Joseph E. Meyer
Born September 5, 1878 in Kenosha, WI
Died March 1950 in Miami, FL
Mr. Meyer as a banker, botanist and millionaire from Northwest Indiana. He founded the Botanic Gardens, Bank Calumet and Meyer Publishing. He published several famous books including The Herbalist in 1918, The Herbalist Almanac in 1925 and The Old Herb Doctor which was based on advise he gave to his customers. It is still in print today.
He built Meyer Castle, an example of Jacobethan Revival Architecture between 1929 and 1931 in Dyer and lived their most of his adult life.
The Botanic Gardens is the largest seller of herbs by mail order in the world and is located in Hobart, In. His great grandsons currently run the business.