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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Gregg Meyer and Betty Meyer


Sometime in the 1930s, Rudolph Meyer began selling his homemade sausage out of his small community store in Elgin, Texas, The Rockfront Grocery. His sausage proved so successful that he soon branched out to restaurants and groceries in Austin where he would sell his products out of the trunk of his car. Mr. Meyer formed Meyer’s Sausage Company in 1949 when the demand for his sausage required a much larger production process. The company has since been passed along through his son and daughter-in-law Buddy and Betty Meyer, and to their sons Gregg and Gary. Today, Meyer’s Sausage Company ships their products across Texas and the nation, while featuring their sausage at Meyer’s Smokehouse, a barbecue restaurant the family opened in 1998. While Gregg develops new products and runs the day to day operations at the sausage plant, Gary and his wife Becky run the restaurant and handle the burgeoning catering business.

Date of interview:
2007-07-24 00:00

Interviewer:
Marvin Bendele

Photographer:
Marvin Bendele

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