Death of Judge Van Metre
It is with feelings of profound regret and sorrow that we
announce the death of Judge John E. Van Metre. He died at his residence, known
as Pickaway, in Union Township, this County, on the morning of June 2d, after
protracted illness of several months, at the advanced age of 69 years.
Judge Van Metre was born in Berkeley County, Virginia, May
4th, 1794, and resided there until the year 1826, at which time, he,
with his family, moved to Ohio. During his residence in the latter State, he
filled several offices of high public trust, to the eminent credit of his own
abilities, and the unlimited confidence and satisfaction of his numerous
constituents. He served two terms in the Ohio Legislature, at the conclusion of
which, he was elected Associate Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. In 1855 he
moved from Ohio to his late residence at Pickaway.
He was a true type of the Virginia Gentleman, of the olden
time; courteous, courageous, hospitable. Unostentatious in his manners,
dignified, yet affable in his deportment, he commanded the respect and won the
highest esteem of all with whom he came in contact. He was, in a word, a man of
marked and decided character; high-minded and honorable to the letter, in all of
his business and social transactions with men. His word once given was never
broken. In short, he was one of those men that both old and young take delight
in looking up to, and honoring with their confidence and their warmest
His funeral, which took place at Pickaway, on Thursday,
was attended by a vast concourse of people, from afar and near. He was a Mason
of long standing, and, we believe, high up in the Order; and was buried by the
members of the Vinton Lodge, with all of the touching and imposing ceremonies
attendant upon a Masonic interment.
The surviving members of the family – the aged wife, and
the sons and daughters – cannot but feel keenly, this, their second
bereavement. ‘Twas only a few months ago that a son, the youngest of the
family, we think – Capt. Joseph Van Metre – killed in battle, at
Springfield, Missouri. Two other sons – Jeptha and Isaiah – are still in the
army, and when the intelligence of their father’s death reaches them, it will
do so with crushing weight.