Here it is, October 31st and I have only written one blog for this month. It is not because I haven’t been busy but because I have not taken the time to write the blog. For the past week and some of the previous week I was pondering, acting in a trial and error mode, and in essence determining the best approach to present where I was considering my activities in family history research, recording and archiving. With some adieu I was able to put together a “show and tell” session that depicted the result of my research and recording of my family history. The “show & tell” portion of last evening’s presentation contained several elements that seemed to capture the attention of the viewers. I then followed with a power point presentation consisting of 4 slides and supplemented with handouts and more show and tell items. The presentation was essentially a thumbnail sketch of my life in family history research, starting with not having a choice by being immersed in a family who was rich in their telling stories to my slowly increasing activity into research and writing, to the current station of extra time available due to my recent retirement and how that will be playing a big part in my genealogical activities. The organization of show and tell materials is now in place and will serve somehow in my future activities.
I have put in several hours rebuilding the Snyder Root Cellar web site and in doing so, when developing the Snyder Root page, I found my self putting considerable time into the Winfield Scott Snyder segment. What struck me is that I started website rebuilding activity with two primary themes for him, 1) East to West; and 2) From Civil War to Civil Servant. This quickly began to modify as I discovered his propensity to be enterprising in seeking his pathway to the northwest United States going to the end of the growing railroad lines to ply his carpenter’s trade. I also discovered that despite his stoic stature as depicted in photos of him, he seemed very much to be a caring family man and being the oldest male in his late father’s family, was most likely instrumental in moving his mother and two brothers to the Northwest also. Eventually, one brother would end up a resident of the Sitka area in Alaska, and the other brother would move to San Francisco in the mid 1920s and rent his residence for $22.50 per month. Perhaps the market crash in 1929 and its subsequent depression influenced some of these moves. In any case W. Scott Snyder remained on course and continued to his passing. It seems he shouldered the family leadership with considerable ease and acting on what seems to be an enterprising spirit was able to live a relatively comfortable life.