Snyder, New York: A Brief History

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In 1823, the Erie Canal sparked visions of opportunity and fortune in many, including Abraham Snyder, who traversed to the land that would become his namesake. But when Abraham mysteriously disappeared in 1832, his son, Michael, became the "man of the family" and consequently became a one-man powerhouse of industry and generosity. Michael Snyder's eponymous settlement became a hamlet of Amherst in western New York that boasts a rich history dating back to its origins. The Snyders and other early settlers established several town institutions and landmarks—including the first mercantile and band hall—that gave locals a sense of community. Further, because of their humanitarian spirit, residents cultivated a sense of generosity and tolerance, evidenced by the practice of donating instruments to schoolchildren and embracing the Seneca Indian tribe as equals. Lifelong resident and Snyder descendant Julianna Fiddler-Woite
ISBN: 9781596296398
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: Brief History
Images: 75
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Julianna Fiddler-Woite is the great- great- granddaughter of Snyder's namesake, Post Master Michael Snyder. She has extensive publishing experience, ranging from academic research to local history, and is a local college professor specializing in research and education. A strong believer in local history education, Fiddler-Woite has delivered presentations at schools, libraries, and community venues and has taught an adult education course on Snyder's history.
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