Biography of John A. Reifsnider
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





JOHN A. REIFSNIDER, boot and shoe manufacturer and dealer, Spingfield. John A. Reifsnider was born in Nevrville, Cumberland Co., Penn., on Jan. 18, 1834; he had two brothers and five sisters, of whom one brother and four sisters are living. He came of a long lived family, his father and mother dying at the ages of 65 and 71 respectively, and one of his aunts attained the remarkable age of 102 years. Mr. Reifsnider learned his trade with his brother, at Reading, Penn., from 1849 to 1854, coming to Springfield in 1854, where he worked at the bench until 1861. In the meantime, Sept. 5, 1855, he married Eliza J. Sprague, of Springfield. About one month prior to the breaking out of the war, he bought out a small establishment one door east of his present location; he was joined in business, in 1863, by his brother, K. R., the firm name being Iteifsnider & Bro., continuing until Oct 8, 1879, when his brother died; on the 22d of the same month, our subject bought the interest of his brother's estate. Mr. Reifsnider's only military experience was with the well known "Squirrel hunters." Of his six children, two of either sex survive - Charles S. and Frank M., both being in business with their father; and his daughters, Ida and Hesper, are respectively 18 and 16 years old. He is a self made man, being early thrown on his own resources, and never had any assistance from friends; he is one of those genial men who have a smile and pleasant word for all, and has a host of friends. Mr. Reifsnider is eminently a man of societies, being an active and worthy member of the following bodies: Clark Lodge, No. 101, F. & A. M.; Springfield Chapter, No. 48; R. A. M.; Springfield Council, No. 17, R. & S. M.; Palestine Commandery, No. 33, K. T.; Moncrieffe Lodge, No. 33, K. of P. ; Uniform Rank, No. 6, K. of P., of which he is Lieutenant Commander, and has been Past Master of Clark Lodge, F. & A. M., and Thrice Illustrious Master of Springfield Council of Royal and Select Masters; also Past Captain General of Palestine Commandery of Knights Templar.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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