Bureau County Biographies 1885
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Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois
H.C. Bradsby, Editor
Chicago: World Publishing Company - 1885
Reprinted by: Higginson Book Co.  Salem, MA
Purchased on CD from Wardhouse Books

Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society

Pages 656-57

C.P. SNOW, Princeton, was born September 9, 1834, in Boston, Mass. His parents, Thomas J. and Caroline (Wilbur) Snow, were natives of the same vicinity. The former was a teacher by occupation, and won considerable fame as an instructor in different States. The first part of his life was spent in teaching in different institutions in his native State, the latter part in Kentucky, where he left a fair record in his chosen profession. He finally came to Peoria, this State, where he taught two years and there died. During his life he spent much of his leisure time in instructing his children, who thus received the benefit of the superior  education which he had acquired at Cambridge, Mass., being a graduate of that place.

The early life of our subject was spent in the school room, and when a young man he worked a few years on the farm. At the age of eighteen he became an assistant teacher, having inherited from his father a love for the profession. He has been a teacher nearly thirty years, and almost half of that time in the schools of Princeton, which speaks volumes for his ability as an instructor. His first regular school was taught in Chicago in 1854, where he and his two brothers, Hector O. and Oren T., were employed as teachers in the "Garden City Institute," a private school which burned in 1860, after which he went to Peoria, Ill., where he was Principal of one of the city schools for eight years. In the spring of 1864 he enlisted as a private in the Fourtheenth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Company H. He was promoted to First Lieutenant and served till the close of the war, after which he resumed his school at Peoria.

On the 1st of September, 1869, he came to Princeton, Bureau County, where he was appointed Superintendent of city schools, and has filled that position to the present day. Here he was also joined in matrimony, July 23, 1872, to Miss Elizabeth D. Paddock, who was born March 20, 1850. She is a daughter of Solomon A. and Angelica H. (Boyd) Paddock. He was a native of Charleston, S. C., and died in Bloomington, Ill. She was a native of Boyde Grove, ll, named in honor of her parents, who were Charles S. and Elizabeth (Dixon) Boyd, both natives of New York and among the first settlers of this county. They came here in company with "Col. John Dixon" and were forty days on the road from New York to this county.

Mrs. Snow is the mother of two children, viz.,: Allan P., born April 4, 1881, and Corydon P., born November 29, 1883.

Mr. Snow is a member of the Swedenborgian Church. He is also a member of the A.F.& A.M. fraternity, Princeton Lodge, No. 587, a Sir Knight of Malta, Temple Commandery, No. 20, and G. A. R. In politics he is a stanch Republican.

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