Snyder Story Line(s)

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.


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