Notre Dame Cathedral
This photo is the front of a post card from Richard A. (Dick) Snyder while he was in Europe in World War II. The post card depicts the western façade of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. As you may recall from a previous post, Dick and Dave Snyder, sons of Ora and Marion Snyder, were both in the Army in Europe in World War II and were able to meet up in Paris in December of 1944, shortly before Christmas. They spent the better part of a day seeing some of the sights in Paris, including the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Actually, it does not appear that the post card was ever sent but Dick did write the following on the back: “Dave and I were in the Notre Dame. They were doing repair work and patching up the places where the snipers were rousted out. It is really a beautiful old church.”
The Notre Dame Cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and well-known church buildings in the world. It was built over 200 years and completed in 1345, making it 678 years old. It is still a functioning Catholic church and sits on an island in the river Seine. Every famous building has a famous story, a legend hidden in it. In the case of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the legend involves the “Hunchback of Notre Dame” which has inspired a number of movies and cartoons.
Bottom row from left to right, Don Snyder and Ora Snyder. Top row-I believe Ed Hoeflich is third from left
Here is another photo that Helen Snyder allowed me to copy. I don’t know when this was taken but maybe someone will have an idea. Poppo Ora is in the front row on the right and his oldest son, Don Snyder is to his left in front. Helen said that Ed Hoeflich, husband of Gladys (Snyder) Hoeflich is in the photo too and I think he is in the back row, third from the left. Perhaps someone can confirm that. I don’t know who the others are in the photo. Looks like Poppo Ora is holding a bird, perhaps a pheasant? What are the animals that the men in the back row are holding?
Ora Snyder and Jennie behind Bellville funeral home–1945
Marion Snyder and Jennie-1945
Ora Snyder and Jennie behind Bellville funeral home—1945
Helen Snyder on her family (Wirick) farm in 1937
David J. Snyder and former girlfriend Mary Jane Harvey in 1940
From left to right, Janet (Snyder) Hope, Pat (Snyder) Hoffman, Bill Hope and Brad Snyder at picnic at Pete and Gifta Snyder’s circa 1970
Art, Joyce and Arden Snyder-1978
Betty Snyder in 1978
Betty and Arden Snyder–1978
Charles Snyder in 1978
Helen and Regina Snyder in 1980 at Buena Vista, Florida
From left to right, Pat Snyder, Don Snyder, Helen Snyder and Phil Snyder on July 4, 1976 at family party/cookout at Lexington funeral home
From left to right, Paul Snyder, Pat (Snyder) Hoffman, Gifta Snyder and Joyce Snyder at Pete and Gifta’s
From left to right in back rows, Pete Snyder, Jim Snyder, Helen Snyder, Shontell Snyder, Dorothy Snyder, Bob Snyder, and Dick Snyder. Middle row, from left to right, Paul Snyder, Gifta Snyder, Jim Hope and Art Snyder. Front row, from left to right, Pat Snyder, Janet (Snyder) Hope and Joyce Snyder
From left to right, Betty (Snyder) Ritchie, Bill Ritchie, Bob Snyder, Dorothy Snyder and Dick Snyder
Jim and Janet Snyder–1937
I apologize for the relative lack of substantive posts recently on this blog. Once again, the day job is getting in the way. I have been incredibly busy at work. On top of that, my long-time secretary unexpectedly quit several weeks ago, which was a big loss and we have not replaced her yet. So, I am doing the usual 110% of my job as well as about 20% of my secretary’s job. I also have a trial coming up in a week, which will involve a lot of preparation between then and now. So, I have just not had time to put anything real substantive on the blog for a while. I do have some ideas for things to put on the blog which you will hopefully see in the coming months ahead.
Helen Snyder has been very gracious to allow me to copy not only color slides but also a number of her photographs. I am going to post some of Helen’s photos later today and I think you will find them to be quite interesting. Thanks again Helen and if anyone else out there has any family photos that you think would be interesting on this blog, please e-mail them to me at email@example.com or let me know and I can make arrangements to copy them.
Gifta and Pete Snyder
Art and Joyce Snyder
Larry and Pat (Snyder) Hoffman
Bill and Betty (Snyder) Ritchie
Pat and Jim Snyder
Back Row, left to right, B. J. Bishop, Supt., Dwight Craven, Lowell Rinehart, Roy Walter, LeRoy Baker, Lowell Hershner, L. E. Benson, coach. Front Row, from left to right, Roland Smith, William Dawson, Charles Quinby, Everett Ziegler, Robert Snyder, Warren Wells
This is a photo of the 1938-39 Perry Township basketball team. Robert Lucas Snyder was on this team. Bob is in the front row, second from right. The roster that accompanied this indicated that Bob was a freshman, one of several on the team. Alicia advises me that Bob went to Johnsville High School as a freshman and then transferred to Lexington. Thanks to my brother Todd for providing me this photo.
Paul Snyder’s 1948 Chrysler
By J. Paul Snyder, Guest Blogger
The 1948 Chrysler Windsor Highlander Club Coupe I am driving in this photo taken at a parade in Bellville is an exact replica of my first ’48 Chrysler.
I purchased this car in 1978 thru an ad in Car and Parts Magazine sight unseen for $750.00. Shontell and I rented a car hauler and went out to Evansville, Indiana to trailer it back to Ohio. When we got there, I was amazed at the “basket case” shape of this car and alomst did not bring it back. The interior was in shreds, there wasn’t a decent piece of chrome on it and the trunk was all bashed in. The ad said “fresh out of 20 year storage,” which translated to setting in a corn field for 20 years. But Shontell said “we came clear out here to get it and we’re going to take it back.”
Pat and Larry Hoffman (my sister and brother-in-law) found me a good trunk lid in Colorado. I was able to buy new old stock (NOS) chrome. I buffed out all the stainless steel and farmed out the interior and painting. We spent three years restoring the car. The odometer shows 85,000 miles. We have won numerous trophies at car shows and in parades. Despite a thirty year plus restoration, the car still looks pretty good!
My original ’48 Chrysler was our “courting car.”
In memory of Shontell Snyder (1932-2011)