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Watson Charles Snell
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Birth: Jun. 3, 1858
Ionia County
Michigan, USA
Death: Sep. 17, 1915
Ionia County
Michigan, USA

Death certificate listed under Suell.

Watson C. Snell Dead.

Lifelong Resident of Ionia County and City Succumbs to Fatal Appendicitis.

Watson C. Snell died on Friday afternoon at six o'clock, after an illness of less than a week, of appendicitis. On Sunday afternoon last, he was up and about as usual, visiting in the reading room at the Elks' Temple, which was a custom with him, and though in his usual jolly mood and with his customary rollicking laughter, he did several times complain of pain. After supper of that day he was stricken severely ill, and took to the bed from which he did not again arise. His first symptoms were those of renal colic, but a fuller examination determined the ailment to be appendicitis, and Dr. F.M. Marsh, who
had the case, called Dr. Richard R. Smith of Grand Rapids, to his aid for a surgical operation, which was performed on Tuesday. The appendix was found to be very much enlarged, and the doctors determined then that there was but slight hope, if any, for the recovery of the patient. He never regained complete consciousness after the anaesthetic was administered.

Watson C. Snell was born on a farm in the township of Easton, Ionia county, on June 3, 1858. His meager schooling was that received in the district school of that township. As a young man his years were spent in farming on the oldhomestead.

In 1885 Mr. Snell was seized with the Dakota fever, with the hundreds of other Michigan men, and moved to the land of wheat fields, where he engaged in farming some three years, but like many others, he concluded that Michigan was a better state and he returned to the home of his boyhood, later going to Albion, where he engaged in the grocery business one year, returning again to Ionia.

Mr. Snell's business career in Ionia has been varied. Dealing in real estate seemed to be more to his liking, but he had engaged in the harness store business, grocery, and laundry.

While not a politician, in the self-seeking sense, he had served this city in the capacity of alderman several terms, and was three years a member of the board of public works, in which capacity he displayed much interest.

Mr. Shell was married on Nov. 15, 1887, to Mrs. Kitrenah Bliss, who survives him, and the children born to them are, Clifford B. Snell and Mrs. Earl Wright, both residents of Ionia, with their families, and Claude Snell of South Ionia, a son by a former marriage, also survives.

Mr. Snell had been affiliated with a number of the local fraternities, but thelater years confined his activities principally with the Masons and the Elks.

Funeral service at the home on West Main street, at 2:30 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, under the auspices of the Knights Templar, who will also conduct theritual service at the grave. Rev. E.E. Branch will deliver the discourse at the home. Interment in the family lot in Highland Park.

Friends wishing to view the remains will be privileged to do so between the hours of 12:00 and 2:30 on Sunday.
Family links: 
  Jacob Snell (1831 - 1902)
  Almira Kellogg Snell (1832 - 1890)
  Kitrenah Bliss Snell (1859 - 1944)
  Clifford Bliss Snell (1891 - 1953)*
  Victoria E. Snell Moore (1854 - 1886)*
  Orson T Snell (1856 - 1910)*
  Watson Charles Snell (1858 - 1915)
*Calculated relationship
Highland Park Cemetery
Ionia County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Bonnie Hoy
Record added: Dec 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81463259
Watson Charles Snell
Added by: Bonnie Hoy
Watson Charles Snell
Added by: C.Phillipps
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Rest in peace, Watson.
- Dave Snell
 Added: Aug. 24, 2014
I have September 10, 1915 down in my family's records for him. It does correspond with the obituary that says he died on a Friday afternoon.Rest in Peace, Watson.
- C.Phillipps
 Added: May. 15, 2012

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