At age 20, in 1872, Amos attended Scio College but did not graduate. (The college later merged into what today is known as The University of Mount Union.) Amos' brother Luther Minerd Sr., and distant cousin by marriage William Burkholder, also attended Scio College in the late 1800s.
When the federal census was enumerated in 1880, Amos at age 27 was unmarried and lived at home with his parents. The census-taker recorded that Amos' occupation was "traveling agent - nursery."
A lover of books, and with excellent writing skills, Amos likely was the same "Minerd" who helped organize a literary society at Locust Grove, near Cadiz, in 1886, which drew "very large" crowds. When his father died in 1897, Amos wrote a touching and thoughtful obituary for the Harrison News.
The Cadiz Republican once published this description of Amos:
His part of the struggle of life's work was that of a traveling salesman until , at which time he retired to farm life. He was of a kind disposition and an obliging neighbor; was also a great reader and an interesting conversationalist. He was a firm believer in a Supreme Power, and lived and died believing that our good deeds go not unawarded.
Unfortunately, the marriage did not last. They were divorced in about 1890 -- following seven years of marital union -- after she moved out of their home.
Amos was close with one of his second cousins, Louise "Lucy" (Minard) Clark, of Mt. Vernon, Knox County, OH, and the daughter of Thomas G. Minard. The Clarks named their son "Amos B. Clark" in his honor. When he died, Amos left $500 in cash to the boy. In his will, he also bequeathed $500 to Mrs. Emma Ogier, of Marion, OH. Her relationship to Amos is not spelled out.
In his will, Amos left the remainder of his estate to his nephew, Harry Calvin Minard, whose father John had been declared "an insane person" and was institutionalized at a state hospital.
Amos is mentioned in Joseph T. Harrison's 1927 book, The Story of the Dining Fork, which
details early students at Scio College, and lists his name among "Nongraduates."
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