Biography of Ansel Snow
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ANSEL SNOW was born in Bridgewater, Mass., May 4, 1784. Arrived at manhood, he moved to Oswego. Co., N. Y., and bought a farm near what is now the city of Oswego. On this farm he resided till 1837, when he sold ont, and in the month of Febrnary started with his wife and seven children for Michigan. They came with sleighs, arriving in Kalamazoo, March 16, 1837. Mr. Snow had been out the fall before and bought of the government eighty acres in Oshtemo, and one hundred and twenty acres in Kalamazoo townships. They were four weeks on the road, and found good sleighing all the way. The farm was all new, and there were no buildings; a log house soon went up, and into it the thmily moved, feeling that they then had a home all their own. Mr. Snow could not do hard labor, having lost his health in the lumber woods of Canada. This was a great disadvantage, but with hired help and the assistance of his boys he improved and left a fine farm. In 1840 he sold his. Kalamazoo land and moved into Oshtemo, upon land near that now owned by Alpheus Snow. He resided on this farm until his death, Oct. 15, 1864. Mr. Snow is spoken of by his old neighbors as a man whose life was above reproach, and whose death was a loss to the community. He married Arbelia Wilmarth, who was born in Massachusetts, May 27, 1795.

Orrin Snow, the child of Ansel Snow, was born in New Haven, Oswego Co., N. Y., Sept. 27, 1829. He came West with his father, being then eight years of age, and he may be called a pioneer of Oshtemo, his childhood, youth, and manhood having been mostly passed there. When he settled, schools were few, hence his chances for an education were very limited; yet he has acquired enough to fit him for the active and successful business life he has since led. Arrived at the age of twenty two, he started business for himself, for several seasons running a breaking-team. In the spring of 1853, in company with eight others, he went to California by the overland route. The party was six months on the road, and experienced the hardships and excitements incident to an overland trip at that time. He engaged in mining, but, not meeting with the success he had anticipated, he took passage in a steamer for home, the voyage occupying a month. After his return he-made a trip through Iowa and Minnesota, but, finding no place that suited him as wpll as Michigan, he returned and bought two hundred and thirty acres of land in Oshtemo, near the home of his boyhood. To this he has added until he owns four hundred and fifty acres of fine land. Two hundred acres he has improved, and built a fine house with many and commodious outbuildings. Mr. Snow has for several years been engaged in raising blooded cattle, and has now as fine a herd as can be found in the county, taking first premium at the fairs in Plainwell and Kalamazoo, in 1879. In politics Mr. Snow is a stalwart Republican. He was formerly a Whig. He has been justice of the peace, town treasurer and supervisor, and is an influential and energetic citizen. He was married on the 16th day of April, 1856, to Catherine M. Hill, daughter of Augustns H. and Catherine (Chandler) Hill, who was born in Elbridge, Onondaga Co., N. Y., Oct. 18, 1835. There have been born to them four children, as follows: Milo A., Jan. 12, 1858; Frank, July 14, 1864, died Sept. 20, 1866; Freddie, July 10, 1869, died Aug. 27, 1869; and Katy, Dec. 22, 1874.

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.