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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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John Metzger.

John Metzger has devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits throughout his entire business career with excellent success and is now the owner of a well improved farm embracing two hundred acres on section 18, Jackson township.  His birth occurred in Bureau county, Illinois, on the 4th of November, 1869, his parents being George H. and Margaret (Farber) Metzger, both of whom were natives of Germany.  They emigrated to the United States in young manhood and young womanhood and were married in New York.  Some time in the '50s they removed westward to Bureau county, Illinois, and in the spring of 1873 came to Iowa, locating on the farm in Jackson township, Adair county, which is now in possession of our subject.  George H. Metzger owned two hundred and forty acres of valuable land and won a gratifying measure of success in his undertakings, so that when he passed away in 1896 the community lost one of its substantial and representative citizens.  Mrs. Metzger died in 1912 and her demise was the occasion of deep and widespread regret throughout the locality in which she had made her home for almost four decades.

John Metzger was brought to Adair county by his parents when in his fourth year and has remained within its borders continuously since.  He attended the district schools in the acquirement of an education and continued under the parental roof after attaining his majority, operating the home farm in association with his father.  Two years prior to the latter's demise our subject took charge of the place and two years after the death of his father purchased one hundred and sixty acres thereof, while after his mother's death he bought the remaining eighty acres.  Subsequently, however, he sold a forty-acre tract, so that his holding now embrace two hundred acres.

In 1903 Mr. Metzger was united in marriage to Miss Mathilda Kuester, of Cass county, Iowa, by whom he has six children, namely:  Earl L., Roy H., Glenn E., Viola G., Dean C. and Clair Wesley.  Mr. Metzger gives his political allegiance to the republican party, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his wife also belongs.  A resident of this county for forty-two years, he has gained an extensive acquaintance and many friends who hold him in high esteem.



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