JOHN F. SNELL. The state of Ohio has contributed thousands of its sons to Illinois and here many of them have gained friends and fortune, being recognized as substantial citizens who have truly merited the confidence in which they are held in their respective communities. In this number is John F. Snell, of Virden township, who was born in Ohio, March 24, 1864, a son of Henry and Amanda (Mayer) Snell, the former of whom was also born in the Buckeye state. The father came to Illinois with his family in 1867 and engaged in farming in Macoupin county, becoming the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of good land. He died November 5, 1905, and his wife was called away in February, 1903. They were the parents of six children, namely: Anna Mary, deceased; Emma, who married Frank Buckingham, of Girard; John F., of this review; Elizabeth, deceased; Charles, a resident of Virden; and Ollie, who si now living on the old homestead.
In the common schools John F. Snell gained his preliminary education which he has since greatly widened by contact with the world. He continued with his parents until reaching maturity and then rented three hundred acres which he cultivated for nine years. He subsequently rented one hundred and sixty acres for five years, and having accumulated sufficient capital, purchased eighty acres in Virden township, one-half mile southwest of the town. He engaged in general farming and made a specialty of breeding full blooded Percheron horses. In his business affairs he has displayed clear discernment and his good management is evident in the excellent results he has obtained. During recent years he has been greatly interested in coal mining and is the principal stockholder of a valuable property at Farmersville, which carries a vein nine to fourteen feet thick. This mine gives promise of becoming one of the large producers of the county.
On the 24th of December, 1885, Mr. Snell was married to Miss Catherine Brubaker. They have four children, namely: Dorothy, who was born September 30, 1888, an is the wife of George Stutzman, of Mount Vernon; Bertha, deceased; Ernest, who was born September 1, 1896, and is living at home; and Blanche, born June 12, 1901. Mr. Snell is a valued member of the Church of the Brethren. He is now interested in politics and has never voted but has applied himself closely to business and is accounted one of the energetic and successful men of this section. He is a man of pleasing nature and by his kindly spirit has gained the good will of his neighbors and all with whom he has had business or social relations.