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Irving Washington Snyder (1858-?)
Native of Dryden, Thompkins Co., N.Y., publisher with Bay City Triubune newspaper.

1900 bio. (Added Jun., 2009)

Livingstone's History of the Republican Party. Vol. II 1900 (Page 361)


Irving Washington Snyder, one of the publishers of the Bay City Tribune, was born October 24th, 1858, in the town of Dryden, Tompkins County, New York. His parents were Ira W. Snyder and Sally Ann Snyder, maiden name Manning. His paternal ancestors emigrated from Western Germany in 1747, and settled in the Township of Oxford, then Sussex, but now Warren County, New Jersey, on what is known as Scotch Mountain. In the summer of 1802 they started west, and located in what is now the down of Dryden, Tompkins County, New York, taking eighteen days for the journey. It was then a dense wilderness, and they built log houses, commenced clearing, and subsequently turned this wilderness into some of the finest farms in New York State. Several of his ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and subsequent wars up to and including the Civil War.

The son was educated in district schools, in the town of Dryden and in the High School of Ithaca, New York, and in the preparatory schools of Cornell University. His first occupation was farming until he went to the Ithaca schools. After finishing school he taught district school in both New York and Illinois, then took a course in a business college at Ithaca, New York, afterwards teaching in the same college. He then kept books in a general store in Ithaca for about a year, then purchased interest in a grocery store in the same town, continued in business about one year and the sold out to his partner. He came to Michigan in October, 1881, and engaged with T. H. McGraw & Co., they operating the largest sawmill in Michigan and having a very extensive timber and other interests. He started as bookkeeper, and was promoted until he became their confidential man, eventually became general manager of the business, and was with above firm from 1881 to 1895. In May 1896, he was asked to look after the affairs of the Bay City Tribune for a short time, and finally acted as general manager for the Tribune Printing Company until October 1st, 1896, when he entered into a co-partnership with J. C. McCabe, under the firm name of Snyder & McCabe, and purchased the Tribune, and he and his partner have raised its standard quite perceptibly.

Mr. Snyder was always a Republican, but has never sought office nor taken a very active personal part in politics till 1900, when he was delegate to the Republican State Convention, held at Grand Rapids in June. He cast his first vote for Garfield. In society affiliations he is a Mason, member of the Blanchard Chapter No. 59, Joppa Blue Lodge No. 315. He was married April 30th, 1884, to Mrs. Priscilla Claxton, with two stepdaughters, afterwards adopted, and taking his name, Maude C. Snyder and Nina C. Snyder. The daughter Nina died December 24th, 1898, and the daughter Maude is married to H. W. Garland, of Bay City. Mr. Snyder is an ardent sportsman, extremely fond of shooting, fishing, and all outdoor sports.

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Irving W. Snyder

Related Pages:
Lewis, Griffin
McCabe, James C.
People Referenced
Claxton, Priscilla Mrs.(wife)
Claxton, Maude C. (step-dau.)
Claxton, Nina C. (step-dau.)
Garland, H.W.
Manning, Sally A (mother)
McCabe, J.C.
Snyder, Ira (father)
Snyder, Irving W. (subject)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Cornell University
Bay City Tribune
Dryden, NY
Grand Rapids, MI
Ithaca, NY
Snyder & McCabe Co.
T.H. McGraw & Co.
Thompkins Co., NY
Tribune Printing Co.
Warren Co., NJ
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