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Title: John Wesley Metsker
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The subject of this sketch is one of the leading farmers and stock raisers of the township in which he resides and as a citizen, alive to all that tends to promote the interests of the community and benefit his fellow men, he stands a conspicuous example of the intelligent, broad-minded American of today. John Wesley Metsker is descended paternally from Teutonic ancestry, and traces his family history back through several generations to Germany, of which country his great-grandfather, Jacob Metsker, was a native. Isaac Metsker, son of Jacob Metsker, came to America many years ago and was among the earliest settlers of Warren county, Indiana, where he purchased land from the government and made a number of substantial improvements. The original family homestead is near Pine Village, and it was there that the subject's father, John R. Metsher, spent the greater part of his life and achieved distinctive success as an enterprising tiller of the soil. John R. Metsker was born in 1817 in Ohio, came to Indiana with his parents when quite young and departed this life on the family homestead in the month of April, 1888. His wife, a native of North Carolina, died in the year 1902.

John Wesley Metsker was born September 28, 1842, in Warren county, Indiana, and has spent all of his life in the vicinity of the original farm which his grandfather entered. He was reared to agricultural pursuits, early chose farming for his vocation and has followed that honorable calling with marked success ever since, being at this time one of the leading agriculturists and stock raisers of Mill Creek township and among the most enterprising and progressive citizens of Fountain county.

Mr. Metsker has a fine farm of one hundred forty acres, which he has brought to a high state of cultivation, and on which are some of the best buildings and other improvements in the ablove township. In connection with tilling the soil, he gives much attention to live stock, in the breeding and raising of which he has few equals and no superiors in his part of the state. For a umber of years he has made a specialty of fine Jersey cattle, principally for dairy purposes, and Poland China hogs, while his horses, of which he keeps from twelve to fifteen, are of standard breeds and noted far and wide for their many points of excellence. Associated with him in the raising of horses is his son, Webb Metsker, an intelligent and wide-awake young man whose knowledge of horseflesh and how to develop strong, beautiful and symmetrical animals is second to that of no other man in the county similarly engaged. At the present time they have a number of fine pacers and trotters which have won their full share of prizes, in addition to which their fine amimals of the Belgian breed have also attracted much attention from horse men and others interested in introducing improved live stock among the farmers of the county.

Mr. Metsker keeps abreast of the times on all matters of public import and, though not a politician in the usual sense of the term, he manifests a lively interest in the leading questions and issues of the times and gives his support to the Republican party. His domestic life dates from the year 1870, when he was happily married to Sarah Little, whose father, George Little, was a native of Ohio and an early settler of Warren county, Indiana, where his death occurred some years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Metsker have had five children, the oldest of whom, Carrie, married A. N. Ford, a farmer and school teacher of Mill Creek township, and has a daughter of her own, seventeen years of age; William, Everett and Raymond died young; Newton Webb is the youngest of the family. The last named, who, as already indicated, is associated with his father in farming and rearing of live stock, was married in January, 1912, to Edna Alice Moore, daughter of George Moore, deceased, and lives on the home place with his parents. He is a man of high standing, belonging to the lodge at Kingman, an energetic farmer and business man, and his many friends predict for him a bright and promising future.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001170
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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