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 Rhoda O. <I>Orchard</I> Snyder

Rhoda O. Orchard Snyder

Birth
Somerset, England
Death 13 Feb 1926 (aged 83)
Park City, Summit County, Utah, USA
Burial Park City, Summit County, Utah, USA
Plot Snyder division of Old cemetery
Memorial ID 9735176 · View Source
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Rhoda Shadwell Orchard was born in 1842 near the city of Bath in England. She was a small child when both of her parents died of a fever and she and her brother were raised by her grandparents. In 1852, the family joined the "Mormon" church. In 1864, Rhoda sailed alone for the United States on the ship "Hudson". Upon her arrival in the U.S., she continued her journey to the Utah territory by train. Upon her arrival in Utah, she was hired as a nanny by George G. Snyder ...to assist his wives with their children. A year later, she became his 6th and last wife. She was the first woman to settle in Park City with her husband and small family. She was the only woman for a long while and established a boarding house for the miners in Park City, cooking daily for many men and raising her young family. Rhoda and George had seven children, including the first baby born in Park City. Their daughter, Pearl, died when she was 18 months old in the middle of winter, and had to be buried on the south side of a hill as it was the only place where a grave could be dug in the deep snow. Eventually, this land was donated to the city for the cemetery that is now "City cemetery" of Park City. By the age of 42, Rhoda was a young widow with six children. She never married again, raising her children alone. She is a well known part of Park City's history and a historical monument in dedicated to her and her husband, describing their part in the founding and naming of Park City, Utah. She is buried adjacent to four of her daughters in the Snyder section of the Park City cemetery.


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  • Created by: Catherine
  • Added: 31 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9735176
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rhoda O. Orchard Snyder (5 Jun 1842–13 Feb 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9735176, citing Park City Cemetery, Park City, Summit County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Catherine (contributor 46599370) .