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Source:
Biographical Record of Wayne & Holmes Co.
Publ. Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co.
1889

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  ELIZABETH VAN HOUTEN

Source:  Commemorative Biographical Record of Wayne County, Ohio Publ. Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1889 - Page 141

  PHILO S. VAN HOUTEN

Source:  Commemorative Biographical Record of Wayne County, Ohio Publ. Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1889 - Page 141

  CHARLES E. VAN METER through his grandparents on both sides, is descended from the earliest pioneer settlers of Wayne County.  His paternal grandparents, Abraham and Sarah (Miller) Van Meter, came, in 1815, from Stark County, Ohio, to this county, bringing their children with them.  Benjamin Miller father of Mrs. Sarah Van Meter, was one of hte very first settlers of Wayne County, and her sister, Mrs. Matilda Briarton, was the first white child born in the county.  Grandmother Van Meter died in 1862, aged seventy-six, and grandfather Van Meter in 1870, aged eighty-seven.
     John Van Meter, father of our subject, was born in Stark County, Ohio, in 1812, and was three years old when his parents brought him to this county.  He learned in his youth the trade of a carpenter, and after he had grown to manhood was married to Elizabeth Van Blunk McGuire, a native of Pennsylvania.  She was left an orphan when two years of age, and was reared by an uncle, Mr. Isaac Johnson, father of Judge Isaac Johnson.  Five boys were born to this union, all now living, viz.:  W. C. in Wayne County; John W., in Colorado City, Colo.; C. E.; George A., in Butte City, Mont., and Walter, in Wooster.  The parents are yet living, in Wooster, and have many friends.  They are regarded as good, upright people, and highly respected.
    The subject of this sketch entered the profession of dentistry, but followed it for a few months only, and then opened a grocery store in Wooster, which he carried in for some years.  Later, for some five years, he was clerk in a shoe store, and in 1885 he opened a shoe store for his own account, which he is at Present carrying on.  Sept. 29, 1875, he was united in marriage with Miss Nettie, daughter of James and Ellen (Higgins) Hutchison, and a native of Mount Vernon, Ohio, and educated at Mount Carmel, N. Y.  Her mother died when she was nine months old, and her father was again married; when Mrs. Van Meter was ten years of age both her father and step mother died.  Her father was born in Fredericksburgh, this county, in 1822., and was of Scotch descent his ancestors settling in this county at an early day.  Her grandmother, Mary Higgins, is living in Athens, Ohio, and is ninety years of age.  Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Van Meter have been blessed by the birth of three children: Joseph Leroy, Jennie Viola and Susie Florence.  The parents are members of the Order of the Iron Hall, and members of St. James Episcopal Church.  Mr. Van Meter is well known in Wooster and vicinity as a progressive and enterprising business man, of strict integrity, who has gained the confidence of people by his straightforward conduct, and is liberally patronized.  He has made his own way, and, although still a young man, his success has been gratifying.
Source:  Commemorative Biographical Record of Wayne County, Ohio Publ. Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1889 - Page 264
  J. P. VAN NEST

Source:  Commemorative Biographical Record of Wayne County, Ohio Publ. Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1889 - Page 89

  JOHN VAN NOSTRAN

Source:  Commemorative Biographical Record of Wayne County, Ohio Publ. Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1889 - Page 77

 



 
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