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Bessie Elizabeth  Snouffer

Bessie Elizabeth Snouffer

Female 1891 - 1958  (66 years)

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  • Name Bessie Elizabeth Snouffer  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Born 2 Dec 1891  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 8, 9, 10
    Christened 2 Apr 1893  First Lutheran Ch, Cedar Rapids, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Gender Female 
    Died 28 Aug 1958  Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 9, 10
    Buried Lake Shore Cemetery, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 12
    Person ID I16  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2017 

    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, 3, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Claude Henry Elson,   b. 2 Aug 1882, Hagar Twsp, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1951, Benton Harbor, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 28 Apr 1915  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5, 9, 11, 14
    Children 
     1. Ruth ("Nadine") Elson,   b. 29 Apr 1918, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 2006, Rancho Bernardo, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     2. Roy Bernard Elson,   b. 14 Jan 1920, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 2004, Mesa, Maricopa Cnty, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Robert Snouffer Elson,   b. 21 Oct 1921, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 2016, Golden, Jefferson Cnty, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     4. Ruby Jane Elson,   b. 16 Dec 1923, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 2005, Mesa, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2017 12:28:18 
    Family ID F161  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Bessie Elizabeth Snouffer
(abt 1909)
    Bessie Elizabeth Snouffer (abt 1909)
    Courtesy of Karen Knecht

  • Notes 
    • The 1900 census shows her 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).

      The 1910 Iowa census lists "Bessie E." Snouffer as an 18-yr old single woman living at home with her parents and siblings Edward and Charles. 1910 U.S. Census, 9th Prct, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (T 624, Roll 411, stamped p. 155).
    • Karen Knecht wrote, in 2013 :

      " *** Joe Elson (b 1858)[Joseph A. Elson Jr.; i491] who married Augusta Aussieker [Augusta C. "Gussie" Aussieker; i490] is from an Elson family completely unrelated to my Elston / Elson line [which starts with Jacob D. Elston; i611].

      "However, Joe Elson had a fruit farm not far from my grandparents, Claude & Bessie (Snouffer) Elson, in Michigan [i473 & i16]. Joe's brother, Charles [Charles Andrew Elson; i8805], also lived with them & owned a grocery store (or general store) in the area near Lake Michigan in Hagar Township.

      "My grandmother, Bessie Snouffer, spent the summer(s) around 1914 staying with her aunt & uncle (Joe & Augusta Elson)...... and she worked during this time at the store. According to my Uncle Bob [Robert Snouffer Elson; i476], it was while working at this store that Bessie met her future husband, Claude Elson. I'm sure the coincidence over the Elson surname was quite an "icebreaker". They were married in 1915.

      "I also recall Uncle Bob telling me about a fire which got out of control as Joe Elson was clearing out brush on his farm. As they often did when neighboring farmers had an emergency, Claude Elson & his sons rushed to assist in putting out the fire. Joe died as a result of injuries suffered in this tragic fire.

      "Joe & Elizabeth Elson's daughter, Rose Elson (b 1890) [i494], was a cousin & best buddy of Bessie Snouffer. They were only 1 year apart in age & Bessie had 4 brothers and no sisters…."

  • 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), (May 1933).

    4. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Claude H Elson; 16 Mar 1951).

    5. [S37] Ancestry Tree - Mann|, James D. Hug, "Mann_2011-12-09", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/33020986/listofallpeople).

    6. [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).

    7. [S878] Ancestry Tree - Kathie's, Kathie --------, "Kathie's Family", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/16199081/listofallpeople).

    8. [S183] IA Census 1910, CR, 9-P|, Iowa, Linn Cnty, Cedar Rapids, 9th Precinct, 1910 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T624, Roll 411, p. 155A).

    9. [S70] Knecht, Karen|, Karen Beth Knecht, "Correspondence", (Karen B. Knecht, alohakarenk@hotmail.com).

    10. [S3] Personal |, Person Named, Spouse, or close Relative or Friend, (Donna Jean Wintersteen).

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

    12. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 103587593.

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

    17. [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).