”H. ALFRED SNYDER, who is a merchant at Strawberry Ridge, Montour Co., Pa., was born Feb. 5, 1867, in Valley township, same county, at the old Snyder homestead, son of William M. and Carolina (Bloom) Snyder.
John Snyder, the grandfather, was a lifelong resident of Valley township, where he followed farming, owning a farm of 150 acres. A few years before his death he sold this property and built a home at Mausdale, where he spent the last years of his life, dying when nearly eighty years old. His wife, Susanna (Ware), died at the age of sixty-eight years. They were members of St. John’s German Reformed Church at Mausdale, where they are buried. Originally a Whig in political opinion, he later became a Republican, and was active in the party. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder had children as follows: John S., who married Sarah Long; Mary, wife of Joseph Crossley; Christianne, Mrs. Pursel; Peter K., who married Catherine Snyder and (second) Sarah Geringer; Michael K., who married Mary Shaffer; Sarah, Mrs. Geringer; Henry, who married Elizabeth Berger; Catherine, wife of Lafayette Raup; William M. Jacob; and Larry, who married Clara Keefer.
William M. Snyder was born Sept. 20, 1840, in Valley township, and as a lad started to work in a lime quarry, but later went to Frosty Valley, where he was a miner. He subsequently spent four years at Morgantown as an iron worker, then farmed for five years for Peter Baldy, and in 1867 took charge of the quarry of Phil Maus, of Mausdale. Later he moved to Hemlock township, where he was engaged in farming two years, and then went to Anthony township, being there engaged in farming for Edward Baldy for twelve years. At the expiration of this period he retired and went to Derry township. Mr. Snyder married Carolina Bloom, who died on her birthday, Dec. 20, 1912, at the age of seventy-four years. She was born near Nazareth, Northampton county, daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Smith) Bloom, and as a girl rode on the first train of the Catawissa (now the Reading) Company that passed through this section. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Snyder, of whom four are living: Martha Jane, the wife of J. Wesley Jackson, of Frosty Valley; Amelia, wife of D. Wesley Diehl; Sarah Clara, wife of George B. Holdren, of Washingtonville, Pa.; and H. Alfred. The four deceased are: Hannah, the eldest of the family; Benjamin F., who married Amanda Saul and had two children; William Wallace, who died in infancy; and Minnie, who died young.
H. Alfred Snyder attended the district schools of his native locality, and for fifteen years was engaged in farming, then moving to Strawberry Ridge, where he opened his present store. He carried a full line of general merchandise, as well as all kinds of farm implements, groceries and hardware, and has the only establishment of its kind in his section of the county.
On Feb. 28, 1888, Mr. Snyder was married to Lizzie A. Rovenalt, who was born Aug. 9, 1866, in Derry township, Montour Co., Pa., daughter of Charles and Clara (Seidel) Rovenalt. Mr. Snyder and his wife belong to the German Reformed Church at Strawberry Ridge. He belongs to the Patriotic Order Sons of America, Camp No. 365, at Washingtonville, and to Danville Lodge, No. 224, F. & A. M. Politically a Republican, he has served three terms as supervisor, and has ever been an active worker in behalf of his party, acting as committeeman of his district. He was one of the promotors of the People’s Ideal Telephone Company.”
Source: Historical and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania, Vol. 2, J.H. Beers & Co, Chicago, 1915, page 885