Fonds PR2045 - Herb Snyder fonds

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Herb Snyder fonds

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    • 1878-2006 (Creation)

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    1904 photographs and other material

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    Robert Asher Snyder, born 13 March 1885 in Glencoe, Minnesota, and Vera Snyder nee Selkirk, born 26 June 1888 in Leamington, Ontario, were among the first settlers in the small town site of Wainwright, Alberta. R.A. Snyder's father, Asher Snyder, was station agent in Glencoe, Minnesota. Robert always loved the railroad and at 14 he became night operator in his home town. At 16, he was the agent in Loma, North Dakota. He got a job in Weyland, Ontario in 1907 where he met Vera Selkirk who was visiting relatives. They married on 24 August 1909 in Edmonton.

    The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (G.T.P)'s station opened in the new town of Wainwright on February 26, 1909 and R. A. Snyder was appointed as the first Station Agent. R.A. Snyder resigned as station agent in May 1910 and bought the drugstore in Wainwright, hiring Stan McLuhan as pharmacist. R.A. and Vera lived above the drugstore until 1916 when they moved into a house in town. Around the same time, they purchased property at nearby Clear Lake and built a cottage. R.A. owned the drugstore for 60 years before retiring. R.A. served on the town council, school board, board of trade and municipal council and was a charter member of the Wainwright Masonic Lodge. Vera was involved in community work through the church and the Eastern Star order, helped start the Library in Wainwright, and made costumes for festivals as well as her work in the Snyder home. R.A. Snyder died 24 January 1971 in Wainwright and Vera Snyder died 21 December 1983 in Calgary, Alberta.

    Herbert Snyder, the middle child of R.A. and Vera's five children, was born 24 April 1923 in Wainwright. His siblings were Robert Selkirk Snyder (1913-1993), Roberta Jean (Snyder) Stevens (1921-2017), Vera Priscilla Snyder (1925-1991), and John Wallace Snyder (1927-). Herb married Nadine Muzyka, born 29 August 1925, a Ukrainian immigrant originally from Vegreville, Alberta. They raised their family in Wainwright, consisting of Margaret Jean, born 19 October 1953, and Gordon, born 11 March 1951. Herb became a pharmacist and worked at the family drugstore in Wainwright.

    Herb took great interest in the history of the town and upon an early retirement, began to collect information and photographs, and documented and researched the history of the town using public archives, interviewing townspeople and collecting photographs, files and magazines that related to the area. His research contributed greatly to the local Wainwright history book Buffalo Trails and Tails. Herb and Nadine Snyder retired in Wainwright. Herb Snyder died September 12, 2008 in Wainwright.

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    The fonds consists of negatives, photographs, maps, audiocassettes and textual records regarding Wainwright and area, collected by Herb Snyder and used for the Wainwright local history book Buffalo Trails and Tails. The fonds also consists of photographs, negatives, and textual records of the Snyder family who were one of the pioneer and founding families of Wainwright. This material represents a time span of three generations of the family.

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    Fonds was donated by Herb and Nadine Snyder.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Further accruals are expected.

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        Biographical information provided by donors' son, Gordon Snyder.

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        Includes accessions PR2007.0231 and PR2010.0502.

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        Also includes 290 negatives, 110 slides, 0.60 m of textual records and 2 audio cassettes

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