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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PHOTOS FROM TRENT SNYDER

Snyder Christmas Ora and Marion 016 (2)I apologize for my prolonged absence from this blog. I have had a fairly hectic and stressful year and things just got a lot more hectic over the last six weeks. As they say, better days are coming. I hope to resume a more frequent posting schedule in the near future. Here are some great photos that Trent Snyder forwarded to me today. Thank you Trent for sharing these photos.
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Snyders at Hemlock Falls

Snyders at Hemlock Falls

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BELLVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OPENS FUNERAL EXHIBIT

From left to right, Hannah Snyder, J. Paul Snyder and J. Todd Snyder (Photo by Candace Harrell of Richland Source)

From left to right, Hannah Snyder, J. Paul Snyder and J. Todd Snyder (Photo by Candace Harrell of Richland Source)

A recent article by Candace Harrell in the Richland Source was entitled “Bellville Museum debuts New Funeral Exhibit In time for Bellville Fair.” Our own Rhonda (Shinabarker) Bletner, Editor of the Richland Source, has graciously given me permission to use the article and accompanying photos on this blog. By the way, the Richland Source website is very well done and quite informative–kudos to Rhonda. Here is the article:

” Area residents are invited to explore the history of the funeral industry with the Bellville-Jefferson Township Historical Society Museum’s new exhibit featuring Snyder Funeral Home, just in time for the upcoming Bellville Street Fair.

Ruth Shinabarker, curator of the museum, was inspired to do the exhibit after finding two Snyder Funeral Home signs in the museum’s basement.

Shinabarker contacted Todd Snyder of Snyder Funeral Home for additional pieces. Snyder listed the many pieces he could add. “I think I quickly overwhelmed her,” he said. “We have a lot more stuff than we have room.” As a result, the displays will rotate regularly to give the public a chance to view more of the pieces in the Snyder historical collection.

“These are all original pieces of my family’s history,” added Snyder. The Snyder family now boasts four generations of licensed embalmers and funeral directors.

Many of the display pieces are from a time before funeral homes, when services were conducted in the home of the deceased. “Funeral homes grew out of the necessity of bigger locations for funerals,” noted Snyder.

One item on display is a “cooling board” used by Snyder’s own grandfather. The board is a folding, portable rattan piece on which a body could be posed. Underneath, large blocks of ice, or pans of ice, would keep the body cool, while a mesh tent draped above would help hold in the cool air. “Not many cooling boards have survived because the rattan is so brittle,” added Snyder. “This piece dates back to the 1920s and was actually used in this community nearly 100 years ago.”

The backdrop of the exhibit is a crushed velvet curtain, complete with frame, which folds into a traveling case. “The funeral director could basically set up a parlor in any space in the family home,” said Snyder.

Paul Snyder, Todd Snyder’s father, explained the gravity fed embalming instrument on display, “The higher you raised the bottle, the greater was your gravity flow.” He noted that embalming was first instituted during the Civil War, in order to preserve bodies for shipping.

The next step in embalming was an electric embalming machine. The one on display is still in working condition, though it is of course no longer used. Paul Snyder recalled his father using that same machine, “We lived on the second and third floor, with the funeral home on the first floor. My bedroom was on the third floor, and I could hear this thing running in the middle of the night when dad had a call and he was embalming the body.”

Other items in the display range from antique embalming fluid bottles, tools and implements, and even a wicker casket. Wicker caskets, Todd Snyder noted, were used before the invention of body bags to remove a body with dignity from the scene of an accident.

Photos of the family and promotional pieces are also displayed, including a printed fan. “This was a promotional piece my grandfather had printed up and made,” said Todd Snyder of the fan, “Long before air conditioning, he would give these to churches as an expression of goodwill.”

Ladies would use the fans as well as advertise “for that nice young funeral director,” said Todd Snyder. An interesting note is the phone number listed on the fan: 40. Todd Snyder estimates the fan is from a time shortly after 1926.

The museum also boasts a room dedicated to Bellville High School, a military room, a living room display featuring portraits of Bellville residents, a bedroom display complete with a monkey fur coat and a chamber commode chair, and many other interesting artifacts.

The museum is located at 167 Main St. in Bellville and will be open each day during the Bellville Street Fair, Sept. 10 – 13. The museum also hosts an open house on the third Sunday of each month from April through October.”
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Here are some additional photos that appeared in the article:

Hannah and Todd Snyder (Photo by Candace Harrell)

Hannah and Todd Snyder (Photo by Candace Harrell)

Ora Snyder's Cooling Board (Photo by Candace Harrell)

Ora Snyder’s Cooling Board (Photo by Candace Harrell)

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THOMAS WELLS COVER

Thomas W. Cover

Thomas W. Cover

Here is a real neat photo of Thomas Wells Cover, who I recently profiled in another post. I do not know when or where this photo was taken but it appears that he is wearing a very nice suit, fitting for such a successful man. His biography contains a few photos of him but not this one or any this nice.

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