Richard T. Van Meter
As agriculture is a noble occupation, so are the men whose lives are outlined in
this sketch noble members of that calling. They are men of vigor, hardihood and
strength, morally, mentally and physically, and by their good traits have made
the name of Van Meter honored in their county and respected wherever known.
Oliver Van Meter was born in Kentucky, November 25, 1836, son of Abraham and
Naomi (Roberts) Van Meter, both born in Virginia, he coming to Kentucky with his
parents as a boy of seven, she coming after reaching womanhood. Abraham Van
Meter came to this county in 1850 and located near where his son Oliver now
lives, and carried on farming very extensively. He was a member of the Baptist
church, very regular in attendance and always active in church work. Oliver was
one of six children here and in Kentucky. He has passed his life on the farm and
now has three hundred acres, on which he carries on general farming. In 1862 he
enlisted in Company C, Gordon's regiment of cavalry, and served until the end of
the war, taking part in many fights, but escaping without being wounded or taken
In 1865 Mr. Van Meter was married to Anna Corder, a native of Lafayette county,
who bore to him the following children: Sallie, Richard, Francis, Abraham,
Daisy, Warner and Nellie. All the family are members of the Methodist church,
and Mr. Van Meter is a stanch Democrat. He is now spending his old age very
usefully and honorably on his farm.
Richard T. Van Meter was born on the Van Meter farm, two miles south of Corder,
September 25, 1868, and attended the public schools and the college at Fayette.
Then he came back to the farm and operated his father's farm for some years,
carrying on general farming, stock raising and feeding. In 1898 he bought the
hundred acres where he now lives. He was married to Mary Price, daughter of John
Price, mentioned in this work, and they have one child, Kenneth. Mr. Van Meter
is a member of the Methodist church and his wife of the Baptist. In politics he
is a Democrat. He is successful as a farmer and his many agreeable qualities
have won for him many friends.
Young's History of Lafayette County, Missouri by Hon. William Young
Volume II, found on page 551.
1910 B.F. Bowen & Company