Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of I.D. VAN METRE


         I.D. VAN METRE, son of James M. Van Metre; farmer, dairyman, stockman. The farm where he lived, “Old Stone House Farm” was very productive in that it produced a ton and a quarter of milk per day during World War I, along with other productions in proportion. Mr. Van Metre was a member of the Board of Directors, Maryland-Virginia Cooperative Milk Producers Association, with headquarters at Washington, D.C. He had two daughters, Katherine Van Metre and Bessie Van Metre, the former a Martinsburg High School graduate, class of 1928, and the latter, class of 1930; and two sons, James Van Metre, and I.D. Van Metre Jr., both members of the 4-H Calf Club of Berkeley County; both won many awards at the West Virginia State Fair at Wheeling in September 1926 for training, showing and judging Jersey cattle and demonstrating modern milking equipment and sanitary condition of milk.

         Mr. Van Metre lived in an historic neighborhood, specifically in the home of General Adam Stephen, a soldier of the Revolutionary War. The house, built in 1727, was called the “Old Stone House Farm” when General Stephen lived there. At the spring was an old Indian fort that was destroyed by the Indians during the French and Indian War. Just a mile east of the Van Meter home, where Thomas K. Campbell lived, was the home of General Horatio Gates, another Revolutionary War soldier. General Gates named his residence “Traveler’s Rest.” Three miles south from that residence was the town of Leetown, named in honor of General Charles Lee, another general in the American Revolution, who lived there. About 3 miles east of Leetown on the road leading from Charles Town to Middleway stood the old mansion named “Harewood,” which was the home of Martha Dandridge Curtiss, the wife of General George Washington, a widow with a son and a daughter. She was a Dandridge of Dandridge’s Ford, “The Bower,” on the east bank of the Opequon. “Killdate,” The ancestral home of Haunce Van Metre was situated on the State highway, 1 mile north of the Stone House Farm. He was an Indian fighter. His son, Jacob Van Metre, and his grandson, James LaRue Van Metre, were born at that place, later owned by Mrs. Mary C. Copenhaver.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1928.

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