Isaac Van Meter

Isaac Van Meter, pioneer rancher and cattleman, passed away at his home Sunday afternoon, October 16. He had been in ill health for the past two years.
Mr. VanMeter was born in Winchester, KY, October 5, 1867, the son of Abram and Elizabeth Kleiser VanMeter. At the age of nine years, he moved with his parents to Sherman, Texas. In 1903 he came to Gage, NM, where he lived for several years, and where he ranched and drilled wells. Later he and his brother, Walter, established the VanMeter ranch north of Lordsburg, which they have owned and operated for the past 35 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Johnnie VanMeter, two brothers, Walter VanMeter of Lordsburg, and J. K. VanMeter of Conway Springs, Kansas; six nephews and two nieces; also one step-daughter and five step-sons by two previous marriages. He was a member of the First Methodist church of this city, and an honorary member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association.

Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church, Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Miller H. Stroup officiating, assisted by rev. David E. Moore, pastor of the Baptist church. The pall bearers were Rex Kipp, Kelly Phillips, Harry Day, George Cureton, Sherwood Culberson, and Raymond Fuller. Honorary pall bearers were Freeman Mcwhorter, Ned Cureton, Charles C. Martin, John Coleman, George Godfrey, and Shelby Phillips.

Burial was made in the Mountain View cemetery with Heather Mortuary in charge.

From: The Lordsburg [NM] Liberal, Friday, October 21, 1949.

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