Joseph B. Van Meter
JOSEPH B. VAN METER, a native Hoosier, was born in Greene County in 1852, and
is the eldest of four children born to the union of Nathaniel and Catharine
(Razor) Vanmeter, who were natives of Kentucky, removing to Indiana in about
1843. He was raised on a farm until sixteen years of age, when he began learning
the blacksmith's trade which was his occupation until 1883. In this year he
embarked in the drug and grocery trade at Cincinnati, and although yet new in
the business is rapidly acquiring a comfortable traffic. He is possessed of
energy and determination, and these qualities, coupled with honesty and a desire
to please, will undoubtedly make him one of the county's most reliable and
successful men. Miss Agnes Martindale became his wife in the year 1874, and
three of their five children are yet living--Fleming, Nancy and Cary J. Mr.
Vanmeter is a Democrat in politics; Mrs. Vanmeter belongs to the Baptist Church.
"HISTORY OF GREENE AND SULLIVAN COUNTIES,
STATE OF INDIANA, FROM THE EARLIEST TIME TO THE PRESENT; TOGETHER WITH
INTERESTING BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, REMINISCENCES, NOTES, ETC." CHICAGO:
GOODSPEED BROS. & CO., PUBLISHERS. 1884.
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