Thursday, March 12, 2015

Grandma's Photo Album Page 78 - Snyders in Wilkes County, N.C.

(Upper left)  I know 4 of these 5 women.  From left to right: unknown lady; Bette (living); Mozelle (living); Martha (living); Carrie Snyder (1926-2001). 

I recognize the location as my grandparent's house in Millers Creek, Wilkes County, N.C.  I recognize the tree, the porch, the metal porch glider, and the wood building at the back left which was the garage.  I believe this photo was taken about 1952.

(Lower left)  My uncle and his wife.  He was James Neil Snyder (1922-1993), called Jimmy by most people, and Neil by his parents.  His wife Kay is living. 

This photo shows the view from my grandparents' home in Miller's creek.  Jimmy and Kay lived in Massachusetts, so it looks like they drove down for a visit.

(Right)  My grandfather as a teenager.  Wiley Thomas Snyder (1892-1988) was born and lived in Wilkes County until about 1911 when he moved to the big city to make his fortune.

In the 1910 census, he was an 18-year-old living with his parents and some siblings.  I have a 1912 pay stub showing he was working in Winston-Salem.  He had 2 jobs.  Weekdays he worked for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.  Saturdays he worked a a collector for a furniture store.  People bought furniture on credit and paid some each week.  The pay stub for one Saturday shows that he earned 10 cents an hour and worked 10 hours, so he earned a whole dollar for the day.  He always observed Sunday as the Sabbath.

I love this photo which shows his everyday clothes, his hunting rifle, and his dog. I assume this photo was taken on his parents' farm. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Grandma's Photo Album Page 77 - Snyders and an unknown baby

(Left) I don't know who this baby is.  I don't recognize the setting.  The photo looks like it might be a 1920s vintage.

(Center)  On the left is Myrtle Stewart Snyder (1897-1972), wife of William Eugene Snyder, my grandfather's brother.  On the right is my grandmother, Nora Bessie McNeil Snyder (1900-1992).

They are standing on the front porch of a house on Devonshire Street in Winston-Salem, N.C.  It's hard to tell which house because the two brothers (Will and my grandfather) bought identical houses next door to each other! 

The photo must have been taken between my grandparents' marriage on April 16, 1919, and the day they sold the house, April 30, 1924.

(Right) My aunt Mozelle (living).


(1) Forsyth County, North Carolina, deeds, 1849-1927, 148: 143, H. A. Pfohl et al to W. T. Snider, 2 Oct 1916; microfilm C.038.40067.  Tom, a single man, bought a house on Devonshire St.
(2) Forsyth County, North Carolina, deeds, 1849-1927, 150: 137, H.A. Pfohl et al to W.E. Snider, 30 Nov 1916; microfilm C.038.40067.  Will and Myrtle bought their house on Devonshire.
(3)Forsyth County, North Carolina, deeds, 1849-1927, 230: 225, W. T. Snider and wife to J. P. Simmons, 30 Apr 1924; microfilm C038.40099.  Same reel: 226, J.P. Simmons and wife to W.T. Snyder and wife, 30 Apr 1924.  Tom and Nora sold the Devonshire Street house, and bought a farm just outside Winston-Salem on the same day.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Grandma's Photo Album Page 76 - Russell Jess Snyder in Wilkes County, N.C.

Russell Jess Snyder (1896-1984) was my grandfather's brother.  He was called Jess.

I think this photo was taken in a photography studio in Wilkes County, N.C., about 1917-1920.  Jess is sitting in the same chair and backdrop as pages 74 and 75, but I'm not sure they were taken the same day.  In this photo, Jess is wearing a nice suit (possibly the same as in the other photos) but without the vest.  But his hair looks slightly different, and he appears to me to be a bit older than in those photos.

(I don't know what the other picture was on this page.  I have loose photos that fell out of the album.  I'll post the loose photos after the photos still in the album.)