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John Sylvester Snyder

  • Birth 2 May 1904 Lavelle, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 12 Nov 1969 Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 66437149

John Sylvester Snyder, the second oldest son of John Hartranft Snyder and Minnie Rebecka (Strohecker) Snyder, was born at the Snyder family home on Main Street in Lavelle, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

He was a long-time Mason who worked professionally as a construction manager with McKinney Construction in Northumberland County and then Portland Cement in Allentown.

He married Catherine Rissmiller of Gordon in Schuylkill County. Together, they had two children, John Albert "Jack" Snyder, and David Cameron Snyder. Tragically, David's life was cut short when he was killed in an automobile accident.

Their son, Jack, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1977. His tours of duty took him to Germany, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Texas, where he spent the remainder of his life. He now rests at the national military cemetery at Fort Sam Houston. Jack's son, J.D., who died while on active duty with the U.S. Air Force in Manila, was a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and is interred at the Academy's cemetery in Colorado. David, another son of Jack's, died in infancy and was interred in Allentown next to John and Catherine.

An application made in the 1940s to the Sons of the American Revolution by John Sylvester Snyder attests to the family's relationship to Revolutionary War veteran, Johann (John) Nicholas Schneider. His grandparents were Civil War veteran, Timothy Matthias Snyder, and Catharine (Boyer) Snyder. His uncle was Spanish American War veteran, Timothy Grant Snyder. Uncle 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 Sylvester Snyder'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 the involvement of JHS with the Lavelle Telephone and Telegraph Company, Minnie, JHS, and their oldest children (including John Sylvester Snyder) 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.

John S. Snyder had seven siblings: 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 (Snyder) Albert (1900-1987), who co-owned and operated Albert's Clothing 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; 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.


Gravesite Details Born in Lavelle, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Son of John Hartranft Snyder and Minnie (Strohecker) Snyder. Married Catharine Rissmiller. John and Catharine Snyder in same lot with son, David C. Snyder; grandson David (son of John A. Snyder).

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  • Created by: lesnyder1
  • Added: 3 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66437149
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Sylvester Snyder (2 May 1904–12 Nov 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66437149, citing Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by lesnyder1 (contributor 47451559) .