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nois, where he had been connected with
the stage line and also in the grocery
business. He was for many years the
leading groceryman in Mount Pleasant,
his location being in the north side of
the square. He voted with the Whig
party, and was very much interested in
the welfare and progress of his party,
and his fellow townsmen, recognizing his
worth and ability, called him to the office
of county treasurer and collector of taxes.
He filled both offices up to the time of his
death, and he was ever known as a loyal
and progressive citizen, whose labor was
a tangible factor in the development of
this section of the state.

On the 27th of July. 1837, Mr. Snyder
was married to Miss Susan A. Ellis, of
the state of Kentucky, daughter of Henry
and Susan Ellis. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder
were the parents of eight children : Oscar
H. Snyder, jeweler, of Fairfield, Iowa.
George \\'. Snyder, mail clerk; C. ^I.
Snyder, an accountant, and a soldier in
the Civil war, both of Blount Pleasant,
Iowa. Elizabeth, widow of Frank Hat-
ton, Washington, D. C. Francis A. Sny-
der, an editor, who died in 1871. Stew-



art, who died in childhood. Newton M.
Snyder, a newspaper man who is now in
Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and Mary I. Sny-
der, of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, both of
whom, together with George W., still re-
side in the old home place.

Mr. Snyder was for many years a
prominent and valued resident of Henry
county. For some time he was in feeble
health and on the 21st of June, 1854, he
passed away. He was a charter member
of the ]\Iasonic and Odd Fellow lodges
and one of the first Alethodists in Henry
county, and these membership relations
indicated the character of the man, for he
was true to the teachings and tenets of
the fraternal orders and of the church as
well.

In the early days of Iowa's develop-
ment, trouble seemed about to break out
between this state and Missouri and the
troops were called for. Mr. Snyder was
commissioned a lieutenant in one of the
companies and his commission is in pos-
session of his son Oscar. It is old and
faded, but is of value to the family, be-
ing a cherished heirloom.

He was a pure and uncorrupted public
official. His gifts and services to the
Methodist church were many and his
home was at all times open for the re-
ception of those who possessed the same
faith. His wife, too, was a member of
the Methodist church, while Mary I. and
three brothers are Christian Scientists.

]\Irs. Snyder possessed a retiring nature
but a sweet and gentle disposition and
manifested those splendid traits of char-
acter which ever mark the true wife and
mother. The poor and needy also found
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to those who needed assistance. She
passed on, on July 20, 1894.

Mr. and Mrs. Snyder were typical pio-
neer people, living for each other, their
children, and what good they could do
to friends and neighbors. No citizens of
the community occupied a higher place
in the regard of their fellow townsmen
than did Mr. and Mrs. Snyder. They were
kind, benevolent, and friendly to all and
no better man ever lived in Henry county
than Henry M. Snyder.



GEORGE E. WAY.

George E. Way, conducting a grocery
business in Salem in accordance with the
progressive ideas of the modern commer-
cial world, is meeting with well merited
success. He was born in this city, No-
vember 22, 1855, and is a son of Jonathan
and Elizabeth (Adams) Way. The
mother died at the age of forty years,
when her son George was only about two
weeks old. The father, who was born in
North Carolina in 18 14, died in Iowa
in 1887. There were seven children of
that marriage : ^^^illiam Franklin, a resi-
dnet of Oklahoma ; Martha, deceased wife
of M. Bramhall; Alonzo, who is living
in Howland, Missouri; Mrs. Sarah A.
King, deceased ; George E. and Allen,
who served for four years as a soldier in
the Fifteenth Iowa Infantry in the Civil
war and was in the siege of Vicksburg.
Theodore was for one hundred days a
member of the Union army. After losing



his first wife the father married again and
there is one daughter, Ida, of that union.

George E. Way supplemented his early
educational privileges by study in Whit-
tier College at Salem, and afterward be-
gan teaching in the country schools and
was also employed as a teacher in the
schools of Salem and at Bentonsport,
Iowa, for seven years. He was a capable
educator, imparting clearly and readily
to others the knowledge that he had
acquired.

On the I St of October, 1885, Mr. Way
was united in marriage to Miss Maggie
Foster, who was born in Lowell, Iowa,
March i, 1864. Her parents, Franklin
and Elizabeth (Riley) Foster, came to
this state from Ohio and the father en-
gaged in the milling business in Lowell
until 1870, when he took up his abode
on a farm in Henry county, there devot-
ing his remaining days to general agri-
cultural pursuits. He died in the year
1901, while his wife passed away in 1902.
Thev were members of the Congrega-
tional church and he gave his political
support to the Republican party. In their
family were twelve children, but only
two are now living: Maggie, now Mrs.
Way; and Bert, who married Anna Joy
and lives in Salem, Iowa. Soon after his
marriage Mr. Way engaged in the restau-
rant business in Salem, following that
pursuit until 1886, when his store, which
was situated on the north side of the
square escaped the disastrous fire. He
then estal^lished the grocery business in
Salem and has prospered in his undertak-
ings, conducting at the present time the
largest grocery in the city. The present
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of the square, a new building erected
since the fire, and is the property of his
wife. He has by reasonable prices, fair
and honest deaHng and courteous atten-
tion to his patrons secured a large trade
and is therefore meeting with generous
success. His career, however, has not
been one of uninterrupted prosperity, for
in February. 1905, his residence was
burned and his wife was much injured in
the fire, but is now improving. He has
since rebuilt and has a nice home just
west of the park, and convenient to his
home, near his store.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. ^^'ay have been
born six children, of whom five are liv-
ing: Clifton Harry, who was born Au-
gust 15, 1889, and is now a high school
student; Georgie May, born in 1897; Wil-
liam Alonzo, in 1899; Harold, in 1902;
and Helen, in 1904. Both Mr. and Mrs.
Way are active and earnest workers in
the Congregational church and he belongs
to Salem Lodge, No. 48, Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows, in which he has
passed all of the chairs. He is also con-
nected with the Modern Woodmen of
America. In politics he is a democrat
and has served for one term as alderman
of Salem, and is at the present time serv-
ing as cit}^ clerk, but he prefers to con-
centrate his energies upon his business
interests and is making substantial and
continuous advancement in commercial
lines. He is a man of domestic tastes.
devoted to his family and is the cham-
pion of all that is uplifting and elevating
in life. Both he and his wife are held in
the highest esteem and they are regarded
as representative residents of Salem,
where he has spent his entire life.



JOSEPH T. INGRIM.

The character of a community is al-
ways judged by its representative citi-
zens and to this class in Salem Joseph T.
Ingrim belongs. In business life he has
made an excellent reputation for activ-
ity, enterprise and reliability and in other
relations has commanded the respect and
esteem of his fellow men. He was born
in Belmont county, Ohio, Februarv 3,
1845, ^ son of Robert and Hannah
(Parkins) Ingrim. The father was a na-
ti^-e of Greene county, Pennsylvania, and
in that state learned and followed the
blacksmith's trade. He afterward re-
sided for some years in Ohio, and in 1853
came to Iowa, spending the winter in
Henry county, and in the spring of 1854
settled in Polk county, where he entered
a tract of government land east of Des
Moines and was engaged in farming there
up to the time of his death. He also had
a blacksmith shop and did work along
that line upon his home place. He was
a Douglas democrat, but neither held
nor desired office. He passed away Feb-
ruary 10, 1862, respected by all who
knew him and is still survived by his
wife, who, at the age of eighty-nine years,
is now living with her daughter in Dan-
ville, Iowa. She was left a widow with
six young children, the youngest being
about three years of age, and very little
of this world's goods. By means of hard
work and xtvy careful management she
kept her family together and gave them
all fair education, and has always been
highlv esteemed bv all who knew her.
She has lost her eyesight but is enjoying
comparatively good health. She was



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reared in the faith of the Society of
Friends but in later years both Mr. and
Mrs. Ingrim became members of the
Methodist church. In their family were
eight children: Joseph T.. of this re-
view ; Sarah, who died in infancy ; Lou-
isa, who died when twenty— two years of
age ; Robert, who is living in northwest
Missouri ; Stephen, who resides in North
Dakota; Harriet, the wife of R. M. Swan,
of Danville, Iowa ; Martha, who became
the wife of Caldwell McDonald, and after
his death married Charles Gillard and re-
sides at East Troy, Wisconsin ; and
David C, who resides in Denver,
Colorado.

Joseph T. Ingrim was educated in the
common schools principally in Polk coun-
ty, and was a youth of only sixteen years,
when, in 1861, he responded to the coun-
try's call for aid, enlisting in an independ-
ent company of the Second Iowa Battery,
with which he served for four years. He
was with Sherman's army at Vicksburg,
participating in the battle of Corinth, also
the engagements at luka, Nashville and
Spanish Fort, and was honorably dis-
charged at Davenport in 1865, being at
that time not yet twenty-one years of age.
Although he was so young he was a brave
and loyal soldier, never faltering in his
allegiance to the old flag and the cause
it represented and no greater valor was
displayed upon the field of battle by any
veteran of twice his years. He spent a
few months in school- in Henry county
following the close of the war and after-
ward learned the carpenter's trade in Sa-
lem, which he followed until 1899. He
had erected many buildings in Iowa by
contract and was closely identified with



building operations in his home neighbor-
hood. In 1899 he engaged in the lumber
business and receives a liberal patronage
from Salem and the surrounding country.
He has a well equipped lumber yard and
his trade is now extensive and profitable.
That he has prospered in his undertakings
is indicated by his property holdings,
which include a handsome residence on
Main street, also the property in which
the Belle Telephone Company is located
and his lumber yard.

On the nth of August, 1868, Mr. In-
grim was married to Miss Leannah Hob-
son, who w^as born in Salem, July 4, 1849,
and is a daughter of Peter and Rachel J.
(Gibson) Hobson. Her mother was born
in Ohio and her father was a native of
North Carolina. They came to Iowa
about 1838, settling in Salem, when it
was a very small village. He became an
early merchant of the town, being asso-
ciated with his father and brother in the
conduct of mercantile interests but later
he turned his attention to farming. His
business activity and energy along other
lines contributed in substantial measure
to the growth and progress of that com-
munity. He served as school director and
gave his political allegiance to the Repub-
lican party, while in the Society of
Friends, in which he long held member-
ship he acted as an elder. Mrs. Hobson
was a noble Christian woman and an
elder in her church. Mr. Hobson died July
2, 1901, while his wifepassed away March
30, 1890. They were worthy people, dis-
playing many excellent traits of character
that gained for them the esteem and good
will of all with whom they were asso-
ciated. In their familv were ten chil-



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dren. Sarah Ann became the wife of
Samuel Comer and after her death he
married her sister, Louisa Maria Hobson,
and now resides in Elk Citv, Kansas.
Mary Jane is the deceased wife of S.

C. Jones, who now resides in Palisade,
Nebraska. Maria is now^ ]\Irs. Comer.
Elizabeth became the wife of Henry J.
Lamb and both are deceased. Leanna is
the wife of Joseph T. Ligrim. Tamar

D. is the wife of Harvey D. Slack, pub-
lisher of a newspaper at Belle Plaine,
Iowa. Emma is the W'ife of Jesse Slack,
of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Lincoln J. was
killed by a haypress accident, lea^-ing a
wife, who bore the maiden name of Ida
Logan, and who has since married Peter
Hines, and resides at Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Belle is the w'ife of Samuel Logan, of
Madison county, Iowa, and one son died
when four years of age. After losing his
first wife Mr. Hobson was married to
Miss Martha Myers of Indiana.

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Ingrim
was blessed with five children : Jennie,
born in West Grove, Davis county, Iowa,
in 1870, is now a teacher in the public
schools of Wyoming, where she has pre-
empted land. Emma, born in Davis
county in 1872, married Charles E. Mc-
Claren, of Mount Pleasant, and died De-
cember 25, 1897. Hannah Belle, known
as Dolly, was born in 1875 and died at
the age of nineteen years. Rachel, born
in 1880, is a milliner. Arthur J., born
July 22, 1882, is now station agent and
operator for the Chicago, Burlington &
Quincy Railroad at Salem, Iowa. He
married Grace Cramer and has one child,
Anna. Mr. and Mrs. Ingrim are also
rearing a little girl, Mildred Foreman,



who has been with them since six months
old and who has now reached the age of
twelve years. She has not been regu-
larly adopted according to the forms of
law but is reared as one of their own chil-
dren. Thev have given to their children
excellent educational privileges, all hav-
ing been students in Whittier College in
Salem. Their daughters were all very
successful school teachers, but Roe pre-
fers the millinery business. She has also
served the past two years as the worthy
matron of the order of the Eastern Star,
in the chapter of her home. Mrs. Ingrim
was a charter member of the Woman's
Relief Corps and its president for several
terms, also a member of the Eastern Star.
In his political views Mr. Ingrim is a
stalwart republican and about eighteen or
tw^enty years ago served for one term as
mayor of Salem. He was also justice of
the peace for a number of years and is
now again mayor. He was likewise as-
sessor for eight or ten years but retired,
not caring for the office longer. He served
for twenty 5^ears as a member of the
school board and for a number of years
was its president. His co-operation can
always be counted upon to further pro-
gressive public measures and his labors
in behalf of public measures in Salem
have been far-reaching and beneficial. Mr.
and Mrs. Ingrim are devoted members of
the Methodist church in which he is a
trustee and steward. He is also an Odd
Fellow, having passed all of the chairs in
Salem Lodge, No. 48, and he belongs to
Salem Lodge, No. 17, Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons. His life has ever been
honorable, his actions manly and sincere
and he enjoys the confidence and trust of



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his fellow men in an unusual deg'ree.
Having made a most creditable military
record when but a boy, he then entered
the business life with no capital but with
strong purpose and determination and
steadily he has worked his way upward
until he has attained success, finding that
prosperity is the reward of laudable am-
bition guided by sound judgment and
that an honorable name may be won
simultaneously.



SWAN PETER MORGAN.

The Swedish element has ever been a
valued one in American citizenship. A
noted historian has spoken of Sweden as
"the home of the honest man" and the
sons of that country have ever been noted
for their diligence and perseverance, so
that the combined qualities of integrity
and industry constitute a citizenship that
has indeed been an important factor in the
improvement of our western country. Of
this class of citizens Mr. Morgan is a
representative. His birth occurred in
Sweden, February i, 1841, his parents
being Samuel and Katie (Nelson) Mor-
gan. At the usual age he entered the
public schools and acquired a fair educa-
tion in his native land. He was reared to
the occupation of farming and has always
made it his life work, finding in that vo-
cation ample opportunity for the exercise
of his talents and industry and gaining
therefrom a comfortable living as the
years have gone by. Thinking to en-
joy better business privileges in the new



world, he sailed for America in 1862 on
a steamer bound for New York, and after
reaching the American port he made his
way at once to Galesburg, Illinois, where
he resided for a short period. He after-
ward came to Henry county, where for
three years he operated a rented farm,
and in 1870 he removed to the vicinity of
Swedesburg, purchasing eighty acres of
land about a half mile east of the village.
There he carried on general agricultural
pursuits for four years, when, disposing
of that property, he invested in one hun-
dred and sixty acres of land just across
the road. There was an old shanty upon
the place, which at that time constituted
almost the entire improvement that had
been made, but he resolutely took up the
task of cultivating the soil and adding to
the farm the buildings and other equip-
ments found upon model farm properties.
He has erected a good residence, in fact
his home is one of the most commodious
and beautiful in the township, forming a
verv attractive feature in the landscape.
He has also built various barns and sheds,
having everything necessary for the care
of crops and stock and he uses the latest
improved machinery to facilitate the work
of the fields. That he prospered is indi-
cated by the fact that in 1892 he was
enabled to add to his property by addi-
tional purchase of eighty acres adjoining
the original tract on the north and in 1894
he bought another eighty-acre tract on
section 22 and also eighty acres in Marion
township. He is one of the prominent
stockmen of the county and known as a
breeder of polled Angus cattle. He also
breeds Duroc Jersey hogs and raises some
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345



profitable business when capably directed
by sound judgment and unflagging enter-
prise and his efforts in this direction have
been crowned with a gratifying measure
of success.

On the 19th of October, 1867, ^^^'■
Morgan was married to Miss Anna
Louisa Lungreen, a daughter of Swan
and Anna (Peterson) Swanson. Six chil-
dren have been born of this marriage.
Amelia Sophia, born July 3. 1868. is the
wife of Frank Xelson, a resident of
Lindsborg. Kansas. Florence, born De-
cember 6, 1871. is the wife of Solomon
Stephenson, who is mayor of Olds, Iowa.
Frank Jesse Alfred, born January 19,
1874, is cashier in a bank at Olds. Tollie.
born December 16, 1875, Carl Joseph,
born October i, 1878, and Herbert S.
Luther, born January 2, 1881, are all at
home. Mrs. Alorgan was born in Sweden,
July 22, 1842, and at the age of twenty-
one years came alone to America on a
sailing vessel, which was nearly twelve
weeks in completing that voyage. She
took passage at Hamburg, Germany, and
sailed for New York city, whence she
made her way to Galesburg, Illinois, and
there she lived up to the time of her mar-
riage. Mr. Morgan has planted trees
around his place and now has a fine grove
and without exception his is the most
beautiful home in the entire country side
and stands as a monument to the labors
and efforts of the owner, who is indeed a
self-made man. Without pecuniary or
family advantages at the outset of his
career he has progressed along well de-
fined lines of labor until today he is one
of the substantial agriculturists and stock -
raisers of this portion of Iowa.



SAMUEL NEWTON NIXON.

Samuel Newton Nixon, who is con-
ducting in Mount Pleasant one of the
leading photographic studios of Henry
county, was born in Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania, July 17, 1.866, a son of Pressley
and Emma (Robinson) Nixon. The par-
ents were also natives of the Keystone
state and the father followed farming
there until 1840, when he came to Iowa,
settling near \\'infield, where he carried
on general agricultural pursuits for eight-
een years. He then removed to Olds, Iowa,
where he continued farming for fifteen
years and in 1896 he took u]) his abode
in Alount Pleasant, where he is now living
retired at 502 West Saunders street. His
life has been active and his well directed
business affairs have brought him the
comfortable competence that now enables
him to enjoy a well merited rest. At one
time he was a member of the Odd Fellows
Society. A stanch republican he has served
as constable in Winfield for several years.
Both he and his wife are members of the
Congregational church and he served as
church trustee throughout the period of
his residence in Olds. Unto Mr. and Mrs.
Nixon have been born three sons and
three daughters, namely : Samuel New-
ton; Ada, who is head seamstress in the
employ of Mrs. Pontius, of Mount Pleas-
ant, Iowa; Anna, the widow of Edwin
White, who died nine years ago, leaving
three children, their home being in Mount
Pleasant; William, of Van Wert, Iowa,
who married Miss Olive Young and has
three children ; Harry, a railroad agent at
Knoxville, Iowa ; and Grace, the wife of
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Mr. Nixon of this review was a public
school student in Henry county, pursuing
his studies at Lincoln Hall until eighteen
years of age, after which he attended
Howe's Academy and subsequently the
Io\>'a Wesleyan Universit}\ He lived with
his father on the homq farm until twenty-
two years of age, when he began learning
the carpenter's trade under the direction
of Frank Miller and Myron Martin, of
Olds, Iowa, and devoted five years to that
pursuit. In 1888 he became postmaster
at Olds, which position he filled for two
and a half years, being the only repub-
lican postmaster in Henry county at
the time. During his second 5'ear
as postmaster, or in 1890, men opened his
building and came into his room where he
slept. Mr. Nixon, however, was awake
and seeing the men asked what they
wanted, when they ran. He fired through
the door and also the window at them, but
they made good their escape and Mr.
Nixon escaped loss or injury. He
afterward went to Texas, where he
spent six months, working at his
trade, during which time he built se\'-
eral houses and barns. In 1898 he
came to Mount Pleasant and took
up his abode on North Jeft"erson street,
where he has since engaged in photo-
graphic work and he now has a well ap-
pointed studio and is conducting an excel-
lent business. He is thoroughly conver-
sant with the latest and best improved
methods known to the photographic art,
keeps in touch with modern processes and
does a grade of work that makes him a
leader in this department of business in
Henry county.

Mr. Nixon is a member of the Modern



\\"oodmen Camp and also of the Yeoman
and belongs to the Congregational church.
He has served as superintendent in the
Sunday school and takes an active and
helpful part in church work. He can
remember a time when there were no
houses between Mount Pleasant and
Swedesburg and when there were no im-
provements upon the old homestead farm
at AA'infield, the father making all of the
improvements that transformed the place
into a splendid farm property. Mr. Nixon
resides with his parents and the family is
one of prominence in the city. His genial
manner, unfaltering courtesy and defer-
ence for the opinions of others have made
him popular and he has a wide circle of
friends here.



CHARLES JACOB LANG.

Charles Lang is a notable representative
of an old German family, and has mani-
fested in the course of a long, active and
interesting career many of the most in-
teresting traits of his native race and
blood. He has been industrious to a
marked degree, and has never shown any
disposition to shirk hard work or avoid
his full share of the labor to be done. He
has been prudent and economical, and
while never approaching miserliness or
stinginess, he has never shown any dis-



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