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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

1921 :: Death of Capt. D.H. Snyder, Early Day Cowman

On this date in our extended family history . . . the 15th day of September . . . in the year 1921 . . . the Dallas Morning News published a lengthy obituary for Capt. D.H. Snyder . . . this Capt. Snyder is kin by marriage to Eunice Margaret Amelia Vontress Coffee nee Allen . . . who is a 1st cousin four times removed (on Mom's side) to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . and one of his daughters, Mamie, was married to Edward Jefferson Olive, who is my 4th cousin three times removed (on Dad's side) . . . 

Dallas Morning News 

September 15, 1921 

Capt. D.H. Snyder Early Day Cowman. Children Gather from Various Towns to Attend Father's Funeral. Special to The News. 

Fort Worth, Texas. Sept. 13. 

Sons and daughters of Capt. Dudley H. Snyder, Nestor of Texas cowmen who died yesterday at his home in Georgetown, gathered here today from their West Texas homes to make the pilgrimage to their father's funeral. The party includes Mrs. C.C. Kirkpatrick of San Angelo and Mrs. C.M. Armstrong of Lubbock, Fred Snyder of Lubbock, D.H. Snyder Jr. and Marcus Snyder of Colorado City. All the sons are prominent cattle men. D.H. Snyder Jr. is a member of the executive committee of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers' Association.

Captain Snyder was born in Mississippi Sept. 5, 1833. Early in 1854 Captain Snyder came to Texas by way of Ozark, Ark., and Mansfield, La., and made his first stop at Round Rock in Williamson County, where he visited with his grandfather, Dr. Thomas Hale. Following his farming experience he engaged in cedar hauling from Bastrop County to Williamson and Travis Counties.

Early Trading Days. -- In 1855 and 1856 he made several trips to Missouri, where he purchased wagons and loaded them with apples and other delicacies, which he brought to Texas and sold. After making a few trips to Missouri Captain Snyder walked to San Antonio, where he invested his earnings in a small herd of Spanish ponies. These he drove to Missouri, where he traded them for draft horses which he brought back to Texas. His reputation as a safe man gained him a proposition from Terrell Jackson for the delivery of beef cattle to the Confederate Army and during 1865 and 1866 he drove thousands of cattle across the Southern States for provisioning Confederate soldiers.

Cattle Stolen by Indians. -- One of the interesting experiences of Captain Snyder in cattle driving was in 1869 with a herd of 140 head en route to Abilene, Kan., which was captured by the Indians. The loss eventually was paid by the Government. During the panic of 1873 a herd of his cattle were wintered in Cheyenne, Wyo., where he obtained money at 36 per cent per annum. Captain Snyder was a Methodist and one of the staunch supporters [of] Georgetown. On Sept. 20, 1905, Captain Snyder lost his sight and since that time has resided quietly at his home. 

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