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    REV. JOHN H. SNELL, general farmer and representative citizen of Bethel Township, residing on his valuable estate of eighty-one and one-half acres, was born in Bethel Township, Miami County, Ohio, November 3, 1849, and is a son of' Daniel and Susannah (Detrick) Snell.

    Daniel Snell was born in 1814, in Rockingham County, Virginia, and was twenty-five, years of age when he came to Miami County and took up his resident in Bethel Township, from which he later moved to Clark County, where be died in August, 1893. In politics he was an old-time Democrat. He married Sannah Detrick, who died February 2, 1895, and both were buried in a cemetery not far from Springfield, Clark County. They were worthy members, of the German Baptist Church. They had eight children, namely: Barbara, Elizabeth, Catherine, Jacob, Daniel, Philip, John H. and Abraham.

    John H. Snell was afforded excellent educational advantages and made good use of them. For several years he attended school at Lawrenceville, Clark County, then spent two terms in Springfield College, after which he embraced teaching as his profession, devoting himself to this for the succeeding thirteen years, three of which were spent in Kansas. After he married, in I877, he had settled in Clark County, where he taught school and also engaged in farming, after which he visited Kansas, where he lived on a farm for six years, being recalled to Clark County on account of his father's failing health. He remained there for two years and then purchased his present fine farm in Bethel Township, Miami County, from Milton Sensman. This farm is favorably located, being situated four and one-half miles west of New Carlisle and reached by the Studebaker Turnpike Road. He found all the present buildings standing, but repairs were needed, and he has done considerable improving since taking charge of his property. Grain, hay, fruit and stock are the products of his farm.

    On December 2, 1877, Mr. Snell was married to Miss Susanna Neher, a daughter, of Adam Neher and they have had two children Edgar A., who died October 25, 1900; and John D., who married Media Chalk, a daughter of William Chalk. They have two children, Milo and Thelma.

    Mr. Snell and family are members of the old German Baptist Church of Bethel Township, in which he has been a minister for the past five years. Like his father, he is a Democrat.

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