John Evans Van Metre

Born: May 9, 1868 - Benton Co., Iowa
Died: Aug. 16, 1913
Father: Henry Clay Van Metre
Mother: Rhoda Dunn Winterstein

Married: April 25, 1901
Wife: Lena Stark
Born: Nov. 30, 1876


  1. Henry John - b. May 16, 1902

  2. Eunice Louise - b. Jan. 24, 1906

  3. Alice Eleanor - b. July 7, 1909

  4. Jessie Margaret - b. March 4, 1913

John E. Van Metre 2nd studied at Moody Bible Institute, for he had a great longing to go into S. S. missionary work.  This was never realized, though he was a devoted Christian worker in several struggling Sunday Schools near where he lived.  He first farmed in Missouri, near Willow Springs, Howell Co., (Patent) served in the Spanish - American War - Private of Company F of the Sixth Regiment Infantry, Missouri Volunteers - enlisted July 9, 1898, was in camp Georgia before sailing, fought in battle when Havana was taken.  He liked the country and hoped to someday return and see if freedom had been a help to Cuba.

Moved to McCook Co., South Dakota after the war, 5 miles northwest of Salem in August, 1899, settling on a farm owned by his father where he lived for two years, and married.  Moved to a farm in Minor Co., South Dakota (Beaver Twp., Section 13) ten miles south of Fedora.  He died from an accident with farm machinery.


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