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SNIVELY, JAMES B (1835-1903) MONTEREY El Encinal Cem. MASONIC (Monterey County, Harrison Page__)
James B. Snively, one of the representative men of Monterey, was born near Buffalo, Erie County, NY, October 21, 1835, and became an orphan at the early age of ten years. With meager education, when fifteen years old he started for himself and learned the trade of tool making, in Cleveland, Ohio, and followed it until the commencement of the Rebellion. He enlisted in August, 1861 in the Thirty-eighth Indiana Infantry, and saw three years of active service at the front. He was mustered out at Atlanta, GA., in 1864. Returning to Indiana re resumed his occupation of tool making, but the rigors and hardships of a soldier's life had left him an invalid, and being unfitted for active and prolonged work, he resolved to come to California in search of health. He arrived here in 1868, and the following year engaged in the lumber business at Monterey with Captain Lambert. In 1873 he was appointed Wells Fargo & Co.'s agent at Monterey, and has held that and the Western Union Telegraph office continuously ever since. He is a member of the G.A.R., I.O.O.F., F & A.M., and Knights Templar. Mr. Snively is an unassuming, quiet gentleman, but appreciated by those who know him best. He is a progressive citizen, interested in the development of Monterey County, although it would seem that he is not so anxious about increasing the population, as he has never married.
(Mem & Bio History of Coast Counties of Central California Lewis Publishing Chicago 1893 Page 258)
James B. Snively, one of the representative men of Monterey, was born near Buffalo, New York, October 21, 1835. he enlisted in the Thirty-Eighth Illinois Infantry, August 1861, and served three years; being mustered out at Atlanta, Georgia October 1864. The rigors of a soldier's life had left him an invalid; so he resolved to seek a more congenial climate, and as California seemed to promise such a climate, he emigrated to this State, arriving in 1868, and the following year engaged in the lumber business with Capt. TG Lambert.
In 1873, he was appointed Wells Fargo and Company's agent at Monterey, and has held that and the Western Union Telegraph office ever since.
He was the first president of the Board of City Trustees under the new incorporation. He is connected socially with the G.A.R., I.O.O.F., and F & A.M.
He has two brothers, Richard and Daniel, the former a successful dairyman and fruit grower in the Carmel valley, ten miles from Monterey, who arrived in California in 1863. The latter brother, Daniel, is a successful fruit grower in Santa Clara county, having come to the state in 1868.
Mr. Snively is a highly respected gentleman and faithful employee of the company whom he has served for so many years.
(Salinas Weekly Index March 12,
After languishing in the German hospital, San Francisco, for several months, J.B. Snively, a prominent and wealthy resident of Monterey, crossed over the great divide Wednesday morning, after a sojourn of three score and eight years, and by his demise the entire city of Monterey, as well as a large circle of friends throughout the county, are precipitated into mourning. He was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him and though the news of his death was not wholly unexpected, the pall of gloom has seemed to hover over the old capital since it first became known that the golden sheaf had been garnered by the grim reaper.
James Bowman Snively was born near Buffalo, New York, October 21 1835. In the tumultuous times of 1861 he enlisted in the Thirty eighth Illinois Infantry, serving his country three years and was mustered out at Atlanta, Georgia, in October, 1864. War, with its exposure and privations had broken the health of the robust young man and after receiving his discharge he realized that the time to seek a more congenial climate was at hand, if he would save the life fate had spared during the bloody conflict of battle. Accordingly he came to Monterey in 1868, where he engaged in the lumber business with Captain TG Lambert. In 1873 he was appointed agent for the Western Union Telegraph company and for the Wells Fargo Express company. These positions he held until the latter part of 1901 when he was obliged to give them up on account of ill health. During these years he was a prominent figure in Monterey and was president of the first board of trustees of that city under the present incorporation. In lodge circles he was also prominent being a member of Watsonville Commandry, Knights Templar , and having acted as treasurer of Monterey Lodge No. 217 F. and A.M., for a number of years. He was also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. With his brother, his only surviving relative, Daniel Snively, of Santa Clara, the deceased was a joint owner of a fruit ranch on the Carmel, as well as considerable town property. The remains were brought down from San Francisco yesterday afternoon under the auspices of Monterey Lodge, No. 217 F. and A.M. with Watsonville Commandry, Knights Templar, forming an escort.
(Monterey New Era, March 11,
The funeral of the late James B. Snively (whose death was reported in our last week’s issue) took place on Friday afternoon, and was more largely attended than any funeral that has occurred in Monterey for some time. he was an old and respected resident and none who were able to come out neglected this the last opportunity to testify their esteem for him. The obsequies were under the auspices of Monterey Lodge, No. 217 F. & A. M. of which he was one of the oldest members, and Watsonville Commandery, Knights Templar, acted as escort.
The cortege formed at Masonic hall, with the Knights Templar in the lead followed by the officers and members of Monterey Lodge and visiting brethren. Next came the hearse bearing the remains of the deceased in a handsome casket, upon which were placed his Knights Templar chapeau and sword, his apron and some beautiful floral offerings. The pall bearers, Messrs. W.J. Towle, G.C. Notley, FM Hilby, H.E. Kent, H. Prinz and C.L. Anway, walked on each side of the hearse. Then followed the (illegible), and a long procession of friends and neighbors in carriages.
On arriving at the cemetery the members of the Masonic order took their stations round the grave, and with beautiful and impressive ceremonies of the ancient institution, consigned the mortal remains of their departed Brother to their last earthly resting place. The floral offerings which came from near and far, were numerous and very beautiful.
In the death of James B. Snively, Monterey Lodge loses a valued and highly esteemed member, and Monterey a prominent and well beloved citizen.
Of the three brothers, so long known and so well liked in this part of the State, only one now remains, Daniel Snively of Santa Clara. During the months of his brother’s last illness he was unremitting in his care and attending, doing all that brotherly love could suggest too make his last days on earth as happy as possible. and when he too, shall go down to join the great majority, it is his desire to be laid beside his brothers, that the three who were so closely united in life, in death may not be divided
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|Researched and Compiled by :
Timothy P. Reese, PCC of Salinas , CA. & Robert L. Nelson ,PCC. of
Santa Cruz.CA. Both members of the “Sons of Union Veterans of the
Civil War”. Department of California & Pacific. Camp Abraham
Lincoln # 10. The Reese-Nelson CWV-MC Data Base