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Jacob M. Snyder 1839-1914


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 12/22/2010 at 21:13:41

Comrade Jacob M. Snyder Died
Again we are called upon to record the departure from this world of another early settler and member of the Vandenburg Post, G.A.R. In the death of Mrs. Snyder, Estherville loses a good citizen, an agreeable neighbor and a true Christian.

Jacob M. Snyder was born in Washington County, Maryland, December 13, 1839, where most of his boyhood days were spent. He enlisted in Company D of the 92nd Illinois Infantry at Palo, Illinois on August 23, 1862, but in a short time was transferred to the mounted brigade under Kilpatrick. His company was sent to Covington, Kentucky, and began active service. He was in many important engagements and at Chickamauga he encountered the fiercest fire in his entire experience in the service. He was wounded in the foot and would have been captured had it not been for a big German comrade who took him on his back and carried him from the field.

He was united in marriage to Mary A. Rinehart of West Virginia, June 12, 1866. To this union was born three daughters, Mrs. Fidella A. Miller, Mrs. Laura E. Utz, Mrs. Anna L. Davis all of this city. He also leaves seven grandchildren living here and two brothers and four sisters.

At the age of fourteen he found Jesus Christ as a personal savior and joined the United Brethren church at Keedysville, Md. He has remained a faithful member to this church until his demise.

After his marriage he spent three years in Maryland, eighteen months in Missouri and then came to Boone, Iowa. In April, 1888, he came to Estherville where he spent the last years of his life.

He was a good man and highly respected citizen. His Christian life was clean and in all his work he sought to show Jesus to the world.

His last illness was borne in patience while tender hands of loved ones ministered to his every want.

In his home he was a devoted father and thoughtful for each and every member of the home.

Funeral services at the home Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. conducted by Rev. G. F. Whitefield. Interment will be in Oak Hill cemetery. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, July 8, 1914)

Death of Aged Citizen
J. M. Snyder Passed Into His Reward Sunday [July 5, 1914] afternoon.
Long, Useful Life Closed
Deceased Had Been a Respected Citizen of This Community Since the Year 1888

After battling for months against the heavy odds with the vicissitudes of nature, J. M. Snyder, one of the old and respected citizens of Emmet county, quietly breathed his last at this home on east Lincoln street Sunday afternoon at 1:00 o’clock. Surrounded by his loved ones this true disciple of the old school of chivalrous, courteous mankind, passed out into the Unknown, and there is a sadness in this home which only the lapse of time can heal. For several years deceased has been in feeble health, and many trips to California, Florida and other health giving clinics have been made in the hope of prolonging this great life, but the ravages of time were insistent in their demands, and as this paper is being published the funeral cortege is wending its way to the west side cemetery where all that remains – except a long life filled with kind acts and worthy deeds – will be committed to the silent tomb.

J. M. Snyder was born in Washington county, Maryland, on Dec. 13, 1839, being at the time of his demise 74 years, 6 months and 22 days of age. His youth was spent near the scenes of his birth, and shortly after attaining manhood’s estate the cruel and bloody conflict that separated north from south, and estranged brother from brother, was inaugurated and Mr. Snyder shouldered a musket and went into the world of carnage. His record on the battlefield during the four long and eventful years that followed was in strict accord with the life that he has led since leaving the military ranks for the one of commercialism – fearless, courageous and valiant – a record that is a source of no little pride to the sorrowing relatives who are left to mourn in this vale of tears. On June 12, 1866, the subject of this sketch was united in marriage to Mary A. Rinehart, one of the fair daughters of old Virginia. To this union was born three daughters, who with the mother survive. They are: Mrs. M. B. Miller, Mrs. J. F. Utz and Mrs. G. W. Davis, all of this city. Two brothers and four sisters all survive, besides the seven grandchildren.

At the age of fourteen deceased affiliated with the United Brethren church at Keedysville, Maryland, and was true to his faith in all the years that have intervened. After leaving the old home in Maryland, Mr. and Mrs. Snyder journeyed to Missouri, and after a residence there of about eighteen months removed to Boone county, Iowa. In April, 1888, they came to Estherville and have ever since been identified with the town and community’s best interests.

Funeral services were held at the late home on east Lincoln street this morning at 10:00 o’clock by Rev. G. F. Whitfield, of the M.E. church, after which interment was made in the beautiful West Side cemetery.

The Democrat wishes to join a host of friends in extending sincere sympathy to the sorrowing relatives in the loss of an ideal husband and father. Peace to his ashes, and may those left behind in this world of care seek consolation for their present grief in the knowledge that on Resurrection Morn, with Gabriel sounding the tocsin of loved ones regathered together in an embrace that will prove eternal. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, July 8, 1914)

Death Summons Jacob Snyder
A Pioneer of Our Vicinity Passed Away July Fifth at One O’Clock
Funeral Services Wednesday
Mr. Snyder Enlisted in 1862 and Served Three Years. He Was Wounded in the Battle of Chickamauga

Time in its onward march again calls us to record the summons from above to another pioneer of our vicinity.

Jacob M. Snyder, a long time resident of our city passed away July 5th, 1914 at one o’clock p.m. He was born in Washington county, Ind., Dec. 13, 1839. He was married on June 12, 1866 to Mary A. Rinehart of West Virginia. Three daughters were born to this happy union, Mrs. Fidella A. Miller, Mrs. Laura E. Utz and Mrs. Anna L. Davis of this vicinity. He also leaves seven grandchildren, two brothers and four sisters.

His early married life was spent as follows: Three years in Maryland, eighteen months in Missouri moving at that time to Boone, Ia. In April 1888 he came to live in Estherville where he has spent the remainder of his days. When a young man he heard the call of his country and obedient to the command he enlisted in 1862 and served faithfully the country for three years. He entered as a private in Company D 92nd Regiment Illinois Infantry. Later he served as corporal in Co. F. Fourth Regiment of Veteran Reserve corps. Much of his faithful service was given in the southland at the famous battle of Chickamauga he was wounded which carried until his death. His record of service was clear and he was honorably discharged in 1865.

When a boy of fourteen years of age he entered the service of Jesus Christ with a clear experience of forgiveness of sin and fellowship with Him. He joined at that time with the United Brethren church at Keidysville, Inc., of which he was a member at his death. He was a faithful husband, devoted father, respected citizen and earnest Christian man. Men speak well of his life among us.

After a lingering illness in which Christian patience was manifested while tender hands ministered to his every need he passed away quietly to be with Him whom he loved best of all.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. F. Whitfield on Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at the home in this city. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, July 8, 1914)

Those present from out of town at the J. L. [M,] Snyder funeral this morning were Dr. O. C. Buxton, of Webster City, C. L. and E. H. Buxton, of Des Moines, cousins of the deceased; Jerry Rinehart, of Des Moines, a brother of Mrs. Snyder, and Edward Rumbarger, of Gowrie. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, July 8, 1914)


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