Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
GEORGE L. SNYDER, who is now
residing at the corner of Fourth and Ralph streets, Spokane, is to be numbered
with the earliest pioneers of the Big Bend country. His labors in
that section have shown him to be a man of more than ordinary ability,
plenty of energy and aggressiveness, which is always, however, tempered
with a conservatism, and dominated with wisdom that have not only won the
brightest success in financial lines, but have also placed him as one of
the leading and most influential men of the entire Big Bend region.
His property holdings at this time are large and varied, and among them
we mention a section of choice wheat land in the Brents neighborhood, besides
a good residence in East Spokane, and other securities.
George L. Snyder is a westerner by birth and
his life has shown him the true westerner yet in the high ideal of that
term. His birth occurred in Trinity county, California, on December
20, 1856. His parents, Daniel and Lydia J. (Coman) Snyder, are natives
of Indiana and the father now dwells in Spokane. The mother died
in April, 1902, aged seventy years. The father came to California
in 1850 and there wrought until 1880. Then came a journey to the
Big Bend country and settlement was made near the present site of Creston.
From the common schools of California and later in the Humboldt Academy,
young Snyder received a good education, that fortified him for the issues
of life. With his father in 1880, he came to the Big Bend country
and took a preemption, which later was increased by a homestead and timber
culture claim. He gave attention to handling this estate and soon
bought much more land, having heavy holdings in various sections.
Mr. Snyder did excellent work in grain and stock raising and received as
a proper reward abundant prosperity and great increase of goods and holdings.
In later years he has sold most of his real estate, having but one section
of land left, which is five miles north from Creston. His home is
now in Spokane as stated above, and he has retired from the more active
lines of business, giving himself to the enjoyment of his fortune.
He still has oversight of his estate and investments and is a man of excellent
financial ability. At present, Mr. Snyder is not decided as
to the certain lines to which he will devote himself, but a man of his
progressiveness and energy will surely prosecute some enterprise that will
be useful to both himself and his fellow men.
In 1885, Mr. Snyder married Miss Rose E. Jump,
the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Jump, of Creston, and to them has been
born one son, Ernest B., January 18, 1886, who is dwelling in Spokane.
Mr. and Mrs. Snyder are of first class standing in society and are constantly
devoting time and energy to forward those measures which are for the general