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Link T. Snodgrass

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 527

    Probably one of the best known men in Shelby county, is Link T.
Snodgrass, of Sidney, who, for twenty years has followed the business
of auctioneer, one who. with never failing wit, humor, seriousness or
pathos, has sold commodities of all kinds, on all occasions and at
all points where his services have been called for. He handles farm
lands and chattels with remarkable success for their owners and the
mere fact of his being the auctioneer for the occasion, is sure to
bring a large concourse to hear
him. It is a real gift that Mr. Snodgrass possesses and there are those
who declare he was born with it, and that a story told of his childhood is
that one of his first conscious acts, while still in his cradle, was an
attempt to auction off his teething ring and baby rattle.
    Link T. Snodgrass was born February 14, 1861, in Orange township,
Shelby county, O., a son of Alexander and Climena (Boyer) Snodgrass.
The father was born near Sidney and was a son of Thompson Snodgrass,
one of the pioneer settlers of this section. Alexander Snodgrass
married Climena Boyer, a daughter of Jacob Boyer, who was a man of
large substance, having entered 284 acres of land from the government
when he first settled here. Mr. Snodgrass died at the age of
sixty-two years on the farm on which he had spent his life, his widow
surviving some years and dying at Sidney, in her seventy-third year.
Link T. Snodgrass continued to make his home on the farm until he was
twenty-eight years of age, having been educated in the public
schools. In 1885 he was married to Miss Jennie N. Proctor, of Green
township, a daughter of George W. Proctor, who, for forty years was a
school teacher. In view of the success that Mr. Snodgrass has had as
an auctioneer it is interesting to learn how he began. Putting aside
the amusing story of his infantile attempts, he made a beginning by
selling cakes and watermelons, auctioning them off at social
festivals, when a mere boy. The first sale be cried in the rural
regions was for Mrs. Sallie Metz, while still living on the farm, and
he had associated with him George De Nise, a well known local
character. His largest sale was in 1907 when he sold at auction
almost a half-million dollars worth of real estate for J. D. Barnes,
receiver for the German American Bank, the auction continuing for a
number of days. He also does a general real estate business, mainly
handling farm properties. He belongs to the order of Elks and to the
Odd Fellows, both the lower and Encampment branches. Mr. Snodgrass is
a man of wealth and has a reputation for a great deal of quiet
charity. His business brings him into contact with many very
distressing situations and his warm heart is often touched. For
business as well as pleasure, Mr. Snodgrass travels over the country
in his speedy automobile.

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