Ever since we started investigating south eastern Morrison county, the name Theo Billmeyer always shows up promoting Center Valley, a little place originally named Zerf, that never became the town he hoped for.
Theo was appointed postmaster there in 1910 and tirelessly promoted the place for the rest of his life. Theo Sr's page on Find a Grave is just dates, but his son Theodore's obit gives us some info:
"....[The younger] Mr. Billmeyer was born March 2, 1892 in Granite Township, son of the late Theodore Sr. and Mary Billmeyer. He married Anna Huver May 5, 1925 in St. Joseph's Church in Pierz. He and his wife farmed in Granite Township, east of Pierz, most of their lives..."
Here are a few clippings from early Pierz Journal issues mentioning Theodore Sr. I think he wrote the Center Valley news for the PJ, too, cuz he was the most interested. Still, no matter what he did, Center Valley never grew much beyond a creamery, store and Soo line freight stop.
I'll ad more articles here as we find them, ok?