Brother of J.M. Van Metre of Columbia Succumbs to Pneumonia.

News has been received in Columbia of the death at Martinsburg, W. Va. of George W. Van Metre, brother of J. M. Van Metre of Columbia and of Mrs. A. F. Funderburk of Pageland. The funeral services were held at Martinsburg and the body was laid to rest in Green Hill cemetery that city.

Mr. Van Metre, who was one of Martinsburg’s foremost citizens, was ill only a few days. Pneumonia caused his death.

The Martinsburg Journal in a detailed account of Mr. Van Metre’s life and death said in part:

“Mr. Van Metre came from one of the oldest families of this section, his ancestors being among the early settlers. He was a lifelong resident of the county, and was born near the Opequon. He was a son of the late James and Catherine Van Metre. He was educated in Lebanon Valley collage, Pa. and also graduated as a civil engineer from the International Correspondence School of Scranton, Pa. about 40 years ago. Since then he had been elected on numerous occasions as county engineer and in the performance of these duties, and in his capacity as a private civil engineer, he had covered practically every foot of ground in Berkeley county and in the city of Martinsburg. By reason of this he had a most extensive knowledge of property lines, family histories, topography of the city and county and various stratum, minerals and metals of the county; animal and bird life, and was at home day or night in any part of the county.”

“He was a reliable and unfailing source of information on any and all subjects connected with Berkeley county and his hobby was recording meteorological data. For many years he had been government weather observer in this city and frequently was called upon to give expert testimony in courts of this section relating to different conditions of weather, whether it rained or was sunshine on a certain day in legal dispute and often litigants would submit property line disputes to his decision.”

“Mr. Van Metre was a practical business man and at one time farmer, his holdings being substantial, and was possessed of sufficient means to enable him to devote more or less of his time to scientific problems. He was known to every man, woman and child and his love for the little ones made him popular with the boys and girls of several generations. But above all, he was close student of nature and was never happier than when rambling through the mountains, hills and valleys of his beloved county, and in all of his travels in other parts of the country and abroad he came back with a greater love and appreciation for Berkeley county.”

“In 1898 he married Miss Rosie Ferrel of near Hedgesville, who survives him with two brothers, I. D. Van Metre, of “Stone House Farm”, J. M. Van Metre of Columbia, S.C. and two sisters, Mrs. A. F. Funderburk of Pageland, S.C., and Mrs. P. C. Myers of Hedgesville.”

“The death of Mr. Van Metre removes a man whose loss will be felt in the community he has so long been intimately associated with public and private life of the county that it will be difficult to replace him. At the time of his death he was county surveyor and was perhaps equally well known throughout the Eastern Panhandle. He was genial in manner and an entertaining conversationalist.

From: The State, Columbia, South Carolina, November 20, 1922


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