Charles C. Snyder is numbered among the enterprising young business men of Grand View township, being a member
of the firm of Snyder Brothers, proprietors of a general merchandise store at Letts, Iowa. He was born in Muscatine
county, this state, on the 9th of November, 1885, a son of John and Phoebe (Griffin) Snyder. The parents, natives
of Pennsylvania and Ohio respectively, were married in Iowa and were numbered among the pioneer settlers of this
district. For many years they resided upon a farm in Louisa county but are now living retired in Letts, where they
own a comfortable home. In their family were but two sons, Charles C and Bert F., business partners in this town.
The elder son attended the public and high schools in the acquirement of an education, and remained with his parents,
assisting in the work about the home farm, until eighteen years of age. Thinking to find other labor more congenial
and remunerative, he came to Letts and for four years was employed as a bookkeeper in a general merchandise store.
At the expiration of that period he joined his brother in the establishment of an independent business venture,
becoming a joint partner with him in a general merchandise store. The broad experience which each had received
in this line of business, the elder in a clerical capacity and the younger as a clerk in the sales department,
well qualified them for the successful conduct of an enterprise of their own, and since its inception their house
has enjoyed a steady increase in trade, being now one of the leading concerns of Letts. They handle a well selected
line of stock, calculated to meet the demands of their patrons, and the progressive policy which the young men
have instituted makes them foremost among the business men of this locality.
Charles C. Snyder was married on the 27th of December, 1907, to Miss Martha C. Cox, who was born in Vernon county,
Missouri, on the 1st of April, 1884. She is a daughter of Joseph J. and Evelyn (Williams) Cox, both natives of
Missouri, the former of Jackson and the latter of Rolla. They were married at Independence, Missouri. For a number
of years the father was engaged in the mercantile and blacksmithing business, but at present operates a butcher
shop at Milo, Missouri. He served four years in the Civil war as a soldier of Company E, Fifth Missouri Cavalry.
He has now reached the seventy fifth milestone on life's journey, but his wife is deceased, her death occurring
on the 2d of August, 1906. In their family were five children, of whom Mrs. Snyder is the youngest in order of
birth, the others being: Nicey, wife of James E. Gray, of Parsons, Kansas; Aurelius, who married Christie McKay
and now resides in Neck City, Missouri; Minnie, wife of J. H. Rhyme, of Roy, New Mexico; and Lulu, also of Roy,
New Mexico. Two daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Snyder: Evelyn Ruth, born January 27, 1909; and Lulu Ellen,
born September 25, 191o. Mrs. Snyder, whose education includes graduation from high school, has become well known
since her arrival in Letts, and has gained for herself a large circle of warm friends. She holds membership in
the Baptist church.
Fraternally Mr. Snyder is a Mason, belonging to Triangular Lodge, No. 245, A. F. & A. M., at Letts. Since age
conferred upon him the right of franchise he has given his support to the democratic party and has served in the
office of city clerk of Letts two years. He is deeply interested in the welfare of the community, lending his influence
on the side of all those measures which have for their object its improvement and advancement, and the high principles
which have ever governed his actions, whether in private, business or public capacity, have gained for him the
respect and good will of his fellow citizens.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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