Biography of Willard F. Snyder
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WILLARD F. SNYDER
Willard F. Snyder is a native son of Utah, having been born at Woods Cross, Davis County, about ten miles north of Salt Lake City, September 22, 1863.

His father was George G. Snyder who was born in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, in 1819, and his mother Martha Snyder. George G. Snyder's boyhood was spent on a farm, and during the first few years of his manhood he was engaged in the potash industry in New York and Canada. In 1844 he came West, settling in Jefferson County, Missouri. When the California gold excitement stampeded the country in 1849, the father of our subject joined the overland westbound tide. He went by the way of Salt Lake City and spent the winter in Salt Lake valley. He reached Sacramento in the fall of 1850, and soon after that went to Diamond Springs, where he built a hotel and conducted it successfully for four years. Having amassed considerable wealth in the gold fields of California, he set out to return to the East, but on the way stopped again in Salt Lake City. He had previously joined the Mormon Church, and having many friends in the valley, concluded to remain here. He engaged in business in Salt Lake and Davis counties for several years, later going to Cache County, where he built a sawmill and operated it with success. In 1864 he moved to Summit County, where he engaged in ranching and the stock business, and in freighting, livery, merchandising and mining. He was one of the earliest settlers in Park City, and laid out a portion of the town. He served as probate judge of Summit County for six years, and remained a resident of Park City until his death, in 1887 His wife died in March, 1891. The Snyder family came originally from Germany. They settled first in Pennsylvania, being among the earliest settlers of that State. George G. Snyder's father was Isaac Snyder, and his mother Louisa Comstock Snyder. The Comstocks were of English descent, the first American member of the family having come over in the "Mayflower."

Our subject spent his boyhood in Summit County and his education was obtained mainly in the public schools of Park City. Growing up in a mining atmosphere such as that pervading so prosperous a mining center as Park City has always been, he became half unconsciously well versed in mining matters, and consequently well fitted in early manhood to engage in the mining business intelligently and successfully. He has been actively engaged in this work for twenty years, and has achieved an enviable position in the Salt Lake and Utah mining field. He is president and a director of the National Development Company, with offices on the fourth floor of the new Judge Building, Salt Lake City, and holds similar positions in the official family of the Yerington Malachite Copper Company, whose mines are at Yerington, Nevada. He is vice president and a director of the famous Cliff Mining Company, with mines at Ophir, Utah, and is interested as a stockholder and officially in many other mining concerns in the inter-mountain country. Mr. Snyder is a prominent figure in the large and growing group of energetic and successful mining men who have been and are ROW doing so much to make Salt Lake the mining center of the country.

Mr. Snyder is a member of the Salt Lake lodge of Elks, the Alta Club, the Commercial Club, and the Country Club. He is married and is the father of six children, the family residing in a commodious and handsomely appointed new and modern home at 643 East Second South Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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