Louis Meyer shoe shop, sometime prior to 1930. Louis Meyer, father of Herman Meyer, is on the left, John Mathis is on the right.
Louis Meyer was a German immigrant, born and grew up in Berlin, Germany. He came to America when he was 23 years old and lived severeal years in New York, later coming to South Georgia and living in Waycross, Valdosta, and Tifton. He came to Nashville in the late 1800s. He became a U.S. Citizen, married Serena Thompson and began his family in Nashville. He was a shoe maker by trade but also operated several retail businesses over the years. He was known as the Little Dutchman and loved his adopted country. He led the parade celebrating the signing of the Armistice after World War I. He also served as county coroner at one time. He died in 1930. His son, Herman Meyer continued to operate the shoe repair shop until 1947 when he and his family moved to Florida.