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
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.