Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grandma's Photo Album Page 62 - Snyder Sisters in Wilkes County, NC and a house in Winston-Salem


(Top right) My mother, Carrie (1926-2001) in her Japanese kimono with fan.  I believe she got this in Washington, D.C. when she worked at Children's Hospital as a nurse.

(Bottom left) Mozelle and Bette (both living).

(Bottom center) Mozelle.

(Bottom right)  My grandparents' home in Winston-Salem, NC. On October 2, 1916, my grandfather Wiley Thomas "Tom" Snyder (1892-1988) bought a house at 721 Devonshire Street in the Broadbay section of the city, with a mortgage, for $1,415.[1]  He was single.  He worked two jobs to afford this house. Weekdays, he worked at R.J. Reynolds' Tobacco Company.  Saturdays, he worked as a payment collector for a furniture company.

While serving in the U.S. Army in World War I, Tom wrote his fiancĂ©e Nora Bessie McNeil (1900-1992) (my grandmother) that he had “a grand house, with a fine location, city water, and electric lights.” [2]  

They were married April 16, 1919, and lived in this house for several years.

This house is still standing!  They renumbered the street so now it's 833 E. Devonshire St.  You can see it here:  http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/833-E-Devonshire-St-Winston-Salem-NC-27107/5752357_zpid/
 


[1] Forsyth, North Carolina, deeds, 1849-1927, 148: 143, H. A. Pfohl et al to W. T. Snider, 2 Oct 1916; microfilm C.038.40067.
[2] Wiley Thomas Snyder. Letter to Nora McNeil. 30 May 1918. From Camp Sevier, SC.  Privately held by Barbara McGeachy, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2011.