WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON COVER

William H.H. Cover Headstone-Bellville Cemetery

William H.H. Cover Headstone-Bellville Cemetery

A number of our ancestors were named after U.S. Presidents. One of them was William Henry Harrison Cover. He was born January 15, 1841 In Perry Township, Richland County, now part of Morrow County. He was the son of Daniel Cover and Lydia Stevenson.  His siblings included Thomas W. Cover, one of my favorite ancestors, and Mary Margaret Cover Biddle, mother of Martha Ellen Biddle Snyder (Mrs. Henry Albert Snyder). Like the other members of his family, William was reared on the family’s 80 acre farm in Perry Township. Between the ages of 15-25, he managed the family farm, his father having died.

During the Civil War, he enlisted in the 163rd Ohio Infantry, Company B, serving as a private for  four months. William married Mary Courson on December 28, 1865. For two years, William and his wife lived in Richland County before moving to a farm in Knox County. William was the first man in Knox County to engage in the business of breeding and dealing draft horses, a business that he continued for almost 25 years. In addition to his 215 acre farm in Knox County, he owned 60 acres in Richland County and had an interest in a farm in Morrow County. William and his wife had no children of their own but they reared an adopted daughter, Ola May Williams.

William and his wife moved to Bellville in 1901 to take care of his wife’s mother who died that same year. Unfortunately, William’s wife died one month later.

William was known as a staunch Republican and served as township trustee. His obituary indicated that he amassed considerable wealth in land holdings and he was the largest landowner in Richland County at the time of his death. His obituary described him as “a very successful farmer and stock raiser, his interests being largely centered in sheep.”  He traveled extensively in all parts of the country and, being a Civil War veteran, never missed a G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) encampment. He also took a great interest in “farmer institutes,” which he attended in Knox and  Richland counties.

He died on March 9, 1931 at the age of 90 at the home of his granddaughter in Lexington. His death certificate indicates that he died of influenza.  His body was removed to the old Cover homestead in Waterford. His funeral was held in the Methodist Episcopal church in Waterford.  His obituary indicates that “O.O. Snyder, Lexington funeral director, is in charge of arrangements. He is buried in Bellville Cemeterey.

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FREDERICKTOWN MEMORIES

In trailer from left to right, Dennis, Brad and Randy Snyder. Joe Snyder on tractor.

In trailer from left to right, Dennis, Brad and Randy Snyder. Joe Snyder on tractor.

I am presently at my Dad’s house in Bellville, recuperating from an injury. I guess injuries never happen at a good time but the timing on this one was particularly bad as my Dad and I were going to take the “In Search of Tom Cover”  vacation to Montana next month. Since I can’t walk and will be looking at a long rehabilitation period, that vacation is being postponed until later in the year.   I was pleasantly surprised, however, this morning when my Aunt Helen Snyder and her son Joe stopped to see me. It was really good to see Joe as I had not seen him in some time. Joe has expressed an interest in joining us on the “In Search of Tom Cover” trip and I really hope that he is able to do so.

As always, I really enjoyed visiting with Helen and Joe. For the first 14 years of my life, I lived in Fredericktown and for almost all of those years, our family lived across the street from the Fredericktown Funeral Home. Hence, we had a very close relationship with Dick and Helen and their sons, Dan, Dennis and Joe. Perhaps more so than my younger brothers, my most fond memories of growing up are about my time in Fredericktown.  Dick and Helen were more than just my aunt and uncle. Quite frankly, they were more like another set of grandparents. In fact, I was much closer to them than either set of my grandparents.

My most vivid memories of Fredericktown  include countless hours playing basketball with Joe–there was a basketball hoop on the front of the barn behind the funeral home, listening to my Uncle Dick tell stories—–he had a real knack for telling a story and from time to time would not let the facts get in the way of a good story, playing pool with Dennis and Joe in their basement, watching Dennis and Joe play football for the Fredericktown Freddies football team (Joe was a tackle and wore #76 and Dennis was a quarterback and wore #24), going fishing with Joe, going camping with Dick and Helen’s family at Mohican and Pleasant Hill Lake, playing with their dog, “Duke,” an English Setter,  and generally spending time at Dick and Helen’s.   I can still remember the cars that Dennis and Joe had when I was growing up. Dennis had a red Mustang and Joe had a gold Plymouth Barracuda. Both cars would be worth a lot of money today.  Dan was a lot older than me and I do not have as many memories of doing things with him but I do remember how much fun it was to sneak into his bedroom and see his Marine Corps stuff.

Being the normal kid, my behavior was not always exemplary. Dick and Helen kept me in line by telling me that if I did not behave that I would be sent to the basement of the funeral home and have to see the “Columbus Man.”  I never actually had to go see the “Columbus Man” but I had no doubt that he lived in the basement and it was made very plain to me that he would deal very harshly with me if we had the occasion to meet. Years later, I learned that the origin of the “Columbus Man” legend had to do with the period of time when my grandfather, Ora Snyder, was living in Columbus during the week while going to embalming school—he would return to Johnsville on the weekends but my grandmother, Marion Snyder, would try to keep her three sons, Don, Dave and Dick, in line by telling them that if they did not behave that she would call the “Columbus Man.”

Those are just a few of the many great Fredericktown Memories that I have. Here are a few more photos.

Helen Snyder and boys

Helen Snyder and boys

From left to right, Joe, Dick, Helen and Dennis Snyder

From left to right, Joe, Dick, Helen and Dennis Snyder

Howard Fidler (neighbor) and Joe Snyder (Holding fish)

Howard Fidler (neighbor) and Joe Snyder (Holding fish)

Brad and Joe Snyder

Brad and Joe Snyder

Dennis and Joe Snyder

Dennis and Joe Snyder

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J. PAUL SNYDER RECOGNIZED

JPS             My Father, J. Paul Snyder, was recently recognized for his 60 years as a Mason. Here is a photo of Dad holding his 60 year membership award, which recognizes that he has “been a Master Mason and a member in good standing of the Masonic fraternity for sixty years.” He is also wearing the pin he was given to commemorate his 60 year anniversary of service.  Dad is a member of  Thrall Lodge, No. 0170, F. & A. M. in Fredericktown.  Dad was  Worshipful Master of the Fredericktown Lodge in 1961. (That same year he was also President of the Fredericktown Lions’ Club!) When he was installed as Worshipful Master, his father, Ora Snyder,  brothers, Bob, Dave and Dick, and brother-in-law, Larry Hoffman, participated in the installation service.

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MORE ON PERRY D. COVER

Evergreen Cemetery-resting place of Perry D. Cover

Evergreen Cemetery-resting place of Perry D. Cover

I found the following information about Perry Cover on the website of the Evergreen Memorial Park and Mausoleum:

“While not a colonist himself, Perry D. Cover came to Riverside in the footsteps of his brother, Thomas W. Cover, the man who approached Dr. James P. Greves and John W. North to see if they were interested in the parcel of land that would become Riverside.
Born in Richland County, Maryland, Perry Cover served during the Civil War in the Eighty-seventh Ohio volunteers, Company D, and was on duty at Harper’s ferry during Robert E. Lee’s entry into Maryland in 1862. He was one of the troops who surrendered after the battles and after the war came west to San Francisco and then to the mining districts of California and Nevada. He was with his brother Thomas, when Thomas staked one of the first five claims, striking gold at Alder Gulch (later called Virginia City), Montana.
Perry Cover was a merchant in Fort Scott, Kansas (1868) where he married Mary E. Fowler, and Chicago (1874). His wife’s poor health led him to come to southern California in the spring of 1874, buying 20 acres south of Jurupa Avenue and establishing himself as an orange grower. In 1877, his wife Mary died. She is also buried at Evergreen. In 1882, he married Mary’s sister, Julia, and sold half his land.
In 1884, his brother, Thomas, disappeared. Bitten again by the bug that causes gold fever, Thomas believed that he could find the legendary lost gold mine of Peg Leg Smith, rumored to be somewhere northwest of Yuma. He and his companion separated and when their wagon holding the water supply overturned, the friend walked on to Indio. Thomas Cover was never found, lost forever in the Borrego Valley.
In 1886, Perry sold the balance of his land, building a house at the corner of Orange Street and University Avenue. He joined forces with J.D. Sebrell to open a drugstore on Main Street under the name Sebrell and Cover, until Sebrell bought him out in 1889.
Cover’s business dealings were widespread. He was a director of the Eighth Street Improvement Company, builder of the Arlington Hotel, was a founder and President of the Mound Land & Water Company which purchase 500 acres and founded a town that became Loma Linda. He was part of the business interests that piped irrigation water down from Bear Valley and built a $30,000 hotel. He was a director of the Citizens National Trust & Savings Bank, the bank that took over the liabilities and assets of the Orange Growers after it failed as a result of embezzling by Tom Hays.”

Evergreen Cemtery

Evergreen Cemtery

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PERRY D. COVER

Perry D. CoverPerry Daniel Cover was the son of Daniel Cover and Lydia Stevenson. He was born in 1843. He was the brother of Mary Margaret Cover, who was the mother of Martha Ellen (Biddle) Snyder. Notably, he was the younger brother of Tom Cover, the subject of recent posts. Perry served in the Civil War. Specifically he was a Private  in the 87th Ohio Infantry, Company B. He was taken prisoner on September 15, 1862 when the federal garrison at Harpers Ferry surrendered to Stonewall Jackson’s troops—–this was the biggest surrender of Federal forces during the Civil War as 12,000 federal troops surrendered.

The “Cover-Biddle Family History” indicates that following the Civil War that he crossed the continent westward on horseback, following a mule wagon train and finally reached San Francisco. He then went to Bozeman, Montana, where he hooked up with brother, Tom Cover and engaged in mining. While in Montana, he became a friend of the famous pioneer scout, Jim Bridger. Being a wandering soul, he then made his way to a number of different stops including Fort Benton in Montana, Kansas City, Fort Scott in Kansas, Chicago, South Bend and then to Riverside, California, where he hooked up not only with brother Tom but also his brother Josiah.  He later moved to Long Beach and then to Los Angeles. The “Cover-Biddle Family History” indicates that he was a close friend of William McKinley, later U.S. President, before he left for the West. He died in 1924 and is buried in Evergreen Memorial Park and Mausoleum.

I found the following profile of Perry in “An Illustrated History of Southern California-San Bernadino Biographies”:

“Perry D. Cover is one of Riverside’s early settlers, and has been associated with her various industries for the past fifteen years. He is a native of Richland County, Ohio, dating his birth in 1843. His parents were Daniel Cover, a native of Frederick County, Maryland, and Lydia Cover, nee Stevenson. Mr. Cover was reared to agricultural pursuits on his father’s farm until 1862. He then volunteered in the service of his country and en listed as a private soldier in Company D, Eighty-seventh Ohio Volunteers. His regiment was sent East, and after some time in camp at Baltimore, was placed on duty at Harper’s Ferry. During Lee’s invasion of Maryland, in 1862, he was on duty at various forts on the Potomac River. At the surrender of the Union forces at Harper’s Ferry, his regiment was so unfortunate as to be included in the surrendered troops. He was then paroled, and in October 1862, his term of service having expired, was discharged the service. The next year he decided to seek the Pacific Coast, and he came overland with a drove of horses belonging to Samuel Crine. Upon his arrival in California he located in San Francisco, where he stopped for nearly a year. He then went to the mining districts of Nevada and Montana, and was for about four years engaged in mining and other enterprises. In Montana, he was with his brother, Thomas W. Cover, at Alder’s Gulch. He was one of the pioneers of Bozeman, and was engaged in building the first house ever erected at that place. In 1868 Mr. Cover settled at Fort Scott, Kansas, and for the next four years he was engaged in mercantile pursuits. In 1872 he established himself in Chicago, and was there engaged in the grocery business until 1874. At that time the health of his wife became so impaired that a complete change of climate was necessary, and he decided to make his home in Southern California, and in the spring of that year he came to Riverside. Upon his arrival here he purchased a twenty-acre tract of wild, uncultivated land on Jurupa Avenue, two miles south of Riverside and entered into horticultural pursuits. Mr. Cover was a successful horticulturist and built up the orange groves upon his land. In 1882 he sold ten acres of his tract, and in 1886 sold the balance and established his residence on the corner of Orange and Eighth streets. In 1885 he entered into the drug business on Main Street in partnership with J. D. Sebrell, under the name of Sebrell & Cover. He was in that business until April 1889, when Mr. Sebrell purchased his interest. He was also engaged in real-estate dealing and other enterprises. He was one of the incorporators and the president of the Eighth Street Improvement Company, and was at the head of that company during the time the magnificent Arlington Hotel, one of the company’s improvements, was erected. He was a member of the well known firm of Stewart, Chamberlain & Cover, and was an incorporator and president of the Mound City Land and Water Company. This company purchased 500 acres of land and founded Mound City, perfecting a fine irrigation system by piping water from Bear valley, built a $30,000 hotel, etc. Mr. Cover is quite largely interested in improving lands, planting orange groves, etc., at Mound City. He has a firm faith in the future wealth of the city of his creation. He is also the owner of valuable business property in Riverside, and never fails in his support of Riverside enterprises. His support of churches and schools is well known. He is a member of the Methodist Church, and was for many years a school trustee of the Arlington district. In politics he is a Republican, and has been called upon many times to serve as a delegate in county conventions. Of the fraternal societies, he is a member of Riverside Lodge, No. 282, I. O. O. F. Mr. Cover has been twice married: His first marriage was in 1869, when he wedded Miss Mary E. Fowler, a native of Indiana, the daughter of Colonel A. Fowler, a well-known citizen of that State, and a veteran of the Mexican and civil wars. She died in 1877. In 1882 he married Miss Julia E. Fowler, a sister of his deceased wife. Mr. Cover is the father of two children, viz.: Charles A. and Grace E.”

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IN SEARCH OF TOM COVER

Thomas W. Cover

Thomas W. Cover

I am giving some thought to the idea of taking a trip to Montana to tour the Virginia City area where our ancestor, Tom Cover, discovered gold at Alder Gulch. Here is an informative and interesting video about Virginia City from the Montana History Foundation. I found this video on the Virginia City Chamber of Commerce website. I will let you know if I decide to take the trip.

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DICK SNYDER’S SOUTH DAKOTA PHEASANT HUNTING TRIPS

Burdette Booze and Dick Snyder behind Fredericktown Funeral Home

Burdette Booze and Dick Snyder behind Fredericktown Funeral Home

Between approximately 1964 and 1969, Richard A. (Dick) Snyder went on several pheasant hunting trips to South Dakota with various other men, including Ken Shipley, Burdette Booze, Jim Shipley, Red Harris,Calvin Pence, Larry Lotz and possibly Ed Beveridge. Here are some photos from those trips that were made from color slides provided by Helen Snyder.

From left to right,  Dennis Snyder, Burdette Booze, Dick Snyder and Joe Snyder (partially hidden)

From left to right, Dennis Snyder, Burdette Booze, Dick Snyder and Joe Snyder (partially hidden)

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Dick Snyder's dog, Duke

Dick Snyder’s dog, Duke

Ken Shipley and Dick Snyder

Ken Shipley and Dick Snyder

Dick Snyder on left. Note 1960 Ford Station wagon used by funeral home for removals.

Dick Snyder on left. Note 1960 Ford Station wagon used by funeral home for removals.

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