Susan Tabitha Van Meter

Mrs. Susan T. Allen, aged 79 years, widow of the late Dr. A. S. Allen of this city, died last night at 9 o'clock at her residence on West Second Street after an illness of three weeks brought on by an attack of the grippe. The funeral services will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church Saturday morning at 11 o'clock, and the interment will take place in the Lexington cemetery.

"Mrs. Allen was one of the most widely known women in this city, primarily because of her charity, and because of her eccentricities. She had been in ill health for a number of years, and conceived the idea that riding on the street cars would be beneficial to her. It was learned from one of her most intimate friends last night that during the last fifteen years, she had ridden on the street cars in this city an average of ten miles each day, and during that time had probably traveled 60,000 miles.

"She leaves an estate variously estimated at from $40,000 to $60,000, which will be divided among her relatives as she leaves no will. She was the daughter of the late Benjamin [sic] Van Meter, who was one of the pioneers of Clark county, and was one of the most prominent men of his day. He was the original importer of Shorthorn cattle
into Kentucky.

"Mrs. Allen is survived by her brothers, B. F. Van Meter of this county; L. M. Van Meter of Shelbyville, J. M. Van Meter of Danville, and Abraham Van Meter of Gainesville, Tex. There are a number of her nieces and nephews who live here, among them being Hon. Sol. Van Meter, Dr. Benjamin Van Meter, William Nicholas and others."

From: Lexington Herald, p. 6, Friday, March 8, 1907.

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