Abram Van Meter
In this sketch is found the
record of a man who is yet too young to have passed through enough experiences
to make his history long, but one who has started in the path which leads to
prosperity and happiness and has gotten well along the way to those desired
goals,---indeed he has already reached the latter in the comforts of his family
life. He recognized the opportunities which the farm offers to a young man of
intelligence, and did not leave it to try his fortune elsewhere, nor has he had
any reason to repent his decision.
Abram Van Meter was born on the Van Meter farm south of Corder March 16, 1873.
(For reference to this father, see sketch of R.T.
Van Meter, a brother of the subject.) He attended the common schools and the
Corder high school, and then took a business course at the Gem City Business
School at Quincy, Illinois, finishing in 1896, and that year he returned to the
farm. In 1901 he was married, and in 1902 he bought a farm south of Corder, of
one hundred acres, his father giving him eighty more, on which he lived until
March, 1909, when he moved south of Alma to the old Prigmore farm, where he now
has two hundred and seventy-five acres and carries on general farming, stock
raising and feeding.
Mr. Van Meter married Sarah E. Prigmore, who was born on the farm on which he
now lives, daughter of Duke Y. Prigmore, a prominent farmer and cattle feeder.
To their marriage two active and interesting children were born: Farris Young
and Anna Hortense. Mrs. Van Meter is a member of the Christian church and her
husband of the Methodist. He is a Democrat.
Mr. Van Meter is a man who possesses the qualities which make for success, and
is one of the coming men in his community. He has, as well, the qualities which
gain and keep friends for a man.
Young's History of Lafayette County, Missouri by Hon. William Young
Volume II, found on page 550 - 551.
1910 B.F. Bowen & Company