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Clay W. Metsker
"Clay W. Metsker was born in Carroll County, Ind., on Sept. 20, 1869, the son of Andrew J. and Amanda Worl Metsker. He was educated at DePauw University. In 1894 he married Nellie Camp and they had four children: Roland, Helen, Winifred, and Richard. Metsker taught school for several years and studied law. He became interested in journalism and owned a newspaper in Beloit, Wis., for a short while. Moving to Plymouth, he purchased the Plymouth Democrat which later merged with the Independent. He was active in politics; was a member of the Indiana general assembly; and died on Aug. 22, 1949." [Donald E. Thompson, Indiana Authors and Their Books 1917-1966 421 (Crawfordsville, Indiana: Wabash College, 1974)] ["...after completing his education he spent one and a half years in reading law under the preceptorship of Attorney Newberry Howe, of Delphi, Indiana." He then "drifted into the journalistic field" and purchased purchased the Beloit News in September, 1892. Danield McDonald, A Twentieth Century History of Marshall County Indiana 504-505 (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1908)][online text]
Metsker, in a preface to a collection of his poetry, provides the reader with a short list of the "Incidents in the Life of the Author." Metsker makes no mention of his law studies in this listing, or that he ever took up the practice of law. There is no reference to Metsker's ever practicing law in McDonald's A Twentieth Century History of Marshall County Indiana.
Clay W. Metsker, The Glow Book of Human Interest Rhymes (Plymouth, Indiana, 1930)
Clay W. Metsker, Booze on its Hunkers: Or, a Nation's Awakening ([Plymouth, Indiana]: [Metsker], 1931)