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Submitted Sep 2010 by Ronald Cannon, MA


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John Snow
, 24 May 1844 AL-29 June 1921
Co. F, 2 Battl’n AL Light Artillery CSA
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (K-11, Lot 2, NE 1/4)


JOHN SNOW PASSES TO GREAT BEYOND – John Snow, a resident of this county since 1890, passed away in Ukiah Wednesday evening, the cause of his death being general debility resulting from his extreme age.

            The deceased was born in Alabama, May 24, 1844.When the Civil war broke out, he enlisted in the southern army and served the entire four years of the war. After the war was over he went into the mercantile business but sold out when he decided to come to California.

            He was justice of the peace in Little Lake township in 1908 and 1909.

            He was a member of the Masonic lodge.

            There remains to mourn his death, a daughter, Mrs. George Richardson, to whom the sympathy of many friends is extended. Dispatch Democrat 1 July 1921


John Snow, Old Resident Here, Dead – Funeral services were held here Saturday morning at ten o’clock for John Snow, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Richardson in Ukiah Wednesday evening. Death was due to debility brought on by age.

Born In South

            Mr. Snow has resided in Ukiah for more than 30 years. Prior to that time he was justice of the peace in Willits. He was born in Alabama and was 77 years old. He was a member of the G.A.R. having served in the southern army during the entire term of the Civil war.

Masons In Charge

            The funeral services Saturday were conducted by the Rev. E.H. Benson of Holy Trinity Episcopal church. Services at the cemetery were conducted by the Masonic Lodge of which the deceased had long been a member. The pall bearers were J.L. McCracken, N.S. Burge, E.C. Caffery, J.J. Murphey, J.C. Hurley and William Bromley. Mrs. Richardson is the sole surviving member of the family and the sympathy of many friends is being extended to her. Ukiah Republican Press 6 July 1921


JOHN SNOW. – The early American identification of the Snow family with New England gave several generations of the name as factors in the material upbuilding of Massachusetts, but in the first half of the nineteenth century the name became transplanted into Northern Alabama through the settlement of Dr. Charles Snow upon a country estate one mile north of Tuscaloosa. This cultured gentleman, who combined a thorough knowledge of the medical profession with an intelligent oversight of a large plantation, married Miss Virginia Penn, a native of Virginia and a member of an old family of that commonwealth. Their youngest child and only son, John, was born at the Alabama plantation May 24, 1844, and passed his early years uneventfully at the homestead in the suburbs of Tuscaloosa, where he gained a knowledge of cotton planting and other departments of agriculture as followed in the sounth. The outbreak of the Civil war when he was seventeen years of age changed the whole current of his existence. From the school, where he had been pursuing a course of study with the leisurely indifference of youth, he hastened to the southern army, enlisted in Lumsden’s battery and gave to his native region an eagerness of service and strength of devotion limited only by his physical capacity. Nor did he retire from the army until the end of the struggle of four years, although he had suffered greatly from the hardships of camp and the perils of the battlefield. Broken in health, he was left at the age of twenty-one to face a furure darkened by the fall of the Confederacy and the agricultural ruin of the south. Chance directed him to mercantile pursuits and throughout all of his active business life he followed such lines of enterprise.

            First as a grocer and then as proprietor of a general store, Mr. Snow ultimately developed the J. Snow hardware Company of Tuscaloosa, dealers in hardware, agricultural implements and machinery of all kinds. The firm became the largest of its kind in that part of Alabama. The name of the proprietor was a synonym for honesty and fair dealing. For years it was his custom to spend his winters in Tuscaloosa and his summers six miles east of that city, on the Hurricane river, where he had an estate, Hurricane, of five hundred acres, forming a beautiful country home. About the year 1890 he disposed of his interests in the south, and removed to Mendocino county, Cal., where in 1907-09 he served as justice of the peace at Willits. His removal to Ukiah, his present place of residence, was largely influenced by his purchase of the Ukiah garage of John Thornton, for the benefit of a son-in-law, George Richardson, an exceptionally skilled mechanic. Under their management the garage has become very successful, doing probably nine-tenths of the business of the entire city in its line. For many years Mr. Snow officiated as a vestryman and treasurer of the Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and his devotion to that creed has never wavered throughout his long life. Fraternally he is a stanch advocate of the principles of Masonry, and joined the order in Tuscaloosa. He is a member of Abell Lodge No. 146, F. & A. M. He was also made a Royal Arch Mason in Tuscaloosa, but is now a member of Ukiah Chapter No. 53, R. A. M., and has also transferred his membership from Tuscaloosa to Ukiah Chapter No. 33, K. T. At different times he has officiated as presiding officer of lodge, chapter and commandery. All movements for the benefit of the order or for the aid of its members receive his cordial co-operation. One of his most striking characteristics is a pronounced literary taste. Few men in the county are more conversant than he with literature ancient and modern. In the days of his large business enterprises he yet found leisure to keep in touch with the world’s masterpieces of thought and in later years of larger leisure his happiest hours are those spent with a favorite book. With his schloarly tastes there lingers nothing of the bookworm or the recluse, for there is always apparent in his attitude toward the world the spirit of valor that kept him in the army during four years of suffering and defeat and there is noticeable also an alertness in public questions, a familiarity with topics of the business world and an intimate knowledge of soil, trees and flowers, that mark the man of broad vision and versatile tastes. (Aurelius O. Carpenter and Percy H. Millberry, History of Mendocino and Lake Counties, California... [Los Angeles, Cal.: Historic Record Co., 1914], 756-757.)