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John Hartranft Snyder
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Birth: Nov. 13, 1873
Ashland
Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 5, 1944
Lavelle
Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania, USA

Note: This profile is currently under development by the granddaughters of John Hartranft Snyder. While suggestions for corrections and familial links are certainly appreciated, please understand that family members who had close, lifelong relationships with John's children are currently engaged in researching his life, and are working hard to honor his memory. Changes are being made to John's profile and those of his wife and children only after data has been confirmed and various research phases completed.


John Hartranft Snyder, the third oldest child of Civil War veteran, Timothy Matthias Snyder, and Catharine (Boyer) Snyder, was born in Ashland, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA. Born on 13 November 1873, he was the first of Tim and Kate's children to survive infancy.

An application in the 1940s that was made by John H. Snyder's son, John Sylvester Snyder, to the Sons of the American Revolution, attests to the family's relationship to Revolutionary War veteran, Johann (John) Nicholas Schneider.

John H. Snyder's younger brother, the next oldest Snyder child, was Timothy Grant Snyder. Tim enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving on land and on several battleships, including on board Admiral Dewey's flagship, the U.S.S. Olympia (after the Battle of Manila). John's youngest surviving sibling, Lillie May Snyder, grew up to become a licensed practical nurse.

John Hartanft Snyder became a respected county and business leader, serving as one of the co-founders of the Lavelle Telephone and Telegraph Company, which was incorporated in 1908. He was responsible for installing the first telephone lines in the Lavelle Valley, as well as in rural areas south of Ashland, Pennsylvania.

During the firm's early days, its main communications center was based at the Snyder family home on Main Street in Lavelle. As a chief stockholder and secretary of the company, John H. Snyder oversaw the firm's expansion which connected the Lavelle center with Bell Telephone Company's Ashland facility. After 47 years of transmission, full control of the firm was transferred to Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania in 1956.

John H. Snyder was educated in the local schools. He met and married, Minnie Rebecka Strohecker, the daughter of Samuel and Annie (Troutman) Strohecker of Gordon. Rev. John Teel officiated at the ceremony on 3 August 1896, which was held at the Plymouth Meeting Evangelical Congregational Church in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.

John and Minnie had eight children: Timothy P. Snyder (1898-1913), who was tragically killed as a teenager in an accident when he fell from a train at a coal mine in Locustdale; Nona May (Snyder) Albert (1900-1987), who went on to own and operate Albert's clothing store in Pine Grove with her husband, Allen A. Albert; H. Corrine Snyder (1901-1988), a bookkeeper with the Jewel T Company who was known as "Eenie" by family; John Sylvester Snyder (1904-1969), the long-time Mason who was a construction manager with McKinney Construction in Northumberland County and then Portland Cement in Allentown; Catharine Rebecka (Snyder) Courtney (1906-1995), an executive assistant with the New Holland Company who was married to businessman, Charles F. Courtney (1900-1950); Lillian Estelle Snyder (1908-2001), a former head nurse at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston who later became a nursing instructor at Allentown Hospital before working for the pharmaceutical company, Merck; Chester Hartranft Snyder (1910-1983), the long-time Mason who became an insurance company executive; and Willard Emery Snyder (1917-1972), who worked in the telephone business first for his father and then, following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy Seabees after World War II, for Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania.

Together, Minnie, John, and their oldest children also operated a dry goods store from the ground floor of the Snyder family home, which was located directly across from the Lavelle School.

John H. Snyder was also active with a variety of community organizations. Elected as the first secretary of the Improved Order of Redmen of Lavelle, he held that office at the time of his death. He was also a member of the Ashland Lodge, Woodmen of the World, and Lavelle Citizens' Cemetery Association, as well as a member of Zion's Reformed Church of Ashland.

John suffered terribly from cancer at the end of his life, finally submitting to major surgery in 1944. Sadly, he did not survive, passing away 5 August 1944 at the Snyder family home. He is interred with his wife, Minnie, and their oldest son, Tim, at the Snyder family plot in Citizens' Cemetery in Lavelle, Pennsylvania.

Their graves are easily spotted from a distance. They are enclosed by a low brick wall. A large, rectangular, gray marble slab covers their 3 graves. The graves of Minnie's sister, Estella C. (Strohecker) Enterline, and her husband, Thomas E. Enterline, and two of their children, George S. Enterline, and Bright S. ("Pat") Enterline, are located just above the Snyder graves and enclosed within that same brick wall. T.E. Enterline, also a respected member of the county, founded and operated the Lavelle general merchandise store.

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Timothy Matthias Snyder (1840 - 1889)
  Catharine Boyer Snyder (1850 - 1918)
 
 Spouse:
  Minnie Rebecka Strohecker Snyder (1872 - 1952)
 
 Children:
  Timothy P. Snyder (1898 - 1913)*
  Nona M Snyder Albert (1900 - 1987)*
  H. Corrine Snyder (1901 - 1988)*
  John Sylvester Snyder (1904 - 1969)*
  Catharine Rebecka Snyder Courtney (1906 - 1995)*
  Lillian Estelle Snyder (1908 - 2001)*
  Chester Hartranft Snyder (1910 - 1983)*
  Willard Emery Snyder (1917 - 1972)*
 
 Sibling:
  John Hartranft Snyder (1873 - 1944)
  Timothy Grant Snyder (1876 - 1925)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
SON
TIMOTHY P. SNYDER
1898 - 1913

FATHER
JOHN H. SNYDER
1873 - 1944

MOTHER
MINNIE R. SNYDER
NEE STROHECKER
1872 - 1952
 
Note: John H. Snyder, son of Civil War veteran, Timothy M. Snyder and Catharine (Boyer) Snyder, is interred with his wife, Minnie Rebecca (Strohecker) Snyder, and their oldest son, Timothy P. Snyder.
 
Burial:
Citizens Cemetery
Lavelle
Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: lesnyder1
Record added: Mar 03, 2011
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