyer, Santa Barbara.”


January 22, 1873 [DAC]: “Santa Cruz Island Company. Asnnual Statement of the affairs of the Association for the term of 1872 as reported to the general meeting of the Stockholders held January 20, 1872: Receipts from January 1 to December 31, 1872… General total of receipts $82,074.67 Disbursements for the same period of time… Same total as above. Out of this amount of profits $48,806.08… Gustav Mahe, President. T. Lemmen Meyer, Vice President. Camilo Martin, Treasurer. M. DeKirwin, Secretary.”


February 17, 1873 [SFDEB]: “Office of the Santa Cruz Island Company, San Francisco, February 6, 1873. In accordance with a resolution adopted at a meeting of the Trustees of the Santa Cruz Island Company, duly held on February 5th, 1873, a special meeting of the stockholders of said company is hereby called to be held at the office of the company, room No. 10, Belden’s Block, No. 137 Montgomery St., San Francisco, California, on Monday, the tenth day of March, 1873, at the hour of one o’clock PM of said day, to take into consideration and decide upon a proposition to increase the capital stock of said company from $300,000, divided into 600 shares pf $500 each, the present capital stock, to $500,000, divided into 100 shares of $5,000 each. Justinian Caire, T. Lemmen Meyer, Gustave Mahe, trustees.”


April 13, 1882 [SDRU]: “T. Lemmen Meyer has brought suit against the Central Pacific Railroad Company to recover damages in $40,000 alleged to have been sustained by him on July 30, 1881, by reason of the carriage in which plaintiff was riding being run into by a train of cars on Merrimac Street and upset, greatly injuring and bruising the plaintiff.”


November 15, 1890 [SFMC]: “Senator Whitney of Oakland and Mr. T. Lemmen Meyer of this city went to visit friends at Los Gatos on Tuesday.”


June 6, 1897 [SFCall]: “Died. Bartning—In Hamburg, Germany, June 5, 1897, Julius, beloved husband of Josephine Bartning, son-in-law of T. Lemmen Meyer, and brother-in-law of Edward Lemmen Meyer of La Noria, Mexico.”