Industrious, enterprising and progressive, and possessing the
energy and ability that ever commands success in life, John
Snodsmith is prominently associated with the advancement of
the financial interests of Jefferson county, being cashier
of the Belle Rive Banking Company, of Belle Rive, which was
organized in June, 1910, by local and Mount Vernon capitalists,
in connection with the Third National Bank of Mount Vernon.
This company is capitalized at twelve thousand dollars, of
which five thousand eight hundred dollars is paid in, and
gives four per cent interests on time deposits, while its
individual liabilities amount to a million dollars. Its officers
are all men of ability and integrity, being as follows:
President, F. E. Patton, of Mount Vernon; vice-president, A.
Knowles, of Belle Rive; cashier, John Snodsmith, of Belle Rive;
while its directors are F. E. Patton, George A. Cross, L. L.
Emmerson, R. B. Kern, Kirby Smith. A. Knowles, W. F. Carpenter,
E. B. O. Dayton, T. J. DeWill, George H. Batka and Henry Puckett.
John Snodsmith was born on a farm in Morris Prairie township,
Jefferson county, Illinois, September 28, 1866, of German ancestry.
His father, John Snodsmith, Sr., a native of Germany, immigrated
to this country when very young, and after living in Saint Louis,
Missouri, located on a farm in Jefferson county, Illinois. Energetic
and thrifty, he succeeded in his agricultural labors, and at the
time of his death, in 1885, owned a whole section of land, six
hundred and forty acres.
During the Civil war he served his adopted country as a soldier,
enlisting in Company E, Thirty-first Regiment of Volunteer Infantry,
in which he served nine months and six days. He married, in Saint
Louis, Missouri, Eliza Thoensing, a native of Germany, and of their
seven children two died in infancy, and the five that grew to years
of maturity are as follows: Mrs. Carrie Maxey, a widow, living in
Mount Vernon; Henry H., a farmer; Adolphus, also a farmer; Charles
Augustus, deceased; and John, of this sketch. Brought up on the home
farm John Snodsmith attended the rural schools of his district, after
which he completed a course in bookkeeping in Lexington, Kentucky,
later continuing his studies at both the Ewing College and the
Valparaiso College. Fitted for a professional career, Mr. Snodsmith
taught school five terms in Jefferson county, commencing when he was
twenty years old. He has since followed farming most successfully,
and in addition to owning one hundred and thirty acres of the parental
homestead, having purchased in the summer of 1911 a farm of seventy-six
acres in Morris Prairie township. He is now devoting his energies to
his duties as cashier of the Belle Rive Banking Company, a position
for which he is eminently qualified, and which he is filling most
acceptably to all concerned. Taking an active interest in political
affairs, Mr. Snodsmith is an ardent supporter of the principles of
the Democratic party. He served as assessor of Morris Prairie township
three terms, and for one term was school trustee. Fraternally he is a
member of Belle Rive Lodge, No. 992, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
and religiously he is a member of the Missionary Baptist church. Mr.
Snodsmith married, in 1891, Ollie Jane Smith, daughter of Benjamin
Smith, of Spring Garden township, Jefferson county, and they have
one child, Juanita Jean, born October 7, 1897.
Source: History of Southern Illinois George Washington Smith,
M. A. VOLUME I - III ILLUSTRATED
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