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Hardesty Snyder (1896)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler
Date: 5/17/2008 at 10:48:47

Semi Weekly Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Tuesday, May 19, 1896
Page 5

Death of Hardesty Snyder

From the Beacon Light, published at O’Neill, Holt county, Nebraska, we learn of the death on the 13th inst., of Mr. Hardesty Snyder, for twenty years or more a resident of Winterset. Mr. Snyder came to Winterset in 1854, from Richland county, Ohio. He was one of the most active and prominent carpenters and builders in the early days of the city, many of the houses he built being among the substantial residences yet remaining from the early days. He married Martha J. Cart soon after coming to Winterset. They have had six children, four of whom, with the mother, survive him. For some time the parents lived in the northwest part of this state, but about a year ago went to O’Neill, where their son Oscar resided. At the latter’s home Mr. Snyder’s death occurred. Mr. Snyder was a brother of Samuel and Andrew Snyder, of this city, and of Mrs. Wm. Young, of the western part of this county, and we believe has, or had, other relatives in this vicinity.

Mr. Snyder was, while living here, a consistent member of the First Christian church, and retained a membership here till his death. Upon request, just before his death, he prepared a history of the church to be deposited in the corner stone, and on the day the ceremonies were to be observed, last Thursday, other hands were consigning to the earth the mortal remains of the author.

At the time of his death Mr. Snyder was sixty-four years of age.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Friday, May 22, 1896
Page 8, Column 3

Death of Hardestly (sic) Snyder

The following account of the death of Hardestly Snyder, a brother of Samuel Snyder of the city, we clipped from the Beacon Light published by Ham Kautzman at O’Neill, Nebraska:

The Beacon Light is called upon this week to solemnly announce the death of Hardestly Snyder, old time Iowa acquaintance of eighteen years ago, at the residence of his son Oscar, in the city of O,Neill, at 7:40 o’clock Wednesday morning, May 13, 1896.

Funeral ceremonies were conducted at the residence by Rev. George yesterday morning, when the remains were taken to Allen, Dickson county for interment.

Deceased was born in Richland county, Ohio, in 1832, and was 64 years of age. He settled in Winterset, Madison county, Iowa, in 1854. The same year he was married to Martha Jane Cart. To them were born six children, two sons and four daughters. Two daughters preceded the father to their heavenly home. The family resided in Winterset about thirty years, but recently the deceased and wife have resided at Sioux City, Ia.

The faithful companion of forty-two years and all of the living children were present when his spirit took its flight, as this had been his wish while living. His health had been poor for a year or more, and he and wife came to O’Neill three weeks ago to visit with their son, this climate heretofore seeming to benefit him. But a sudden termination showed itself last Saturday, which resulted as above.

He realized his condition, and was ready to meet his God, having been a devout Christian man of an extremely modest and retiring nature, always ready to lend a helping hand, and especially was he devoted to his family.

For forty years he had been a faithful member of the First Christian Church of Winterset, Iowa. Only a week ago he had been requested to write the history of that church, the record to be placed under the corner stone of the new edifice now under construction there. It was written and sent, and strange as it may appear, on the same day, Thursday, that the ceremonies of the laying of that corner stone were performed, other hands were performing the ceremonies of depositing his lifeless tenement of clay in the earth from whence it came.

Deceased was a long time member of the I. O. O. F., which order had charge of his funeral rites at Allen, that being the burial place of his own selection.


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