Van Meter Village Biographies
Akers, E. D., carpenter.
Bogue, C. W., dealer in hardware; born in Henry County, Indiana, in 1840;
came to Iowa in 1866, and located in Des Moines; removed to Van Meter in 1869;
married Rachel E. Pearson; she was born in Ohio; have five children:
India, Cora, Charity, Walter and Wallace. Are members of the Society
of Friends. Republican.
Bogue, C. W., hardware merchant.
Briggs, G. C., dealer in lightning rods.
Bullis, H. A., restaurant.
Clayton, John, retired farmer; was born in
Pherson County, North Carolina, 1801; came to Iowa in 1848, and located in this
township; married Rebecca Day in 1827; she was born in Pherson County,
North Carolina, in 1804; have one child living: Susan Mary, now Mrs.
Parker; lost three children: J. H. died in 1864, J.C. died in
1866, Julia A. died in 1866; Mrs. Clayton died August 22, 1876.
Clayton, W. T., proprietor of meat market;
born in Lawrence County, Indiana, in 1837; came to Iowa in 1853, and located in
this county; came to Van Meter in 1868, and engaged in the mercantile trade, and
continued until February, 1877; engaged in his present business in 1878;
enlisted in Co. A, 23d Iowa Infantry in 1862, and discharged in 1865; married
Frances E. Ruberson in 1866; she was born in Indiana in 1848; have five
children: Clara, Edgar, Harry, Jessie B. and Deleo. Are members of
the M. E. Church. Republican.
Clayton, L. W., farmer.
Cook, Samuel, dealer in grain, owns elevator; born in Steuben County,
New York, in 1850; came to Iowa in 1868, and located in Dubuque; came to this
county in 1875; married Ada Hathaway in 1876; she was born in New York;
have one child: May.
Curran, J. F., teacher.
Dennis, Rev., pastor, U. B. Church.
Dodge, C. M., physician.
Doty, S. L., harness-maker.
Drew, Samuel, coal-miner.
Gilliam, Humphrey, laborer.
Goar, Eli, merchant.
Goar, B.F., dry goods merchant.
Graham, Richard, hotel keeper.
Hall, Ira, laborer.
Haynes, R., engineer.
Hobaugh, M.A., blacksmith.
Honaker, John, bookkeeper for Chicago and Van Meter Coal Company; born in
Lewis County, Missouri, in 1843; came to Iowa in 1865, and located in Van Buren
County; removed to Van Meter in 1877; married Margaret Bain in 1870; she
was born in Maryland in 1852; have three children: Agnes, Jennie and
Hoppers, G. W., laborer.
Hunt, P., plasterer.
Jennings, W. H., postmaster, and dealer in
general merchandise; born in Gurnsey County, Ohio, in 1846; came to Iowa in
1854, and located in Louisa County; removed to Van Meter in 1868; married R.
A. Clayton in 1870; she was born in Indiana in 1847; have four children:
Mary E., Anna V., Rosa B. and W. H. Are members of the United
Brethren Church. Mr. Jennings enlisted in Co. C, 11th Iowa Infantry in 1863, and
was discharged in 1865; was in several engagements: Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta
and others. Republican.
Joplin, John, engineer.
Kenworthy, S. B., miller.
Lindthurst, Chas. F., business railroad
agent; born in Pennsylvania in 1831; came to Iowa in 1869, and located in
Grinnell; removed to this County in 1876; married Catherine B. Price in
1859; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1835; have six children: John, Ella,
Martha, Jennette, Charles and Kate.
Lindthurst, John, operator.
Little, M.A., dealer in drugs and medicines;
established in 1870; born in Orange County, N.Y.; came to Iowa in 1868, and
located in Van Meter; married Maggie Andrews in 1878; she was born in
Little, Coe, stock-dealer.
Logan, A.M., carpenter.
McCoy, H. C., laborer.
McNair, C., blacksmith.
McNair, Sarah, widow.
Martin, Henry, coal-miner.
Moore, T. E., miller.
Murnahan, James, engineer.
Osborn, Rev., pastor, M. E. Church.
Parker, Silas, retired farmer.
Patten, Joel, carpenter.
Peck, I. S., butcher.
Ruberson, James B., dealer in drugs and
medicines; born in Jackson County, Indiana in 1850; came to Iowa in 1865, and
located in Dallas County; engaged in the drug business in the spring of 1878.
Seamas, J. B., broker.
Sheppard, H. B., clerk.
Smith, E. K., physician.
Thompson, James, blacksmith.
Thomas, L. S., shoemaker.
Van Meter, J. R., proprietor of Van Meter
Mills; born in Bartholomew County, Indiana, in 1824; came to Iowa in 1850, and
located in this township; married Mary Peabody in 1855; she was born in
Highland County, Ohio, in 1834; have five children: Ellen, Mary, Jacob,
Carrie and Henry. Are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Van Meter
was captain of Co. C, 46th Iowa; enlisted in 1864, and was discharged in the
same year. Republican.
Walker, John, superintendent of Chicago and
Van Meter Coal Company; born in England in 1821; engaged in present business in
1877; married Jane Harvey in 1853; she is a native of England. Democrat.
Welch, J. W., justice of the peace.