Biography of George A. Snow
Buchanan County, IA Biographies





George A. Snow, manager at Independence for the Meuser Lumber Company of Dubuque, is a self made man who has been both the architect and builder of his own fortunes. He now occupies a creditable position in commercial circles and his worth is widely acknowledged. He was born in Ticonderoga, Essex county, New York, on the 12th of June, 1848, a son of William E. and Alzina (Sweet) Snow, who were also natives of Ticonderoga. In early life the father learned the ship carpenter's and house carpenter's trades and in the year 1867 he came to Iowa, settling at Independence, where he engaged in carpentering for a number of years. He then purchased a farm southwest of the city and devoted his energies to general agricultural pursuits until his life's labors were ended in death in January, 1892. For four decades he had survived his wife, who passed away in 1852. After her demise the father married her cousin, Miss Betsy J. Sweet, his second union occurring before his removal to Iowa. There were two children of the first marriage, George A. and Charles J., the latter now a resident farmer of South Dakota. There were also two children of the second marriage: Emma, deceased; and Jed, who resides on the old homestead.

George A. Snow pursued his education in the schools of New York and for one year in the schools of Independence. At the time of his mother's death, which occurred when he was but four years of age, he went to live with his maternal grandparents, with whom he remained until he was eighteen years of age. He came to Iowa in 1869, joining his father, with whom he remained through the winter. He then worked in Independence for others, being employed for one summer in the building of the big mill at this place. He afterward secured a clerkship in a store, remaining there and in other stores for about eight years. He next turned his attention to the hotel business, which he conducted for two years at Cedar Falls, Iowa, after which he became a landowner, also following farming for about eight years. On the expiration of that period he again took up his abode in Independence and for nine years was employed in the Leach lumber yard, at the end of which time Mr. Leach sold the business to the Meuser Lumber Company of Dubuque. Mr. Snow remained with them as manager of the business at Independence and is now in control of the yard at this place. He has carefully directed the business, which has become a profitable venture, and he has the entire confidence of the corporation which he represents. He owns farm lands in Nebraska and in Minnesota, having made judicious investment in real estate.

Mr. Snow has been married twice. In 1876 he wedded Miss Emma. Fleming, who was born north of Winthrop in Buchanan county, a daughter of James years of age he began teaching in the rural schools and the following year came to Iowa, where he was employed as a teacher in the district schools of Delaware county for a time. He afterward traveled in a photograph car, making daguerreotypes throughout northeastern Iowa for two years, and he visited Waterloo when it was only a village. He afterward became interested in a hack line carrying passengers between Waterloo and Dyersville, Iowa, and later he turned his attention to farming, having saved from his earnings a sum sufficient to enable him to purchase a tract of land in Liberty township, Buchanan county. He was also appointed mail agent over the route between Winthrop, Rowley and Marion, carrying the mail for about a quarter of a century. While thus engaged he established an implement business in Quasqueton, which he has conducted for the past twenty five years and within that period has built up an extensive trade. He now has one of the leading establishments of this character not only in Quasqueton but in the county, and he has also established branch implement houses at Robinson and at Rowley, Iowa, devoting the greater part of his attention to that line. However, he is a stockholder in the State Savings Bank of Quasqueton and in the State Bank of Monti, and for many years he has been closely and extensively associated with agricultural interests, being the owner of three hundred and ninety five acres of valuable land in Buchanan county, some of which is in Cono and some in Liberty township. He handles Durham cattle for commercial purposes only and also full blooded Percheron horses.

In 1858 Mr. Burrhus was married to Miss Elizabeth Crooks, who died in 1872, and the following year he wedded her sister, Martha A. Crooks, who was born in Leesville, Ohio, and in 1856 was brought to Iowa by her parents, Alexander and Hannah (Johnson) Crooks, natives of Ireland and of Leesville, Ohio, respectively. In early life the father learned the tailor's trade in New York city following his emigration from Ireland to the United States. He afterward removed westward to Leesville and in 1856 came to Quasqueton, where he filled the office of justice of the peace. Later he was elected sheriff of this county and following his return to Quasqueton was again elected justice of the peace, occupying that position to the time of his death, his decisions being strictly fair and impartial. In Ohio, too, he was very active in politics. His religious faith was a dominant feature in his life. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he served as trustee and was also superintendent of the Sunday school. He was honorable in every relation and his life constituted an example well worthy of emulation.

Mr. Bureaus has a family of four children, three of whom were born of the first marriage and one by the second. F. C., the eldest, now a druggist of Denver, Colorado, has lost his wife but has two sons, Leo and Harold. Lois N. is the wife of George Rozelle, representative of a pioneer family of Buchanan county and a conductor on the Denver & Salt Lake Railroad. She is the mother of two sons, Alfred and Harry McDonald, born of a previous marriage to George McDonald. Artie E. is the wife of O. D. Stapleton, a civil engineer living at La Grange, Illinois, and they have four children: Doris, Mabel, O. D. and Billy B. The fourth of the family is A. P. Bureaus, Jr., who is associated with his father in the implement business. He married Ida. Overly and they have seven children, namely: Walter B., Wilma, Marjorie, Genevieve, Miriam, Pauline and Kenneth.

Mr. Burrhus has long figured actively in political circles as a stalwart republican. He has been a member of the county central committee and a delegate to state conventions and has done not a little to shape the party's policy in this section of the state. At the present writing he is filling the position of township clerk and is the efficient and popular mayor of Quasqueton. Fraternally a Mason, he has filled all the offices in the local lodge, including that of master. He is equally prominent in the Odd Fellows lodge, in which he has passed through all the chairs, including that of noble grand, and he has been a delegate to the grand lodge. Stronger still is his belief in and sympathy with the principles and teachings of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he is an active and zealous member He is serving as one of the stewards, is chairman of the board of trustees and is superintendent of the Sunday school. He is constantly seeking out new methods to interest the young people in the work of the church and to instill into their minds those principles which work for the upbuilding of noble character. He has ever been interested in all movements for the betterment of existing conditions, whether for the mental, material, political or moral welfare of his community. His life has indeed been a potent force for good and the consensus of public opinion names him as one of the foremost citizens of Quasqueton and his part of the county.

From:
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1914


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