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Abraham Van Meter, M. D. Health is the most precious gift bestowed upon us by nature; and how to retain it, and how to regain it when lost, are matters of vital moment. Dr. Abra ham Van Meter was born September 25, 1839, in Grayson County, Ky. The Van Meter family trace their origin to one of two brothers who emigrated to the United States from Holland. One located in New Jersey and the other in New York. John, the New York brother, went to Virginia, and married a Delaware Indian. From this branch of the family the Doctor is a descend ant. Colonel Joe Van Meter commanded a regiment in the Revolutionary War. The Doctor's grandparents were among the first settlers of Boone's Lick, Ky., and Grandfather Van Meter was a soldier in the War of 1812. The Doctor's father, Jacob R. Van Meter, was born in Kentucky in 1820, and when only eighteen years of age married Miss Rhoda C. Hackley, also a native of Kentucky. In 1840 they moved to Arkansas, subse quently to Illinois, and in 1857 to Linn County, Mo., where he died twenty two years later. The mother is living in Cali fornia, and is sixty nine years of age. In their family were eleven children, nine sons and two daughters. Two of the sons are physicians. Dr. Abraham Van Meter, the eldest child of the family, received a limited education, but being always very fond of a book, he became a well informed man. Having a natural tendency for medical literature, he began reading medicine at the age of sixteen, but later turned his attention to mechanical engineering, which he made his business until the breaking out of the war. In 1861 he enlisted in the Home Guards, and about two months later he joined Company F, Eighteenth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, U. S. A. He was at Island No. 10, then at Shiloh, when his division fought in what is called the "Hor net's Nest." He was taken prisoner, and after being held about a month at Montgomery, Ala., was sent to the Tennessee River to be exchanged, but General Mitchell, who met them there, claimed he had no authority to make exchanges, so the Doctor was taken to Chattanooga until the shelling of the town by Mitchell, when he was moved on to Macon, Ga. From there he was taken to Richmond to be exchanged, and while waiting had the pleasure (?) of spending four days in Libby prison, having been a prisoner six months and thirteen days. As soon as he gained flesh and strength he joined his regiment in May, 1863, in Tennessee, was promoted to sergeant, and served until November, 1864. He was in all the battles from Chattanooga to Atlanta. In 1864 he entered the medical department of the Philadelphia University, from which he graduated in 1865. Having located at Brookfield, Mo., he practiced at different points until 1881, when he went to Washington Territory, and later became surgeon to the engineer corps of the Northern Pacific Railroad Com pany, who were surveying the route through the Cascade Mount ains. The same year he came to Lamar. He has been medical director of the State three times for the Grand Army of the Republic, and is now serving his fourth term as post commander at Lamar. He is a Mason, a member of the Barton Medical Society, the Missouri State Medical Association, and a member of the National Association of Railroad Surgeons. He is local surgeon at Lamar for the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis (formerly the Gulf) Railroad, and is also county physician. The Doctor is a staunch Republican. December 31, 1857, he married Miss Martha A. McClure, a native of Kentucky, and to them have been born six children, two now living: Mollie and Agnes.
[Source: History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade, and Barton County Missouri,Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater]


J. B. Vaughn was born in Kentucky, in 1847, and when ten years of age left home and went to Iowa, and worked as a farm hand for one year, receiving for his services his board and clothes and seven dollars in money. During this time he went to school about four months. He remained in that State some twenty six years, and was married there to Miss Sarah Duller, by whom he became the father of three children: Clara, John and Emma. Soon after his marriage he purchased fifty acres of land, which he farmed two years, then moving to Allerton, where he was engaged in buying stock, grain and coal for about eight years. In 1882 he came to Barton County, Mo., and first purchased eighty acres of land adjoining Milford, then embarked in the mercantile busi ness, and has continued thus engaged ever since, his stock of goods being valued at about $3,500, and his annual sales amounting to $12,000. He is very much pleased with his loca tion, and says that in his estimation, this is a superior farming and stock country. During the winter months he is engaged in feeding stock, but did not follow this occupation in 1888, owing to a shortage in the crops. He is in every respect a self made man, and his property has been acquired by ceaseless toil. After his marriage, he spent some time in cutting cord wood at seventy five cents a cord, and his wife worked out for two dollars per week, he paying three dollars per week for his board. He is now one of the leading men of his section, and is a liberal patron of edu cation and other worthy enterprises. He is a Democrat, and has been township treasurer for two years. His parents, John and Mary J. (Henderson) Vaughn, were born in Floyd County, Ky., and Giles County, Va., June 4, 1878 and April 25, 1819, respect ively. They were married in Mercer County, Va., May 29, 1839, and became the parents of five children, all of whom are dead except our subject, two living to maturity; James died while serving in the Union army; and Genoa, who was the wife of B. H. Garrett. Mrs. Vaughn's parents were Martin and Susanna (Smith) Duller. To them were born nine children, six of whom are now living: Henry, a resident of Kansas; Mary A., wife of James Pinkerton; Sarah (Mrs. Vaughn), George; Emeline, wife of Charles Zahn; and Allie.
[Source: History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade, and Barton County Missouri,Goodspeed Publishing, 1889. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater]

 

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