SNOUSE, HUBER, MILLER, ZERBEL, DIAMOND
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A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
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EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
HARRY W. SNOUSE is a native Iowan, was clerking in stores while still in
school, and during the past twenty-eight years has become one of the leaders
in the great army of agents and representatives of the Prudential Insurance
Company of America. Mr. Snouse has been advanced to the responsible
position of superintendent of the Davenport division for this company. The
Prudential Company, though organized in 1875, is now the second largest in the
world and in the fifty-four years of its history has had only three
Mr. Snouse was born at Nashua, Chickasaw County, Iowa, November 14, 1874,
son of John And Christiana (Huber) Snouse. Both parents are deceased. His
father moved to Dubuque, Iowa, at the close of the Civil war and soon
afterwards to Nashua, where he was in business as merchant tailor.
Harry W. Snouse grew up in Nashus, attended grade and high schools there
and was earning money by working mornings and evening and on Saturdays. He
became a clerk for Dr. Samuel S. Troy, a prominent pioneer doctor, who also
conducted a drug and grocery business. Mr. Snouse lived with the Troy
family, who took him into their home and greatly befriended him. Mr. Snouse
for a time worked in a general store in Ohio and was also an employee of the
Pennsylvania Railroad Company.
He took up insurance work in 1902, and has been continuously with the
Prudential Company. at the close of his twenty-five years of consecutive
service he was given a medal and certificate in honor of his faithful service.
His first soliciting was done at Troy, Ohio, but because of ill health he
went to Colorado, where he represented the company from 1902 to 1908. Mr.
Snouse in August, 1908, was made assistant superintendent at Rock Island,
Illinois, and in 1912 became superintendent of the Galesburg, Illinois,
district. In 1926 he was transferred to Davenport as superintendent of this
district, where he has under his supervision seventy-two employees, including
thirty-one men who reside in Davenport. The Davenport office has a notable
standing among the larger agencies of the Prudential Company.
Mr. Snouse is a broad minded and generous citizen, deeply interested in
boy welfare work and is chairman of the boys' work committee of the Y. M. C.
A. and in the Baptist Church is a trustee and member of the finance board.
He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Davenport Life Underwriters
Association, of which he has been vice president, and the National
Association of Life Insurance Men.
Mr. Snouse married, in 1898, Miss Florence M. Miller, who was born in
Ohio. She is also active in church and is a member of the Y. W. C. A. board at
Davenport. They have five children. Ruth is a graduate of Knox College
of Galesburg, Illinois, and is the wife of Clarence Zerbel, living at
Escanaba, Michigan. Walter, also a graduate of Knox College is associated with
the Prudential Insurance Company in the Davenport district. Helen graduated
from Lombard College at Galesburg and is the wife of Harold A. Diamond, who
is connected with the Prudential's home office force. Harold Snouse is
connected with the A. P. Green Fire Brick Company at Mexico, Missouri, and
Miss Margaret is attending Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls, Iowa.
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