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 1918.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)



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