Solomon Alwood, whose interests as a farmer,
public spirited citizen and leader in church and community affairs identify him prominently with Troy
Township of DeKalb County, lives five miles southwest of Edon, Ohio.
He was born in Troy Township January 29, 1861,
a son of Charles and Elizabeth (Rosenburg) Alwood.
His parents were both natives of Ohio, his father,
born January 22, 1827, and his mother August 24,
1827. After their marriage they came to DeKalb
County and settled in Troy Township, where the
father followed farming until he enlisted in Company G of the Thirteenth Indiana Infantry. He was
a faithful soldier and died July 4, 1865, before being
mustered out of the army. He was a democrat in
politics. His widow survived him many years, passing away July 5, 1902. She was the mother of seven
children: John, of Butler, Indiana; Henry, of Battle Creek, Michigan; Leonard, of Angola; Samantha, of Edon, Ohio; Solomon; Warren, of Clare
County, Michigan; and Ananias, deceased.
Solomon Alwood was four years old when his
father died. He grew up at the old home, was educated in the district schools, and helped his mother
run the farm until his marriage.
November 13, 1899, Delia Van Wormer became his
wife. She was born in Troy Township December
16, 1867, a daughter of William and Sarah (Haswell) Van Wormer, the former a native of Pennsylvania
and the latter of Ohio. Her parents were
married in Indiana and her father served in Company K of the One Hundredth Indiana Infantry
until the close of the Civil war. The Van Wormers
were members of the United Brethren Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Alwood after their marriage lived
on the home farm until he bought his present place
in Troy Township. He owns a 118-acre farm, and
has specialized to a considerable extent in the breeding of Duroc hogs.
Mr. and Mrs. Alwood have four children : Clark
W., born September 6, 1890, is a blacksmith in Steuben County;
Claude L., born June 27, 1892, a farmer
in Troy Township ; and Leland and Lelah, twins,
born August 7, 1902, both graduates of the common
schools and now in the senior year of the Butler
High School. The family are members of the United
Brethren Church and Mr. Alwood is a church trustee and superintendent and teacher of the Sunday
School. He was a candidate on the democratic
ticket for the office of trustee of Troy Township in
("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)
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