- Cedar Rapids Gazette (?) (Jun 1907):
"One of the simplest of the long list of June weddings was that of Miss Bertha Ina Newens and Mr. William D. Snouffer, which took place Wednesday evening [19 Jun] at the new home of the bride and groom, at 317 South Seventh street, west. The house is completely furnished and was made additionally attractive by decorations of roses and smilax.
"The bride and groom received the guests, the bride wearing a pretty gown of white chiffon and lace.... After the ceremony and congratulations a supper of three courses was served....
"*** The bride is an admirable young woman who has made many friends during her residence of nine years in this city. She is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Newens and was employed as clerk in the business office of the C.R. & M. Telephone company....
"The groom is a member of one of the pioneer families of Cedar Rapids.... He has been employed in the book bindery of the Republican Printing Co. for more than six years and now is foreman of that department. He is a young man of sterling qualities and enjoys the confidence and respect of his employers and associates.
"*** Among the out-of-town guests at the wedding were the bride's aunt, Mrs. Richard Newens of Tingley; the bride's aunt and cousin, Mrs. Downing and daughter, Miss Pearl Downing, of Iowa City; the bride's cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Will Horabin and son, Richard, and Mr. Harry Blowers of Iowa City; the groom's great uncle, Mr. William Dobel of Mason City; the groom's uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John Snouffer of What Cheer...."
Lutheran Helper, vol. X, No's 7, 8 (First English Lutheran Ch, Cedar Rapids, IA; Jul & Aug 1907):
"About sixty relatives and friends of the contracting parties met at the new home of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Snouffer to enjoy the festivities incident to their marriage on June 20 [sic]. It was a happy company. Mr. Snouffer and Miss Newens received and at eight o'clock marched to the embowered corner where we pronounced them husband and wife, using the home ring service.... We wish them abundant happiness."
Cedar Rapids Gazette (?) (no date; abt 1909):
"Mr. and Mrs. William D. Snouffer gave a dinner Tuesday at one o'clock, in honor of the sixtieth birthday of Mrs. Snouffer's uncle, Mr. I. Newens of Nome, Alaska, who came to Cedar Rapids to spend Christmas with his brother, Mr. John Newens. Covers were laid for eight and the dinner was served in five courses.
"Mr. and Mrs. Snouffer's guests were Mr. I. Newens, Mr. and Mrs. John Newens, Miss Lessie Newens, and Mr. and Mrs. Silas Miller of Mt. Vernon."
Cedar Rapids Gazette (?) (no date; abt 1910):
"The young ladies of Miss Clara Fuhrmeister['s] Sunday school class entertained at the home of their teacher last evening in honor of Mr. and Mrs. William Snouffer, who left today for their future home on a ranch in Colorado. The guests were the young men belonging to Mr. Keyser's class, both classes being of the English Lutheran Sunday school.
"Mrs. Snouffer is a member of Miss Fuhrmeister's class and Mr. Snouffer of Mr. Keyser's. The two classes presented a set of books to Mr. and Mrs. Snouffer as a parting gift. A very pleasant social evening was enjoyed and included music and refreshments. The final goodbyes were said and all the good wishes expressed before separating, as Mr. and Mrs. Snouffer were to begin their western journey in the morning."
On 4 Mar 1946 Bertha (Newens) Snouffer wrote a letter to her granddaughter Barbara Nelson about homesteading days in Colorado:
"It was Christmas 1909 (your mother was just a baby) when my [father's brother] Uncle Isaiah Newens came to Cedar Rapids to visit us. He had been living in Nome Alaska for many years.... 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 and I had a nice home (which we had built and were married in, and your mother was born there also) which we sold. *** [Household belongings were shipped by railroad box car.] We were located about 10 miles from the town of Merino and with a team of work horses it took quite a while to drive that far.***
"*** 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 (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.***
"[After surviving a prairie fire, our] house was soon finished and then we had the shelter we needed. Grandpa Snouffer never learned how -- that is -- he had not had any experience building a house, but he loved to do it and we were very comfortable. The house was 12 x 20 and was just like your garage, not finished on the inside. The 2x4's all showed and I hung pictures between them. I think we had four windows not just a hole cut in the wall but regular windows that you could raise & lower. Later we built a kitchen which was about 10 x 14. We had the same furniture we had used in C.R. You see we had only been married three years so everything was new. ***
"We lived on the farm for three years, then proved up and got a Government Deed signed by Woodrow Wilson.... The land is still ours and has been farmed every year although we only lived there the three years.***
"*** Sometimes when we had hard dust storms the sand & dirt would blow in the house until a newspaper would be so covered you could not read it....
"Then too we drilled for water but did not find it so we dug cisterns[,] put a pump in them and hauled water by the barrel from Antelope Springs about 5 miles away and dumped the water in these cisterns.... There were many many rattlesnakes, prairie dogs, Antelopes and coyotes and the day we were first driving out I saw an eagle. We had no trees on our place and we planted many but did not have enough water to keep them growing....
"*** Our three years out there were very interesting and I am glad ... they were a part of my life....
"*** When we moved away [back to Iowa] we sold all the buildings and they were moved off the land. Uncle Bob [Snouffer] was born while we lived out there."
The deed was issued 27 Jan 1914 for the NE 1/4 of Section 18, Township 6 N, Range 55 W, 6th Principal Meridian, [Morgan County] Colorado.
In another (undated) document, similar in content to the one above, Bertha commented further about the move back to Cedar Rapids: "School was 3 miles away and our daughter was almost 5 years old so we gave up our homesteading and went back to C.R. where my husband went back to work at the same place he had been working. The Torch Press."
Before she left for Colorado in mid-1910, however, Bertha had time to travel, with her mother, to Iowa City, to attend a wedding. According to The Iowa City Citizen, p. 8 (18 Feb 1910):
"In the presence of a large crowd of invited guests Harry Blowers and Miss Nellie Pfeiffer were united in marriage ... yesterday morning. *** The out of town guests were Mrs. Newens, Mrs. Snouffer, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Merrifield of Cedar Rapids and [others]."
The 1910 Colorado census shows that the extended family was living in Morgan County. 25-yr old Bertha I. was listed as living with her husband William D. Snouffer, a 26-yr old farmer and their 2-yr old daughter "Blanch N." [sic] The family was bracketed in the census by Bertha's parents John and Ellen Newens on the one hand, and by 21-year old Arthur J. Snouffer and 31-yr old Lessie Newens on the other. 1910 U.S. Census, Prct 12, Snyder, Morgan Cnty, CO (T 624, Roll 123, stamped p. 294).
The 1920 Iowa census reports that the family had returned to Iowa, living in Anamosa, Jones County. Bertha, age 35, is living with her husband William, 35, a bookbinder, and children Blanche, 11, Robert 8, and William, 6. 1920 U.S. Census, 4th Wd, Anamosa, Jones Cnty, IA (T 625, Roll 495, stamped p. 277).
In 1930 Bertha, 45, was living with her husband William D. Snouffer, 45, their two sons, Robert M, 18, and "William M," 16, and her widowed mother Ellen Newens, 86. 1930 U.S. Census, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (T 626, Roll 665, stamped p. 106B).
Cedar Rapids Gazette (?) (no date):
"Mrs W. D. Snouffer and C. A. Kent Wed
"Announcement has been made of the marriage of Mrs. W. D. Snouffer, 1531 Washington avenue SE, and C. A. Kent, 1511 D avenue NE, which took place Sunday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Nelson in Rahway, N.J. The Rev. P. Schroder, captain and chaplain in the United States army at Fort Monmouth, N.J., performed the ceremony.
"Mrs. Nelson is the daughter of Mrs. Kent. Guests at the wedding were Mrs. Kent's sons and daughters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Snouffer of New York City, Lieutenant and Mrs. William H. [sic] Snouffer of Fort Monmouth, and Mrs. and Mrs. Nelson and their children.
"Mr. and Mrs. Kent returned to Cedar Rapids Tuesday evening from New York City.... Mr. Kent has been an employe of the Illinois Central Railroad many years.
"Tuesday evening the Kents were honored by a group of relatives, calling at their home for a surprise party and picnic supper. The honored couple were presented a gift."
Obituary, Cedar Rapids Gazette (28 Oct 1981):
"Bertha I. Kent [Snouffer], 96, of 310 Fifth Ave. SE died Monday at Hallmar following a brief illness.
"Bertha I. Newens was born Dec. 30, 1884, at Tipton. She was married to William D. Snouffer on June 19, 1907, at Cedar Rapids. He died in 1935. She married Clyde A. Kent on Nov. 26, 1938, at Rahway, N.J. He died in 1950. She worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone in the business office prior to 1907. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church for over 82 years where she was involved with Ruth's Circle, BBB's and Keen Agers. She also was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons, El Kahir Women's Auxiliary and Temple Ladies Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S., Cedar Chapter No. 184 Order of the Eastern Star, Eu'Cha Rest Temple No. 68 Daughters of the Nile, Order of Gethsemane White Shrine of Jerusalem No. 1, International Order of Kings Daughters and the Wednesday Social Club.
"Surviving are one daughter, Blanche Snouffer Nelson of Rahway, N.J.; two sons, Robert N. Snouffer of Sun City, Ariz., and William N. Snouffer of Chapel Hill, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren."