JOHN W. SNARE, representative citizen of Wampum, a member of the Town Council and a leading merchant, was born
August 10, 1859, on the old Bartholomew farm, in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Adam and Elizabeth
Katherine (Bartholomew) Snare.
The Snare family is of German extraction. Christopher Snare, grandfather of John W., came to Clarion County from
the eastern part of Pennsylvania, and he settled in the section where he spent the remainder of his life, clearing
up a farm from the wilderness. He died at the age of ninety six years. His six children were: Michael, who died
aged sixty three years; Joseph, who lived to the age of sixty seven years; John, who died, aged thirty three years;
Adam; Polly, who married John Plotzer, and Elizabeth.
Adam Snare, father of John W., was born in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, May 11, 1837. He grew to manhood on the
home farm and assisted largely in its clearing. Later he worked in the Stuartson furnace in Armstrong County, and
three other brothers also found work there. While they were so engaged they invested their wages in farm land and
when one brother, John, died they were buying their third farm. After this Adam returned to the homestead and cared
for his aged parents and remained at home until 1872, when he moved to Mahoning He entered the employ of Lockel
Brothers as a teamster, and remained until 1876, going then to West Monterey, Clarion County. There he leased a
coal mine and his sons worked for him delivering coal to the oil wells during the great oil boom of 1876. After
the death of his wife, in 1880, he purchased property at Bruin, Butler County, and resided there until 1883, when
he returned to his father's old place and took charge of the latter's affairs until the father's death. Adam Snare
then bought a place at Rimersburg and lived there until his death in 1900. He married Elizabeth Katherine Bartholomew,
who died in 1880, aged forty three years. They had the following children: Jerry, deceased; John Willis; Regina,
who married W H Emrick; Isaiah, deceased; Anna, who married Lemuel Jackson; William H.; Mary, deceased, who married
Stephen Wiltrout, and Edward. The Bartholomew family originated also in Germany. The maternal grandfather of the
above children was William H. Bartholomew, and he lived to the unusual age of ninety six years.
John Willis Snare grew to manhood in the oil regions and his first work was done around furnaces and oil wells.
He began to haul metal when he was almost too small to handle the heavy loads and, later engaged in mining. Before
he was twenty one years of age he had been engaged in some of the hardest work he has ever done in his life. For
three months after he had reached his majority, he was engaged as a brakeman on the gravel train of the Pennsylvania
& Lake Erie Railroad, in his neighborhood, and for three months longer assisted in building an extension of
the road and later was put in charge of the work at Duck Run. He laid all the track from the junction at Wurtemburg
to the Isabella quarries, a contract which consumed six months of time. Later he worked for nineteen summers as
a quarryman and engaged in the sand stone business. Ink the spring of 1885 he moved to Wampum and continued in
the stone business at this point until 1903, in partnership with the firm of Patton & Gibson, of Pittsburg,
and a Mr. Ehrhart, of Elartgate. In 1897 Mr. Snare embarked in a mercantile business, buying out the firm of White
Brothers at Wampum. This enterprise he has successfully conducted ever since.
On October 9, 1884, Mr. Snare was married to Rosanna Ehrhart and they have one child, Marie. He is a member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church at Wampum and the treasurer of this body. Politically, he is a Democrat, and on
numerous occasions he has been elected to offices of responsibility in town and township. For the past twelve years
he has been a member of the Town Council, where his excellent business judgment has been of great value to the
community. He served three years as tax collector and in other offices and at all times takes the active interest
of a good citizen in all that pertains to the general welfare of the public.
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908
Lawrence County Pennsylvania Biographies
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