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Timothy P Snyder
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Birth: May 1, 1898
Lavelle
Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 22, 1913
Lavelle
Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania, USA

Timothy P. Snyder, the oldest son of John Hartranft Snyder and Minnie Rebecka (Strohecker) Snyder, was born 1 May 1898 in Lavelle, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

His mother, Minnie, was the daughter of Samuel and Annie (Troutman) Strohecker, of Gordon, Pennsylvania. His father, John, was the son of Civil War Veteran, Timothy Matthias Snyder, and Catharine (Boyer) Snyder. An application in the 1940s that was made by Tim's younger brother, John Sylvester Snyder, to the Sons of the American Revolution, attests to the family's relationship to Revolutionary War veteran, Johann (John) Nicholas Schneider.

Tim's father, John H. Snyder, was a respected county and business leader, and was one of the co-founders of the Lavelle Telephone and Telegraph Company, which was incorporated in 1908. John H. Snyder 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.

In addition to John's involvement with the Lavelle Telephone and Telegraph Company, Minnie, John, and their oldest children also operated a dry goods store from the ground floor of the Snyder family home in Lavelle, which was located directly across from the Lavelle School.

Tim had seven siblings: 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.

Timothy P. Snyder attended the Lavelle School with his sister, Nona, and several of their cousins. A photograph was taken of their class sometime around 1910, and is now preserved in Library of Congress records.

In 1911, Tim and his family experienced the first of several tragedies when the Snyder family home in Lavelle was destroyed by fire. The family subsequently rebuilt their home at the same site on Main Street, but underwent several years of hardship living in Ashland while John H. Snyder rebuilt the house.

Even more tragically, Tim had his life cut short in 1913 when, just nine days shy of his 15th birthday, he died at 2:30 p.m. on 22 April from injuries sustained in an accident at a colliery in Locustdale (Potts) when he fell from a coal train. According to Tim's death certificate, Tim had been a laborer there at the time. Family historians believe he was working at the colliery to help the family meet ends during the rebuilding of their home and lives following the fire.

Tim is interred with his parents, John Hartranft Snyder and Minnie Rebecka (Strohecker) Snyder, 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 three resting places. 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.
 
 
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 Parents:
  John Hartranft Snyder (1873 - 1944)
  Minnie Rebecka Strohecker Snyder (1872 - 1952)
 
 Siblings:
  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)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
SON
TIMOTHY P. SNYDER
1898 - 1913

FATHER
JOHN H. SNYDER
1873 - 1944

MOTHER
MINNIE R. SNYDER
NEE STROHECKER
1872 - 1952
 
Note: Timothy P. Snyder, eldest son of John Hartranft Snyder and Minnie Rebecka (Strohecker) Snyder, is interred with his parents. He died from injuries sustained when he fell from a train at a coal mine near Locustdale, Pennsylvania.
 
Burial:
Citizens Cemetery
Lavelle
Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: lesnyder1
Record added: Mar 03, 2011
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