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Ira Milton Snouffer

Ira Milton Snouffer

Male 1884 - 1946  (62 years)

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  • Name Ira Milton Snouffer  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 3 Feb 1884  Altoona, Blair Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Military Service U.S. Army - WW I - Infantry Captain 
    Occupation Professional - Lawyer 
    Occupation Transportation - Railroad worker 
    Died 29 Dec 1946  Ft. Wayne, Allen Cnty, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Buried Greenlawn Memorial Park, Ft. Wayne, Allen Cnty, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6
    Person ID I11109  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 28 Aug 2013 

    Father William Lyon Snouffer,   b. 12 Dec 1853, Juniata Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1924, Lewiston, Mifflin Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Emma Elizabeth Rodgers,   b. 5 Nov 1861, Reedsville, Mifflin Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1945, Ft. Wayne, Allen Cnty, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 28 Sep 1878  Grazierville, Blair Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9, 10
    Family ID F4037  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Regina Virginia Durbin,   b. 1 Jun 1884, Frostburg, Allegany Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1952, Ft. Wayne, Allen Cnty, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 20 Feb 1904  Altoona, Blair Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
    +1. Ira Durbin Snouffer,   b. 7 Aug 1904, Altoona, Blair Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1952, Ft. Wayne, Allen Cnty, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    +2. Eugene Harold Snouffer,   b. 14 Jan 1906, Altoona, Blair Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1967, Ft. Wayne, Allen Cnty, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +3. Mary Virginia Snouffer,   b. 4 Nov 1907, Altoona, Blair Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1979, Ft. Wayne, Allen Cnty, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 28 Aug 2013 
    Family ID F4058  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lois Hall Snouffer has written, in From Schnaufer to Snouffer (Lois H. Snouffer & Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN 46802: 2013), p. 15:
      "Born February 3, 1884, in Altoona, Pennsylvania [Ira] was the third child of William and Emma Snouffer. After his older brother Harry and his older sister Ida died, he became the oldest of ten children. He spent his first fourteen years living in the city of Altoona. His father was a carpenter, homebuilder and then a grocery store owner. Around 1898/99 his family moved to a farm near Bellwood, Pennsylvania. [Ira] spent a short time as a farm laborer, but evidently farming wasn't for him. He soon went to work for the Pennsylvania railroad as a fireman on a locomotive, and while living in Altoona he met and married Regina Virginia Durbin on February 20, 1904, in St. John's Rectory in Altoona.***
      "Ira and Virginia had three children, Ira Durbin, Eugene Harold and Mary Virginia. In the spring of 1910 they were living on 15th Street in Altoona, and he was still working for the Pennsylvania Railroad."
    • The 1910 census records Ira Snouffer, 26, living with his wife Virginia, 25, the mother of 3 living children, who were: "Ira E," 5; Eugene, 4; and "Mary," 2. All had been born in PA. Ira was a "Locomotive" fireman. 1930 U.S. Census, 3d Ward, Altoona, Blair Cnty, PA (T 624, Roll 1316, stamped p. 133 B).
    • Lois Hall Snouffer continued her narrative (pp. 15-16):
      "Even though Altoona seemed like a thriving place in 1910, Ira was ready to leave the 'company' town and seek his fortune elsewhere. So he and his family, and his younger brother Earl, moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ira and Earl both immediately went to work for the Penn Co. (Pennsylvania Railroad in Fort Wayne). However, not long after arriving in Fort Wayne, Ira began 'reading law' in the office of E.V. Harris. He was admitted to the practice of law in Fort Wayne in 1914 and later was admitted to the Practice before the Supreme Court of Indiana and the Federal District Court and the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Ira continued to work for the Pennsylvania Railroad and practice law until around 1916 when he formed a law partnership with Justin R. Sherrod.***
      Early in 1917 Ira volunteered his services to his country and served in the 353rd Infantry first as a 1st Lieut. and then as a Captain. He served in the final phase of the Meuse-Argonne offensive. When he returned from service he and Justin Robert Sherrod resumed their law practice. Later he practiced law with John W. Eggeman. In1926 he formed a partnership with John P. Murphy and remained as senior member of that firm until his appointment by Gov. McNutt as Chairman of the Industrial Board of Indiana. He served on the Industrial Board for seven years when he resigned to join his son Ira D. Snouffer in the practice of law. He became well known in the state for his work on the Industrial Board. The Indiana Industrial board was in charge of Workman's Compensation. *** "
    • Obituary, News-Sentinal [Ft. Wayne, IN] (30 Dec 1946):
      "Mr. Ira M. Snouffer, 62, Fort Wayne attorney, died at 3 p.m. at his home ... after a heart attack.
      "Funeral services will be held Thursday.... Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery. He was a practicing attorney in Fort Wayne for 30 years coming here 35 years ago to read law in the office of the late Judge Harris. He was admitted to the Allen County Bar in 1914.
      "Mr. Snouffer was a native of Altoona, PA. In World War I he served as an infantry Captain in the Meuse Argonne and the Vosges Mountains. He returned here to practice law with the late Judge Eggeman, later becoming associated with John P. Murphy and in recent years with his son Ira D. Snouffer in the Fort Wayne Bank Bldg. Mr. Snouffer was active in Demoract [sic] politics. He was appointed in 1933 by Gov. Paul V. McNutt to head the Indiana Industrial Council. He served six years in the position. He was a member of the Indiana Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He also was a member of Post 47 American Legion, Home Lodge No. 342 F & A.M., and was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.
      "Surviving are his widow Virginia, three children, Ira D., Eugene H. and Mrs. Virginia Hilker, Fort Wayne...."

  • Sources 
    1. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (William L Snouffer: 30 Oct 1924).

    2. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Emma E Rodgers; 1 Oct 1945).

    3. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Ira M Snouffer; 30 Dec 1946).

    4. [S902] PA Snouffers - "Jonathon"|, Anonymous, "Descendants of Jonathon Snouffer/Schnaufer", (Anonymous Pennsylvania or Indiana author and computer report publisher (5 Sep 2000)), pp. 4, 6.

    5. [S903] Lois S|, Lois Hall Snouffer, From Schnaufer to Snouffer, (Lois H. Snouffer & Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN 46802), 929.2 SN59SL (2013)., pp. 15, 86.

    6. [S903] Lois S|, Lois Hall Snouffer, From Schnaufer to Snouffer, (Lois H. Snouffer & Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN 46802), 929.2 SN59SL (2013)., p. 84.

    7. [S902] PA Snouffers - "Jonathon"|, Anonymous, "Descendants of Jonathon Snouffer/Schnaufer", (Anonymous Pennsylvania or Indiana author and computer report publisher (5 Sep 2000)), p. 2.

    8. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (William L Snouffer (30 Oct 1924).

    9. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 31325497 .

    10. [S903] Lois S|, Lois Hall Snouffer, From Schnaufer to Snouffer, (Lois H. Snouffer & Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN 46802), 929.2 SN59SL (2013)., p. 84.