John Snyder was approx. 25 years old, a bachelor and hailed from Ohio. William Graves wrote, "The first we saw of Snider (sic) was in the winter before we started. He and a brother moved from Ohio into our neighbor-hood and on hearing that we were going to California he wanted to come along so father told him he wuld bord him for his work so they made a bargain to that effect."
On October 5, 1846, as the company was traveling along the Humboldt River, they came upon a very steep hill. Most of the men stopped to double-hitch the oxen to make it up the steep incline. Snyder, for whatever reason, insisted his team could conquer the hill unaided and he started up the climb.
Suddenly there was trouble with the teams, confusion, chaos, and tempers flared. Milt Elliott and John Snyder became involved in a heated dispute, James Reed intervened, the fight escalated and weapons were drawn. Snyder raised the butt end of his ox whip and struck Reed on the head. Reed pulled a hunting knife and stabbed Snyder in the chest. The fight was over as quickly as it had begun. Snyder collapsed to the ground, mortally wounded. His friends carried him to the top of the hill, laid him on the ground, but there was nothing could be done for him. He died within minutes.
The company was divided as to the punishment for Reed, some insisting on hanging and others crying self-defense. They compromised and opted for banishment. Reed was forced to leave the company and left his wife and children alone on the trail.
John Snyder was described as a popular, handsome young man and his body was laid to rest somewhere along the trail.
Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial Specifically: John Snyder was killed on the trail, near the Humboldt River. His body laid to rest somewhere near the River, supposedly
Created by: Cindy Baldogo Record added: Sep 17, 2010
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