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living. Their names are as follows: Murray B.; our subject; Fanny; Harry V.; Rachel C. and Martha.
Our subject was born while his parents resided in Jersey County, III., Jan. 26, 1862. Until he attained his majority he made his home with his parents. who afforded him through the years of his boyhood and youth every opportunity to obtain a fair practical education in the common school of that district, after which he went to work upon the farm. Shortly after attaining his majority he was united in the irrevocable bonds of matrimony with Jennie Rich, daughter of Richard and Alzina (Clardy) Rich. Her father was born in Devonshire, England, on the 12th of February, 1834. He came to America in 1851 and settled in Jersey County, Ill., following the occupation of farming until his death, which occurred on the 7th of August, 1880. For twenty-five years he had been a member of the Baptist Church. He was married on the 25th of November, 1850, and became the father of four children, one of whom died in infancy. The names of the remaining three are: Anna, now Mrs. William Birkemayer, of Jersey County; Mary, the wife of William Darby, of the same county; and Jennie F., the wife of our subject.
Mrs. Voorhees was born on the 14th of November, 1861. at Fidelity, Jersey Co., Ill., and continued to live with her parents until her marriage. She had been given quite a fair education, and was thoroughly conversant with the various duties of the household, and both by nature and education fitted to hold a good position in general society. After her marriage, which occurred upon the 4th of April, 1883, she continued to live with her husband at Fidelity for about three years, our subject being engaged in farming. Thence they removed, in 1886, to this county, and engaged in stock and grain farming upon section 25, operating three-quarters of the entire section. Mr. Voorhees has shown his enterprise by engaging in the breeding of Hereford cattle.
The family of our subject has been increased since his marriage by the birth of one son, who has received the name of Richard. Mr. Voorhees is a man who is devoted to his home and business, and seeks no engagement outside these, therefore he has given comparatively little attention to political matters, and has never sought office; usually he votes with the Republican party, but is somewhat independent in that matter, considering first the man and his fitness for office, and then his party.
ENRY H. SNYDER. Few of the intelligent and enterprising subjects of the German Empire who come to our shores from year to year are more so than Henry Snyder, the father of our subject, who is one of the prosperous farmers of Jackson County, Ind. He was born in 1820, in Germany. and came to America when about fifteen years of age, and made his home in Cincinnati. He began life in this country at the foot of the ladder, and was very soon working as a day laborer; by diligence and care it was not long before he was enabled to purchase the farm in Jackson County, Ind., where he still resides. He is a man greatly admired and respected, and has at various times been called upon to fill every office of his township.
Mr. Snyder, Sr., was married, in 1847, to Anna Meslow, who was born in Germany in 1825, and died in the year 1885. They became the parents of twelve children, eight of whom survive. The names of these are recorded as follows: Louisa, whose husband, Henry Holla, is a prosperous farmer of Jackson County, Ind.; our subject; Margaret, now Mrs. Harmon Krette; Amelia, widow of August Brethaure; John F., a farmer of Sherman Township, this county; Anna and Lavina, who make their homes in Indianapolis; and Willie, who is still at home in Jackson County.
Our subject was born on the 15th of April, 1852, and continued to live with his parents until he was twenty-three years of age. His school days closed with his fourteenth year, but in that time he had laid a good foundation whereon to erect the superstructure of his later experience. From that time onward farming has occupied him almost entirely, and long before he was of age he was sufficiently well acquainted with all the details of its work to take charge of an entire farm.
In the year 1871 Mr. Snyder bade farewell to
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bachelor life and became the husband of Anna Klinge, the daughter of Henry and Annie Klinge, who were natives of Germany. Mrs. Snyder was born in Jackson County, Ind., in the year 1856, and after a married life that comprised about two bright and happy years, died on the 8th of October, 1877. In the following February our subject removed to Page County, Iowa, and there engaged in farming with much prosperity.
On the 14th of February, 1882, our subject contracted a second matrimonial alliance, the lady of his choice being Mary E. Martin, a daughter of John M. and Anna (Allen) Martin. Her father was born in New Jersey, in 1831, and resides in Pawnee County, Neb. Her mother was born in Cincinnati, in 1839, and died in 1864. Their home circle included thirteen children, nine of whom are living. Mrs. Snyder was the eldest of the family, and was born in Page County, Iowa, Feb. 4, 1860, and continued to reside with her parents until her marriage. She presented her husband with four children, whose names are as follows: Edward, Charles C., William J. and Merl.
In the communion of the Lutheran Church, in which our subject was brought up, he continues to find that which is in harmony with his religious principles, and is a regular and devout worshiper. His political associations are with the Democratic party, and he is a consistent and regular supporter of that party, and has so continued since it was his privilege to vote.
TEPHEN D. TERRY. One great secret of success in any position, calling or profession in life is congeniality and adaptability, and this is the secret of the success in life of the subject of this sketch, whose reputation is unquestioned along the line of his chosen occupation, viz., that of stock-raising. Gage County has few citizens who more delight in this department of work, or who better understand what is demanded in that connection; the wise and the otherwise of the handling and care of stock. He is in fact, as it were, to the manor born, and as a result takes to it naturally, and equally as naturally is rewarded with an unusual prosperity and success.
Our subject is a native of Fleming County, Ky. When he was fifteen years of age his mother removed to McDonough County, Ill. There he lived until the spring of 1880, when he came to this county, where shortly after arrival he leased the half-section where he now lives, at that time owned by a Mr. John Ellis. He commenced to handle stock, chiefly cattle and hogs, and from that as a beginning has continuously progressed. Upon landing in the township he found himself possessed of just $15, $10 of which he immediately forwarded to his wife to pay railroad fare, that she might join him, and of this amount upon arrival she possessed but ninety-five cents. These figures give the financial basis of our subject's fortune, but no figures can show the spirit and determination to succeed that inspired this young couple. He purchased stock of Mr. Ellis to the amount of $550, for which he gave his note, for which he took interest in the form of a partnership, sharing the profits for five years. Then Mr. Terry was enabled to purchase the farm of 840 acres, and also Mr. Ellis' interest in the stock.
From the time of the above purchase our subject has continued to operate the farm in his own interest and upon his own responsibility, and with even greater success than he previously enjoyed. There are at present some 300 head of high-grade cattle of pure blood upon the place, and about 100 that are being fattened for the market. In pigs his special breed is the Berkshire variety. Of these he raises seldom less than 300 per annum. His sales never run lower than 250 head of fatted cattle, and from 200 to 300 hogs. In addition to the above, and upon a somewhat more limited scale, though with no less measure of good fortune attending, Mr. Terry raises some very fine Clydesdale, Norman and English draft horses.
The farm of our subject is naturally adapted for his purpose, and is well supplied with water from a stream that has its origin in springs which are chiefly upon his land. No matter how hot or dry the season, this most important requisition is found in abundant supply. He raises for feed purposes about 150 acres of corn every year, and in addition
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