Harry SNELL, who is conducting a general store at Whitefield Corners, was born in Peoria, Illinois, on the 2d of December, 1878, and is a son of George Washington and Hattie (McCURDY) SNELL. The father, a native of Indiana, removed to Illinois at an early day. In 1846 he became a resident of Milo township, Bureau county, and he afterward owned and operated a farm of forty acres between Sparland and Lacon and also one hundred and sixty acres of land a mile and a half south of Sparland. He has thus been associated with the agricultural development and progress of this portion of the state and he now makes his home in Sparland. He wedded Miss Hattie McCURDY, of Bushnell, Illinois, who is also living.
Harry SNELL, their only child, was reared upon the home farm in the usual manner of farm lads and acquired a district school education. He is now identified with mercantile interests, being connected with the store at Whitefield Corners. His fraternal relations are with Gem lodge, No. 572, I. O. O. F., in which he is serving as treasurer, and he has the warm regard and friendship of many of his brethren in this organization. His political views are shown by earnest and stalwart support which he gives to the republican party. His entire life has been passed in this portion of the state and his strong and salient characteristics are those which make him a popular citizen.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.