ALBERT H. SNYDER. Jacob Snyder, great-grandfather of Albert H Snyder, of New Kensington emigrated from Germany and settled in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, where he passed his life as a farmer. He married Margaret Helzel, and their children were: Jacob; William; John, mentioned hereafter; Tobias; George; Thomas; and Mary, married Alexander Davis.
John Snyder, son of Jacob and Margaret (Helzel) Snyder, was born April 3, 1823 in Bedford county, and in early life learned the trades of stonemason, bricklayer and plasterer, which he followed until 1868. He then engaged in mercantile business at Reimersburg, Clarion county, continuing for twenty-two years and retiring in 1890. He was a member of the Reformed church. Mr. Snyder married Sarah J., daughter of John Felix Keller, and their children were: William D., mentioned hereafter; Elliott E.; Emma F., married J. J. Anderson; Albert C.; Annie B., wife of William H. Anderson; David E.; Mary L., married Richard B. Wick; and two who died in infancy. The death of the father of the family occurred August 11, 1904.
William D. Snyder, son of John and Sarah J. (Keller) Snyder, was born January 1, 1851, in Clarion county, where he received his education in the common schools and at the Clarion Collegiate Institute. In early life he assisted in his father's business and was freight and ticket agent for the Huntington & Broad Top railroad for two years. In 1892 he moved to New Kensington, where for three years he was engaged in the grocery business. For the last few years he has been in the employ of his son, A. H. Snyder, in the real estate, insurance and mortgage loan business at No. 913 Fifth avenue, New Kensington, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the first school board of New Kensington, and for two terms held the office of borough clerk. He is a Republican in politics, and belongs to the Masonic fraternity. Since the age of nineteen he has been a member of the Reformed church. Mr. Snyder married Anna M., daughter of James A. and Mary Mortimore, and their children were: Ida Florence, died at the age of fifteen years; Albert H., mentioned hereafter; Virginia P., who is a stenographer and typewriter for the Pittsburg Reduction Works; John Lloyd, employed as a clerk by J. H. Eckley, of New Kensington; and three who died in childhood.
Albert H. Snyder, son of William D. and Anna M. (Mortimore) Snyder, was born August 9, 1876, at Reimersburg, Clarion county, where he received his education in the Clarion Collegiate Institute. During his school days he assisted his father in the latter's business, and after completing his education worked five years as a clerk for a real estate and insurance firm. Since March, 1900, he has been successfully engaged for himself in the real estate, loan and general insurance business. He belongs to Lodge No. 512, B. P. O. E., of New Kensington, and in politics is a staunch Republican. He is a member of the Reformed church of New Kensington. Mr. Snyder married S. Bertha, daughter of G. W. and Elvira Stewart, of Clarion county, and they have one child, Eugene Clyde Stewart Snyder.
Source: Page(s) 183-184, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed May 2007 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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