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Fred Lynch

Meystedt Grocery

Posted Friday, October 3, 2014, at 12:00 AM

This undated photo shows the H. Meystedt Grocery on Main Street in downtown Cape Girardeau. It was probably made in the late 1800s or early 1900s.

The building was on the north side of the A.D. Leech building, 102 N. Main Street. The Leech building was destroyed by fire in 1919.

Henry Meystedt is thought to have been the first meat packer in Cape Girardeau. His son, Henry Jr., later joined him in the family business.

from The Daily Republican, Nov. 9, 1905

Henry Meystedt, who owns a great deal of valuable property on Main and Water streets, announces he will again start into the pork-packing business; a large plant is about finished out on North Sprigg Street, and in a few days it will be ready for business; Meystedt also plans to open a retail store on the levee; he retired from the meat-packing business a year ago after 25 years in the business.

Another Meystedt Grocery:

April 28, 1928 Southeast Missourian


Bankrupt stock of Heinz's catsup, 23 cents. Meystedt Grocery, Good Hope and Frederick.

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Ludwig of Fornfelt were Cape Girardeau visitors and shoppers today.

Bankrupt stock of new garden seeds, half price. Meystedt Grocery, Good Hope and Frederick.

Brooms, 28 cents, at Meystedt Grocery, Good Hope and Frederick.


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  • Thanks Fred, love these old photos showing Cape in bye-gone days.

    -- Posted by Astowick on Fri, Oct 3, 2014, at 11:10 AM
  • Thank you ~ I've never seen this photo. Henry Meystedt was my great-great grandfather. I knew he was a meat packer, but had no idea he was in direct competition with his daughter's in-laws, the Hirschs.

    -- Posted by GirardeauRose on Fri, Nov 14, 2014, at 5:46 PM