Henry Clay Van Meter

The Van Meter family is so well known in Dallas county that the subject of this review needs no introduction to the readers of this volume. He is today one of the large landowners of the county, his possessions aggregating six hundred and twenty acres, while he derives his income from seven hundred and sixty acres which he cultivates in Van Meter township. He is also an extensive stock-feeder and in these connections is well known.

Mr. Van Meter is a native son of the county, born on the 14th of August, 1872, his father being J. R. Van Meter, one of the prominent and influential residents of this part of the state, represented on another page of this work. He was reared to an agricultural life and lessons of industry, integrity and economy were early impressed upon his mind. Having arrived at years of maturity, he sought a companion and helpmate for life's journey, being married November 20, 1894, to Miss Delia Smithson, who was born in this county, August 2, 1875. Her parents were natives of Dallas county and were farming people, whose family numbered nine children. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Van Meter have been born three children: Hazel, born June 1, 1895; Harold, born September 1, 1896; and Hugh, born March 29, 1898.

The family home is an attractive one, situated on section 16, Van Meter township, and everything about the place is indicative of the careful supervision of the owner. As stated, he is now in possession of six hundred and twenty acres of rich and productive land, which responds readily to the care and labor bestowed upon it. He does not confine his attention entirely to his own farm, however, but operates altogether seven hundred and sixty acres in Van Meter township, being accounted one of the most extensive agriculturists of the community. He is also largely engaged in feeding stock and makes extensive shipments, deriving there from a gratifying income. He is a capable manager, readily determining the outcome of a business transaction and solving with ease intricate and complex business problems. Moreover, he has placed his dependence upon the substantial qualities of energy and perseverance, which always insure success when guided by sound judgment.

Mr. Van Meter and his wife support and attend the Christian church and are most widely and favorably known in the community where they live, enjoying in large degree the friendship and esteem of those with whom they have been brought in contact.


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