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SNITTJER, John Sr. 1842-1926


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/28/2015 at 12:41:19

John Snittjer, Sr., Dead

John Snittjer, Sr., died at his home in Wellsburg Tuesday morning. General debility due to old age was the cause of his death. He had been failing gradually during the past month and continued to grow weaker until the end came. Mr. Snittjer was past 80 years age. He was a pioneer of this section and of Grundy county. Funeral services will be held here today. A complete obituary of Mr. Snittjer will appear in the next issue of The Register.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 January 1926, pg 2



John Simon Snittjer was born Apr. 25, 1842, in Neermoor, Eastfriesland, Germany. In 1865 he was joined in marriage to Margarate VanLaar. To this union six children were born, three sons and three daughters, two of whom preceded him in death. In 1867 they came to this country and first settled near Forreston, Ill., where they remained about three years, when they moved to Colfax township, Grundy county, Iowa, and soon settled on the farm where they resided until 1908 when they retired and moved to Wellsburg.

Here his wife died in 1910. Altho the infirmities of old age were bearing down upon him, he managed to take care of himself until he was stricken with bronchial pneumonia, to which he succumbed on Tuesday, January 26, 1926, at the ripe old age of 83 years, 9 months and 1 day.

He leaves to mourn his departure two sons, Herman and Henry, two daughters, Mrs. Carl Schmidt and Mrs. Dina Peters; a brother, Simon, of Ackley; 18 grandchildren, besides the sons- and daughters-in-law.

The pall bearers were D. J. Riekena, R. W. Ross, G. H. Neessen, Heye Geerdes, George Lindaman and Eilt Stopplemore.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 4 February 1926, pg 1


John Snittjer, Sr.

John Snittjer, Sr., died at his home in Wellsburg early Tuesday afternoon. Bronchial pneumonia was the cause. He was taken to his bed last Friday and his condition was regarded as serious from the beginning. The severe attack and his advanced age were two factors that medical skill could not cope against.

Mr. Snittjer was born in Eastfriesland, Germany, April 25th, 1842. He would have been eighty-three years old had he lived until the coming April. He was married in the old country. Shortly after he and his young wife came to this country. They came to Forreston, Ill., in 1867. They remained there for three years, when they came to Grundy county, Iowa. They began housekeeping on a farm in Colfax township, where the family resided for thirty-seven years. In 1907 the family moved to Wellsburg. Here the wife and mother died three years later. Since the death of his wife Mr. Snittjer lived by himself most of the time.

During the fifty-six years that John Snittjer lived in this county, he became well known. In northwest Grundy he was known to every family. He is said to have been a shrewd dealer in his younger days and he was a horse trader who knew his stuff. Twenty-six years ago he was struck by a Rock Island train at a crossing a short distance west of Holland and it was regarded as a miracle at the time that he was not killed.

Mr. Snittjer was the father of six children. Four of them survive him. The deceased children are Mrs. Frank Bailey and Sam Snittjer. The surviving children are Herman, Mrs. Chas. Smith, Mrs. Henry Peters and Henry. Funeral services will be held at the home at twelve o'clock on Friday. Later the services will be at the Reformed church. Rev. J. E. Drake and Rev. Landsiedel will have charge of the services. Interment will be made in the cemetery at Drake's church.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 4 February 1926, pg 9


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