Hermann Meyer, proprietor of the Commercial Hotel of De Soto, was born
in Saxony, Germany, July 24, 1846, and is a son of Christian F. Meyer 
of Leipzig, Kingdom of Saxony, Germany.  Hermann Meyer immigrated to 
the United States in 1866, and first located in New York City, where he
remained for some time, and in 1870 went to California, returning in
1872.  He again visited that State in 1878, remained two years and 
returned to Chicago in 1880. In December, 1882, he settled in De Soto,
Jefferson County, Mo., and embarked in his present business, which he
has since successfully continued.  In September, 1882, he married 
Hermina Goedert.  Mr. and Mrs. Meyer have three children, viz.: Hans,
Elizabeth and Gertrude.  Mr. Meyer's head clerk, Wiley C. Cobb, was
born near Union City, Tenn., July 26, 1859 and is a son of Jesse Cobb,
who settled in Salem, Dent Co., Mo., during the early part of the late
war.  February 7, 1887, Mr. Cobb married Miss Minnie Patterson, daughter 
of Charles V. Patterson, of Caledonia, Washington Co., Mo.  Mr. Cobb is 
an enterprising young man, and is a member of the Knights of Pythias.