Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USAAdd to Map
Parents Jacob Snyder & Lavina Carpenter
Although well past the allotted span, the people of this community experienced a feeling of sadness on Monday morning when it became known that B. M. Synder, the last survivor of the G. A. R in Adams County, had answered taps. Birney Moses Snyder was born March 13, 1845 in Bruce Michigan and died May 8, 1933 at Ritzville, in the 89th year of his age. When 18 years of age he enlisted in the Tenth Michigan Infantry and served during the remainder of the Civil War. He was married twice, the first time in 1870 to Alice Fischer, who passed away in 1886. A daughter was born into this union and lived only six months. On May 5, 1889, he was married to Hattie L. Messenger in Leonard, Michigan. The next year they moved to Washington and settled on a homestead near Lind. In 1905 he moved his family to a ranch near Ralston where he farmed until 1912. He remained at Ralston as postmaster until 1922, when he retired and moved to Ritzville, to live the last chapter of a long and well-spent life. Mr. Snyder was fairly active up to a year ago and had been bedfast only for three weeks. He leaves to mourn his wife, Hattie; a son, Benton H. of Washtucna; Mrs. Mable Halsey, Spirit Lake Idaho; Mrs. Lina Buhl, Ritzville; a sister, Mrs. Sarah Fifield, Greenacres; 20 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service were held this afternoon at the Methodist church assisted by the Relief corps. Burial was made at the local cemetery where the American Legion took charge, performing the last rites, with full military honors.
Ritzville Journal Times May 11, 1933, Courtesy of Sue Gardner and gapwork90