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Arthur Joshua Snouffer

Arthur Joshua Snouffer

Male 1887 - 1981  (93 years)

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  • Name Arthur Joshua Snouffer  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Born 6 Dec 1887  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Christened 2 Apr 1893  First Lutheran Ch, Cedar Rapids, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Government - Post Office 
    Occupation Government - U.S. Postal Service 
    Died 25 Sep 1981  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 9, 10
    Buried Linwood Cem, Cedar Rapids, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 9
    Person ID I15  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2010 

    Father Joshua Jacob Snouffer,   b. 31 Dec 1860, Reisterstown, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1943, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Anna Elizabeth Aussieker,   b. 1 May 1861, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1946, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 3 May 1883  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 5, 13, 14, 15, 16
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Esther Henrietta Jensen,   b. 7 Nov 1890, Burlington, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1975, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1916  Laporte City, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6, 7, 9, 17
    Children 
     1. Norman David Snouffer,   b. 28 May 1917, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1997, Dallas, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Dorothy Jane Snouffer,   b. 30 Oct 1918, Teedee, Carter Cnty, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 2011, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F160  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Arthur Joshua Snouffer
    Arthur Joshua Snouffer

  • Notes 
    • The 1900 census shows his father "Snauffer, Jas. J," 39, born in Dec 1860 in Maryland, employed as a "Gro. salesman," living with his wife of 17 years, Anna E, 39, b. May 1861 in Iowa, and their 5 Iowa born children: William D, 16, b. Apr 1884, and employed in "hardware sales"; Edward M, 14, b. May 1886; Arthur J, 12, b. Dec 1887; Bessie E, 8, b. Dec 1891; and Charles, 1 month, b. Apr 1900. A servant also lived with them. Living only eight houses away was Anna's mother Charlotte and a number of her siblings. 1900 U.S. Census, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (T 623, Roll 444, stamped pp. 302B-303A).

      On 4 Mar 1946 Bertha (Newens) Snouffer wrote a letter to her granddaughter Barbara Nelson about homesteading days in Colorado:
      "It was Christmas 1909 ... when my [father's brother] Uncle Isaiah Newens came to Cedar Rapids to visit us.... Uncle Isaiah was my fathers brother, and another brother Uncle Dick [Richard Newens] and his wife came from southern Iowa, and a cousin [Charlie Newens] who was a son of another brother ["Uncle Ned" or Edward Newens] of theirs came from Chi[cago].... Uncle Dick got all of us interested in going to Colorado to 'take up homestead land.' He told of land that the government was opening up to homesteaders. [In an earlier draft of the letter she mentioned that Uncle Dick's "twin sons had already filed claims on land the Government was opening up to homesteaders."] So Grandpa Newens, Aunt Lessie [Newens] (who was not married), Uncle Art [Snouffer] and your Grandpa Snouffer all decided they would go out [to Colorado] and investigate.
      "They left here [Cedar Rapids, IA] in Jan. 1910 and were quite enthused about the prospects, so with the help of a cousin (Uncle Dick's son) who was already located there they picked out the land they would like to have, and then they went to the Government Land Office in Sterling Colo and filed a claim for their land; each one had 160 acres. Then they came home and we prepared to move....
      "Grandpa Newens arranged for a [railroad] box car and in it all the furniture was packed on one side of the car, and on the other side was a buggy, a wagon, a team of horses, and Uncle Arts dog Fanny, and a crate with about 24 chickens....
      "*** Grandpa Snouffer was the carpenter, Great Grandpa Newens helped him, and Uncle Art made the trips back and forth to town for lumber, more of the household goods, groceries, etc.
      "Great Grandma Newens, Aunt Lessie, Your mother [Blanche Snouffer] (who was my little baby not two years old yet) and I stayed here in Iowa for about two weeks, then we decided we would go also.***
      "*** [When a range fire threatened them] Grandpa Newens was wise enough to start a fire and burn a strip about 10 feet wide ... around our household goods ... then we went over to where the house was being built and new lumber piled near, and built a similar fire break. [In an earlier draft of the letter she then wrote: "Our house was soon finished.... Aunt Lessie's house was built next, then Uncle Art's and finally Great Grandpa & Grandma Newens house was finished. *** We lived on the farm for three years, then proved up and got a government deed.... The land is still ours and has been farmed every year -- although we only lived there the three years. *** "] [Most of the group returned to Cedar Rapids after the required three years.]

      The 1910 Colorado census shows "Arthur J." as a 21-yr old farmer living in Morgan County. He was surrounded by his brother William D. Snouffer, who was listed as a 26-yr old farmer and wife Bertha I. and daughter "Blanch N." [sic], Bertha's parents John and Ellen Newens, and Lessie Newens. 1910 U.S. Census, Prec. 12, Snyder, Morgan Cnty, CO (T 624, Roll 123, stamped p. 294).

      The 1920 census lists Arthur J. "Snoffer" as the 32-yr old head of a household consisting of his wife Esther, 29, son Norman, 2 & 8/12 ths yrs, and daughter Dorothy, 1 & 2/12ths yrs. The census indicates that Arthur owned his house, subject to a mortgage. It lists his birthplace as Iowa, his father's as Maryland, his mother's as Iowa, and lists his occupation as "farming." 1920 U.S. Census, School Dist #10, Carter Cnty, Montana (T 625, Roll 967, stamped p. 236).

      The 1930 census lists Arthur J Snouffer as a 42 year old post office employee, born in Iowa, living with his wife "Esther H," 39, son "Normand D," 12, and daughter Dorothy, 11. 1930 U.S. Census, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (T 626, Roll 664, ED 40, p. 8A).

      According to church records, Arthur was elected and served as a Deacon for the First Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, IA, from 14 Jan 1938 to 31 Dec 1938, and again served as a Deacon from 9 Jan 1948 through 31 Dec 1950. Also according to the same records, Arthur was a postman for the U.S. Postal Service.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Bertha Newens|, Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer, "Newens & Snouffer Family Records", (Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer; unpublished charts; created abt 1960; revised abt 1970; original charts possessed by Wm.C.Snouffer).

    2. [S619] IA Census 1900, Linn|, Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, 1900 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T623, Roll 444, pp. 302-303).

    3. [S5] Cedar Rapids Gazette|, Cedar Rapids Gazette, (Cedar Rapids, IA), (Oct. 1943).

    4. [S5] Cedar Rapids Gazette|, Cedar Rapids Gazette, (Cedar Rapids, IA), (May 1933).

    5. [S5] Cedar Rapids Gazette|, Cedar Rapids Gazette, (Cedar Rapids, IA), (1 May 1939).

    6. [S6] IA Census 1930, Cedar Rapids|, Iowa, Linn Cnty, Cedar Rapids, 1930 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T626, Roll 664, ED 40, p. 8A).

    7. [S7] Cem - Linwood, Cedar Rapids, IA|, Genealogical Soc'y of Linn Cnty, IA, "Linn County, Iowa Cemeteries, Linwood, Cedar Rapids", (Genealogical Society of Linn Cnty, IA, PO Box 175, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406 : 2001), p. 184.

    8. [S42] Jewell - Snouffers|, Carol Snouffer Jewell, "Snouffer, Schnauffer, Newens of Germany, IA, 1523-1997" (Nov 1999), (Family Tree Maker, "World Family Tree," CD-ROM database (vol. 54, tree 2400), Cambridge, MA; The Learning Company, Inc. : 2000).

    9. [S69] Cedar Rapids Lutheran|, "Church Records", (First Lutheran Church, 1000 Third Ave, SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403).

    10. [S281] Social Security|, U.S. Social Security Admin., Social Security Death Index, (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693).

    11. [S453] MT Census 1920, Carter, SD-10, Montana, Carter Cnty, School Dist 10, 1920 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T625, Roll 967, p. 236A).

    12. [S378] WW I Draft Card|, U.S. Selective Service System, "World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918", (U.S. Selective Service System, The National Archives, Washington, D.C.; Online database: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482).

    13. [S5] Cedar Rapids Gazette|, Cedar Rapids Gazette, (Cedar Rapids, IA), Oct. 1943.

    14. [S879] IA Marriages, 1838-1934 |, Iowa County Court Clerks, Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, (Online database, "Historical Record Collections," Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT; https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list ).

    15. [S8] IA Census 1920, CR, 5-P|, Iowa, Linn Cnty, Cedar Rapids, 5th Precinct, 1920 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T625, Roll 500, pp. 190-191).

    16. [S9] IA Census 1930, CR, 19-P|, Iowa, Linn Cnty, Cedar Rapids, 19th Precinct, 1930 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T626, Roll 665, ED 64, p. 6B).

    17. [S3] Personal |, Person Named, Spouse, or close Relative or Friend, (Barbara Hannon).