Samuel J. Snider, who is engaged in general farming in Union township, was born in the township where he is
now residing on the 12th of March, 1855, and is the eldest son of the late John and Rachel (Durbin) Snider. The
father was a native of Tuscarawas county, Ohio, and the mother of Muskingum county, that state. John Snider, who
was a lumberman, came to Poweshiek county as a young man and engaged in farming, continuing to be identified with
that vocation until about five years prior to his death, at which time he retired. The mother has also passed away.
Unto them were born eight children, five of whom are living, namely: Samuel J., our subject; Morton L., who is
residing in Union township; George B. and Martha, both of whom are deceased; Alice, who married Stephen Rivers,
also of Union township; Elizabeth, the wife of Grant Johnson, of this township; Cora, who married John W. Rogers,
of Bates county, Missouri; and Frank, deceased. The family attended the Christian church, of which the father was
for many years an elder, while his political allegiance was accorded the democratic party and he served his township
in the capacity of school director.
The boyhood and youth of Samuel J. Snider did not differ save in detail from those of other farmer lads of that
period and like circumstances. His time was divided between the work of the schoolroom and the performance of such
tasks as were assigned by parental authority, while for recreation he indulged in the sports in which young people
in the more sparsely settled communities usually revel. In the acquirement of his education he attended the district
schools in his vicinity, and after laying aside his text books he assisted his father in the work of the farm.
Later he worked by the month as a farm hand, being thus employed until he attained his majority. He subsequently
purchased forty two acres of land and engaged in general farming. Having met with a fair degree of success in his
ventures he has since added to his original tract until he now owns one hundred and two acres of land, which is
under a good state of cultivation.
Ever since age conferred upon him the right of suffrage Mr. Snider has given his political support to the candidates
of the democratic party, while his religious views are manifested through his affiliation with the Christian church,
of which he was formerly a deacon. He has always led a quiet; unobtrusive life but is known to be a kind neighbor
and loyal friend.
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Poweshiek County, IA
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