Edward Harley Paine, who, in connection with Simon G. Snyder, owns and publishes the Marengo Republican, was
born in Marengo on the 17th of September, 1870. His father, Charles Clement Paine, was born in the neighboring
state of Illinois on the 29th of August, 1840, and his mother, who was in her maidenhood Mary Elizabeth Lanning,
was a native of Indiana. The history of the Paine family has been traced back to Thomas Paine, who in 1707 became
a resident of Yarmouth, Massachusetts. The grandfather of our subject, James Augustus Paine, was the first of the
family to emigrate westward and he first settled in Indiana, whence, after two years, he removed to Illinois. Later
he returned east and for ten or twelve years resided in Pennsylvania, but at length removed to Iowa and continued
to live in this state until his demise. He was by occupation a surveyor and had the reputation of doing excellent
work. He passed away on the 14th of November, 1867, mourned by a host of friends. His son, Charles Clement, came
to Iowa in 1856. His wife became a resident of this state in 1846 and their marriage was here solemnized. To their
union were born two children: Edward Harley, and Lulu Maude, the wife of Simon G. Snyder.
Edward Harley Paine attended the public schools of his native city and so acquired a good education. While still
a youth he began learning the newspaper business and is now one of the publishers of the Marengo Republican. His
partner in the enterprise is his brother in law, Simon G. Snyder, and before becoming the owners of the Republican
they conducted the Marengo Herald. In the two years that they have published the Marengo Republican they have materially
increased its circulation and also its advertising patronage, and they are recognized as able and successful representatives
of the press. The paper is a weekly and has an enviable reputation for progressiveness and reliability.
On the 21st of July, 1909, Mr. Paine was married in Maywood, Illinois, to Miss Allie Mae Childress, a daughter
of G. T. and Margaret A. Childress, who resided in Iowa in the early days of this state. Mr. Paine is a republican
and is a loyal worker in behalf of his party. Fraternally he is associated with the Knights of Pythias lodge and
in his life exemplifies that loyalty to friendship that is the foundation of the order. His knowledge of newspaper
work, sound judgment and initiative are important factors in the success of the Marengo Republican and he is justly
regarded as a valued resident of his city.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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