According to the Sneddon family, Stratton died from a congenital heart problem when he was 17 years old. The Pottsville Republican newspaper reported that he died March 11, 1933, "after a lingering illness of complications" and that he had been unable to attend school "since last October when he was first taken ill."
Stratton's mother, Violet (Carey) Sneddon, died in 1918 of influenza, although she too may have had a heart problem. Stratton was survived by his full-brother Clarence Eugene Sneddon, his half-brother Henry George Sneddon, his step-mother, Blanche Valeria (Jungkurth) Sneddon, and his father Clarence Henry Sneddon.
Stratton was a member of Trinity Reformed Church and was a freshman at Pottsville High School.
His half-brother Henry would recount how during one of Stratton's periods of illness, the boys had rigged up a device that fit in a seat on a bench and would deliver a mild electric shock. They placed the device under a thin cushion in one spot on this bench, which was often used by visitors at Stratton's sick bed. They wired a "remote" with a switch that enabled Stratton to hold the switch under the bedcovers and zap any person who happened to sit in that particular spot on the bench. One Sunday afternoon, the preacher came to visit Stratton, and he sat right on the spot. Henry was in the room, and many meaningful looks were exchanged between the brothers while the preacher sat on the "hot" seat. Henry was sweating it out because he knew that if Stratton zapped the preacher, they both would be in a lot of trouble with the parents. Stratton refrained from giving the preacher a jolt, and Henry was greatly relieved when he left.
Clarence Henry Sneddon (1892 - 1986)
Violet Rosella Carey Sneddon (1891 - 1918)
Clarence Eugene Sneddon (1913 - 1992)*
James Stratton Sneddon (1915 - 1933)
Charles Baber Cemetery
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