John Valentine Meeker (1824 - 1910)

John Valentine Meeker
1824 - 1910
updated June 29, 2020
John Valentine Meeker was born on July 13, 1824 in Monroe, Ohio. He was born to Jacob Redding Meeker and Phoebe (Baker) Meeker, with siblings Oliver, Ezra, Hannah, and Usual. He died on December 24, 1910 in Walla Walla, Washington at age 86.

John Valentine Meeker; Son of Jacob Redding and Phebe Shaw (Baker) Meeker; Husband of Mary Jane Pence.

John Valentine Meeker was born on the 13th day of July 1824, at the little town of Monroe, in Butler county OH, about 25 miles north of Cincinnati. The privations of life on a little farm in the woods of that time were many and severe but Mr. Meeker records that at the age of 4 years he was first sent to school, and at the age of 14 he had a fairly good common school education, which he supplemented by his study by himself of algebra, geometry, trigonometry and surveying. At a little past 14 his father sent him to visit an uncle living in the western part of Indiana where he remained about three years.
Returning home he went after a few months, to Indianapolis, IN, where he attended school and was a classmate of Lew Wallace, afterwards Gen. Lew Wallace, and author of Ben Hur. Lack of money, however, forced him to leave school and work upon a farm where he received the meager pay of $6 to $7 per month.
In 1844, at the age of 20, he became a teacher, which occupation he followed for many years, both in the East and the West. In 1849 he married Mary Jane Pense at the home of her parents 5 1/2 miles east of Indianapolis, Ind. In 1851 they removed to Eddyville on the Des Moines river in Iowa where he lived and became an Odd Fellow. In 1853 he joined
The Dayton Lodge #56 at Eddyville and taught school until 1859, when he came to the Pacific Coast. They traveled by wagon and railroad to NYC, where the family boarded the steamer North Star. They experienced a shipwreck on one of the Bahamas, a sandy key about two miles wide and 10 miles long, and remained on this uninhabited island for six days. Obtaining help from Fortune Island 50 miles away they were transferred to Jamaica and eventually to Aspinwall Panama, where they traveled 48 miles by railroad
across the isthmus. On the Pacific Ocean side they took the steamer Cortez for San Francisco. After a rest of five days in San Francisco, they took the steamer Northerner for Portland and Steilacoom, arriving at Steilacoom December 10, 1860, the trip taking two months. Ironically on its next voyage the Northerner sank off Cape Mendicino taking the life of John's brother Oliver Meeker. The trip was a trying one to Mrs. Meeker and her little
daughter, the future Mrs. Bean, who were seasick during the whole ocean journey. The first school in Steilacoom was taught in July, August and September, 1854, by Lydia A. Bonney, the mother of the Secretary of the Historical Society in Tacoma, in a house belonging to Willis Boatman. Here Uncle John Meeker taught in 1860, teaching next at the Byrd school house near Fern Hill. The Indian scare about this time drove the family to
Steilacoom where "Uncle John" taught for three years mostly in the winter time. The intervals between these terms of school were occupied in government surveying for which he had many contracts. This work supplemented his school work very well, and afforded almost constant and profitable employment.

Puyallup.
"Uncle John" Meeker taught in the log school house on the A. H. Woolery claim in 1862. About this time John V. Meeker and his brother Ezra Meeker, took government claims of 160 acres each, joining each other and which were mostly within the present limits of Puyallup. From this time on "Uncle John" gave more and more time and attention to his farm at Puyallup until the death of his wife on March 26, 1904. She is buried in Woodbine Cemetery near Puyallup where "Uncle John" in his family notes expresses the wish to be
buried by his wife at the end of his life.

Titles
1862 Election clerk for Steilacoom precinct
1864 Appointed Pierce County Commissioner by Governor Pickering.
1864 Justice of Peace in Puyallup Valley; petitions to build a road on the south side of the river connecting with the military road.
1865 Asks fro a road up Stuck Valley to the county line
1865 Helps start the Puyallup Valley Hop Industry.
1873 Chosen to select lands for public schools
Sept 1873 Appointed County Surveyor, 1878 elected to the position
1873-76 Superintendent of Pierce County Schools
1886 Grand Master of the Washington Grand Lodge of odd fellows in 9th annual convention member of Unity Lodge ##18
1890 An officer in the Puyallup K of P Lodge
1891 Trustee for Puyallup cemetery and the IOOF plat the cemetery.
Vocal music teacher throughout his life.
- Dennis Larsen (#47401741)
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Dec 28, 1804 - Oct 30, 1869
Jul 10, 1801 - Jun 18, 1854

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Jul 23, 1828 - Jan 6, 1860
Dec 29, 1830 - Dec 3, 1928
Jan 23, 1834 - Nov 14, 1902
Mar 2, 1837 - Jul 6, 1854

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John Valentine Meeker died on December 24, 1910 in Walla Walla, Washington at 86 years of age. He was born on July 13, 1824 in Monroe, Ohio. He was born to Jacob Redding Meeker and Phoebe (Baker) Meeker, with siblings Oliver, Ezra, Hannah, and Usual.
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In 1824, in the year that John Valentine Meeker was born, on March 11th, the United States War Department created the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as a part of the War Department - without authorization from Congress. It had previously been called the Office of Indian Trade.

In 1840, at the age of 16 years old, John was alive when on February 6th, Māori chiefs and the British parliament signed the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty created a British governor of New Zealand and gave the Maori people the rights of British citizens.

In 1894, by the time he was 70 years old, on March 12th, for the first time, Coca-Cola was sold in individual bottles as a drink for consumer consumption. Previously, it was sold as a syrup for upset stomachs - over the counter.

In 1908, when he was 84 years old, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was established as the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States; it simultaneously served as the nation's prime federal law enforcement agency. Stanley Finch was the first Chief (now called Director).

In 1910, in the year of John Valentine Meeker's passing, the Mexican revolution began. Dictator Porfirio Díaz had ruled for 35 years and was nationally unpopular. When elections were held in 1910 and a rigged election kept Diaz in office. The uprising began - and lasted for another 10 years.

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