Missouri is to be congratulated upon the ability of its press, and the dailies published in the minor cities will
bear comparison with papers of their class published anywhere in the United States. A good representative newspaper
in this field is the Daily Register, published at Webb City, Jasper county, with which the name of Snodgress has
been until recently associated.
William Snodgress was born in Tennessee. Elizabeth S. Gray, who became his wife, was born in Pennsylvania. In childhood
they were both brought by their parents to Indiana, where their youthful days were passed among the pioneers on
White river. In 1854 William Snodgress and his family removed to a point near Fort Dodge, in Webster county, Iowa.
From there they removed in 1868 to Jasper county, Missouri, settling on Center creek, rive miles southwest of Carthage,
where Mr. Snodgress purchased a farm of three hundred and ninety acres. Mrs. Snodgress died in 1895, and Mr. Snodgress
survived her until June, 1895.
Hamilton Snodgress, of Webb City, Jasper county, Missouri, was born in Randolph county, Indiana, August 23, 1833,
and began his education in a log school house near his father's home. Later he attended other schools;n Iowa, and
in 1868 he accompanied his parents to Jasper county, Missouri. He was married August 17, 1865, to Menttice E. Karr,
of Webster county, Iowa, a daughter of Moses and Elizabeth (Shaeffer) Karr, and has three children. Their daughter,
Ida C., married Jesse A. Zook, of Joplin; their daughter, Dicie F., married Walter L. Spurgeon, of Webb City; and
their son, William A., was until recently the editor and proprietor of the Webb City Daily Register. For twelve
years Mr. Snodgress was in the grocery trade at Webb City, where he has lived since August 6, 1877.
William A. Snodgress, the editor and proprietor of the Webb City Daily Register until late in the year 1901, was
born on a farm in Jasper county, Missouri, in August, 1872. He was educated in the schools of Webb City, finishing
in the high school, and began his newspaper experience on the Daily Register, under Jesse A. Zook, who was then
its editor. In 1895 he acquired an interest in the paper, and in 1896 he and his father bought the paper. From
that time they published it as a seven column folio. It was Democratic in politics and in its news and mechanical
departments it was thoroughly up to date. Mr. Snodgress was elected a member of the hoard of education of Webb
City in April, 1901. He was married in 1895 to Miss Jessie Motley, of Webb City.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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