Randolph County, Indiana
William Andrew Meredith
The science of
veterinary surgery has an able exponent in Randolph county in the person of Dr.
William Andrew Meredith, of Lynn, a man whose services are in great demand
over the county, partly because he has established a solid reputation for skill
in his chosen profession and partly because he is a genial and well-liked
gentleman that makes and retains friends easily.
was born in Williamsburg, Indiana, March 26, 1871. He is a son of John W.
and Malissa C. (Cox) Meredith. The father was born near Williamsburg,
January 31, 18--, and is a son of Andrew and Mary Meredith. Andrew
Meredith was a native of South Carolina and a pioneer of Wayne county,
Indiana, making the long overland journey from the far South when traveling was
a hazardous undertaking for many reasons, such as bad roads, unbridged streams
and few settlers, to say nothing of lurking Indians and white highwaymen, who
frequently waylaid those who pushed to the frontiers of civilization. He began
life in the woods in Wayne county and worked hard to get a start in the new
John W. Meredith, the
father, grew up amid pioneer environment and he worked hard when a boy on the
home farm. He received a meager schooling in the early-day schools. He has
devoted his life to active farming and stock raising and is at this writing
still living in the town of Williamsburg. His wife passed away April 31, 1913,
at an advanced age. Politically, John W. Meredith is a Democrat, and
religiously a Quaker. He has served as trustee of his township. Fraternally, he
belongs to the Masonic Order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the
Encampment, being prominent in each and holding high offices in all three.
grew to manhood on his father's farm, where he made himself useful during the
crop seasons, and he received a common school education in the schools of his
native locality. When a young man he decided to take up veterinary surgery and
with that end in view he entered the Toronto College of Veterinary Surgery at
Toronto, Canada, and there made a splendid record, graduating with the class of
1894. He began the practice of his profession at Williamsburg, Indiana, where
he remained two years, being successful from the start, then moved to Lynn,
Randolph county, where he has remained to the present time, enjoying an
ever-increasing and lucrative practice, which extends throughout this locality,
and he has met with a high degree of success in all his practice. He has
remained a deep student and has kept well abreast of the times in all that
pertains to his work.
Doctor Meredith is a Republican, and fraternally, he belongs to the Masonic
Order, having held all offices in the local lodge except that of Worshipful
Master. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias, being Past Chancellor of
the lodge at Lynn. In religious matters, he belongs to the Christian church.
Doctor Meredith was married on April 6, 1898, to Cynthia A.
Newton, of Lynn, and to this union one child was born, Margaret. The
wife and mother passed to her rest on October 10, 1904. The Doctor was again married
on September 10, 1912, to Mrs. Daisy Mills, of Farmland.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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