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BLAST FROM THE PAST - E.P. Snyder laid to rest

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Jan. 12, 1930

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 78 years ago:

Funeral rites conducted for Edmund Snyder

Impressive to a marked degree and largely attended were the funeral services conducted this morning for the late E.P. Snyder from his home on W. Main St.

The Rev. W.H. Shields officiated. Pall bearers were: George Snyder of Oregon, Ill., Charles Snyder of Chicago, N.E.. Shaw of Columbus, Everett Ingalls of Cleveland and Edwin and Howard Lawrence of Norwalk.

Interment was made in Peru Center Cemetery. Mr. Shields read the following obituary:

Edmund P. Snyder was born in Montgomery County, New York on Oct. 19, 1840. His parents were Henry and Hannah Stanley Snyder.

He was one of a family of five children, Vernon, who died in infancy; Edmund P. and Edwin, twins; Louise, who resides at 12 West League Street, Norwalk; and Henry, who died at the age of 19.

In 1841 the family moved to Ohio. Edmund P. at that time being one year of age. Here a home was carved out of the wilderness. A tract of fifty acres of land was purchased in Norwich Township, Huron County, and a two-room log cabin was erected for the first home. Here Edmund P. and his twin brother Edwin were reared in an environment marked by the severe discipline of pioneering a new land. They started to school at the age of three, in red flannel dresses.

As a young man, Edmund P. Snyder, with his brother Edwin, enlisted in the 123rd regiment of Ohio Volunteers for a period of three years, or the duration of the war. As a soldier he suffered great hardships. He was early a victim of typhoid fever. Recovering from this and rejoining his regiment, he was wounded severely in the groin in the battle of New Market, Virginia. He was cared for kindly in the home of a southern minister by the name of Cline. When able to move, he was turned over to the southern army as a prisoner and was sent to Andersonville prison. He was exposed to the most severe hardships and all of his comrades, except one, gave him up as lost. But he was soon thereafter released and in a short time after his return home on furlough the war ended.

In 1868 Edmund P. Snyder was united in marriage to Annette Tillson, whose people resided in Peru Township. A few years later they purchased the old Tillson Place at Peru Center, and here they resided and reared their family. In 1908 they moved to 108 W. Main St., Norwalk.

He is survived by Mrs. Snyder and the following children: Harry, Lelia, Irene, George, Charles. Two other children, Myra and Walter, died at an early age. Clara passed away in 1927.

George W. Brown dies; fought in Civil War

George William Brown, aged 87, a Civil War veteran, died suddenly at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at his home in Harland Twp.

He was born in Cleveland on Aug. 10, 1843. During the war he served with Co. A. 124th Ohio. Mr. Brown is survived by his widow, a son, H.E. Brown, and a daughter, Mrs. Bessie Templer. Mrs. Lucy Illingworth of Cleveland is a sister and Mrs. Ed Brown of Cleveland is a niece.

A.E. Hanville is appointed deputy sheriff

Sheriff Harry D. Smith has filled his complement of deputies by appointing A.E. Hanville of North Fairfield as one of his assistants.

The force of deputies now follows: David Berry, F.B. Clark, Marlon Watts and Hanville. Watts is the county road officer.

Hanville is a well known citizen of the county and is well fitted for county police work. He has not been assigned to duty but probably will be given general assignment work.

Destroyed blimp once skimmed over this city

The destruction of the little Akron dirigible, Puritan, in a crash against a tree near Campton, Ky. on Saturday recalls the fact that on a Sunday morning during the summer a few years ago, the Puritan, with its motors roaring loudly, skimmed over Norwalk just above the tree tops.

The voyage over Norwalk was not heralded and the tiny blimp occasioned much surprise. The pilot and navigator escaped injury.

— Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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