As one of the more prominent men to be identified with financial matters of his community, Lewis Owen Snoddy, cashier of the Farmers' and Merchants' Bank of Golden Gate, is eminently deserving of some mention in a historical and biographical work treating of Wayne county.

Mr. Snoddy was born on April 6, 1888, in Covington, Indiana, and is the son of E. 0. Snoddy, also a native of Indiana, born there in 1865, and the son of Samuel Snoddy. The latter was born in England and emigrated to America in his early manhood. E. 0. Snoddy removed to Illinois in 1904, and is now conducting a banking business in Redmon, Illinois. The mother of Lewis Snoddy was Mary Trueman in her maiden days. She became the mother of four children, namely: Eva, married to


Sam Horton, and living at Shumway, Illinois; Lewis Owen, of this review; Dean A., of Indianapolis, and Sherman, of Redmon, Illinois.

The public schools of Covington, Indiana, afforded to Dr. Snoddy his elementary education, after which he attended Westfield (Ill.) College. For one year after finishing his studies he was as~istant cashier of the Shumway Bank, following which he accepted an offer from the Farmers' and Merchants' Bank of Golden Gate, and he has been cashier of that important institution since its organization to the present time.

The bank was organized October 9, 1909, as a private bank by H. J. Metealfe, who has since acted as president of the institution; and C. A. French, who is vice president. Other members of the concern are H. T. Goddard, president of the First National Bank of . Mt. Carmel; A. M. Stern, president of the First National Bank of Crossville; T. W. Hull, president of the First National Bank of Carmi, and B. French, Sr., of Belmont, Illinois. With such a coterie of well established and thoroughly responsible men in control of the bank, it is unnecessary to lay further stress upon the solidity and reliability of the institution. It has an individual responsibility of one million dollars, with deposits of thirty-five thousand dollars, and stock subscribed to the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars. It enjoys the favorable regard of the people of Golden Gate, and is known to be one of the solid and substantial financial houses of the county. Since its organization Mr. Snoddy has been cashier of the bank, and has fulfilled his duties in a manner highly creditable to one of his years, and which has indicated his entire fitness for a career in the financial world.

Mr. Snoddy was united in marriage on October 10, 1909, to Bernice Ferguson, of Redmon, daughter of Hugh Ferguson of that place. Two children have been born to them,—Christine Ferguson and Max Eldem, the latter born March 16, 1912. The family are members of the United Brethern church. Mr. Snoddy is a Republican, politically speaking, and is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.

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