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Cora Etta (Snuff) Anderson

Cora Etta Snuff Anderson
, the daughter of William and Catherine Snuff, was born Oct. 13, 1861 near Red Lion.
On March 18, 1866, she was united in marriage with Jacob A. Anderson. To this union was born two sons, Roy and Arthur.
She resided in this neighborhood all her life with the exception of nineteen years spent in the vicinity of Middletown.
She departed this life Dec. 22, 1927, at the age of 66 years 2 months and 9 days. She is survived by her husband, two sons, three granddaughters, one sister and a host of friends.

Source: The Franklin Chronicle 29 Dec 1927 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]
Contributor: Arne H Trelvik

Mary (Snuff) Anderson


Mrs. Mary Anderson whose earthly life ended at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Zack Fletcher on Saturday morning, Oct. 10, 1903, was born near Red Lion, Warren Co. O., August 22, 1821. At her death she was in her 83rd year of age.

Her maiden name was Mary Snuff whose parents were Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Snuff, which name was known in the early history of the County as Snorf. Her parents were among the early residents of Warren county, they and she being members the congregation worshiping in those early times in what was known as the West Field Christain [sic] church in the grove just north of. Red Lion.

She was first married to Benjamin Banta and to the union were born two children both sons who still live, and are residents of Muncie, Ind.

By subsequent marriages she bore the names of Schwartz and Anderson. For a short time she lived In Preble county, but most of her life was spent in the county of her nativity, the last seven years in the town of Franklin.

She lived a quiet, unobtrusive life and was much respected by those who were best acquainted with her. She belonged to one of the old time families of Warren County where strong physical endurance and good mental endowment were much marked.

A large company of relatives and friends attended the funeral services in her memory at her recent home on Front street, Oct. 12, at 2 o'clock, Dr. Clayton officiating. Her body was laid to rest in Woodhill cemetery.

Source: The Franklin Chronicle October 15, 1903
Contributor: Arne H Trelvik on behalf of the Warren County Genealogical Society

Anna (Schnorf) Denn

Mrs. Wm. Denn, one of the older and most highly respected citizens of Berrien township, died Monday morning at her home near Eau Claire. Rev. M. H. Gardner, officiated yesterday afternoon at the funeral held in the United Brethren church at Eau Claire. Two sisters of the deceased, Mrs. Eri Gorham and Mrs. F. J. Hadlock, are residents of this village.

Source: Berrien Springs Era 12/3/1908 pg 5
Contributor: John Walker on 14 March 2006 who writes,
"Anna Schnorf born 1/21/1837 in Darke Co., Ohio, daughter of Peter and Sarah Concannon Schnorf, married William Denn Aug.14, 1862 Berrien Co., Ohio.Died 11/30/1908. children: John Charles, Nancy Jane, Maggie Regina, Ralph, Mary Elizabeth"

Elizabeth K Schnorf (Taylor-Fikes)
[also see photo]

Mrs. Eliza K. Fikes died Sunday at the Kalamazoo asylum where she had been taken but a few days before.Mrs. Fikes was an old resident of Berrien Springs and leaves many friends and relatives here.She was a sister of Mrs. Mary Hadlock.Funeral services was held at Morris chapel on Tuesday.

Source: unnamed, undated newspaper
Contributor: John Cameron Walker on 26 February 2008 who writes,
"Born June 28,1840 in Ohio,daughter of Peter and Sarah Concannon Schnorf,married James M. Taylor abt 1860 in Niles.Children:Arvil David Taylor,Rosa Taylor Mathews.Married Jacob Fikes on Feb.3,1878 .She died April 18,1920 in Kalamazoo"

Francis J. Hadlock

In this city, Oct. 9 of congestion of the lungs, Francis J. hadlock, aged about 52 years. Mr. Hadlock was well known to most of our citizens, he having resided in this vicinity 23 years or more. He was a man of industrious habits and possessed push and energy sufficient for two ordinary men, but although always at work he yet found time to take a lively interest in all the current public questions of the day, and he was ready to the extent of his ability to lend a helping hand to any and every effort put forth to reform the morals of the community. He was a positive character, and could be neutral on no question in which he became interested, but while others might and probably did undervalue his enthusiasm and object at times to his methods, all, we think, gave him credit for being wholly conscientious. He had no children, but if there was an orpahn [sic] homeless, a mother in distress, or children in want, they found the hands and the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hadlock wide open for their relief. His benevolence sometimes outran prudence, but once when cautioned by a friend not to let his heart run away with his judgment he replied "If I pay my debts and my wife finds no fault, as she does not, no one should complain." He united with the Presbyterian church several years ago, and has ever since been a constant attendant and ready helper. His wife, now left all alone, has the sympathy of our entire community. His funeral was largely attended at the Presbyterian church on Wednesday last and his body was taken to the cemetery near Morris Chapel.

Source: The Niles Democrat, 14 Oct 1882
Contributor: John Walker on 21 Feb 2006 who writes,
"Joseph was born in New York,but I don't know for sure where he and Mary Schnorf were married. Francis Hadlock was a civil war vet"

Nancy (Snuff) Long

LONG - Mrs. Nancy J. Long, widow of Wilbur F. Long, formerly of this city, passed away Friday at the home of her son, M. F. Long in Proctor, Minn. The body will arrive in Grand Rapids Sunday night and be taken to the Kilstrom funeral home. Funeral Announcement later.

Source: Unidentified 1943 newspaper
Contributor: John Walker on 24 October 2005 who writes,
"Daughter of George and Catharine Cook Snuff, born Dec.7,1849 in Franklin,Warren Co.,Ohio, married Wilber F. Long July 1,1869 in Niles, Berrien Co.,MI, lived in Grand Rapids, MI and died in Proctor, MN April 25, 1943, buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Grand Rapids next to Wilber.
Children: Clinton A. (1870) died as infant, and Marshal Long (1875)"

Martha (Schnorf) McClung

Mrs.Mell,a sister of Mrs.[Martha] McClung, who died so suddenly on Saturday evening last, also died on Wednesday last, after a brief illness of inflammation of the bowels. There is but one of that family, Mr.Isaac Schnorf, and he is not expected to live any length of time.

Source: The Niles Democrat, 15 July 1882
Contributor: John Walker on 8 March 2006

David Mell


A Noted Character on Our Streets has Passed Away.

David Mell, for 30 years a resident of Niles and vicinity, died this morning of paralysis, at the home of his son, M. Z. Mell, residing on the Bacon farm in South Niles.  Deceased was aged 71 years. 

Mr. Mell was a noted character and one of the most familiar sights not only on the streets of Niles, but in neighboring towns.  He was a successful farmer 25 years ago, but became crippled by rheumatism and in consequence acquired an unfortunate habit which clung to him through life, exciting the pity of all, and although through disease and the use of narcotics he had become an unsightly object, yet perhaps deserved more pity than censure.

Funeral will occur at 12:30, p.m. tomorrow from his son's residence and L. Grosenbaugh will conduct the services.  Interment will take place at Morris chapel cemetery.

Source: [Niles MI] Star 31 Mar 1888
Contributor: John Cameron Walker on 22 February 2008 who writes,
"Name: David Mell
Birth: 31 Dec 1822 Ohio
Death: 31 Mar 1894 Niles Berrien Co., MI
Burial: Morris Chapel Cemetery Berrien Twp, MI
Occupation: Shoemaker/farmer,grave marker at Morris Chapel cemetery is wrong,the stone has his info as (1821-1892)
Marriage: 17 Mar 1842 Ohio
Spouse: Keziah Schnorf
Birth: 14 Jun 1824 Warren Co, Ohio
Death: 19 Jul 1882 Niles Berrien Co., MI
Burial: Morris Chapel Cemetery Berrien Twp, MI
Occupation: Quilt maker
Father: John (C.?) Schnorf (1777-1863)
Mother: Elizabeth Winterrowd (1779-1843)"

David Mell, an old well known and peculiar resident of this city, died at the home of his son, M. D. Mell,(sic M.Z. Mell) last Saturday morning. He came to this city some thirty years ago, and about twelve years since he contracted rheumatism and during all that time his body was drawn out of its natural shape, presenting a most pitiable appearance, and it has been a mystery that he survived his afflictions as long as he did.

Source: unnamed and undated newspaper
Contributor: John Cameron Walker on 22 February 2008

David Lafayette Mells

David Lafette Mells Was Fatally Injured While Cutting Hay

Further particulars concerning the runaway accident, in which David Lafayette Mells, farmer of the Roydale district, lost his life on Saturday morning last, have been received by Inspector Piper of the A.P.P. in the form of an official report.

Indications point to the fact that Mells had arrived at the hay meadow on his farm, and had just finished hitching the young team to the mower, when the horses took fright and ran away, dragging Mells in front of the mower for a distance of about a hundred yards, crushing his chest and killing hime. The unfortunate man apparently had not even lowered the mower knife for the first cut when the tragedy occurred.

The man's mutilated body was found by a boy named Gustave Dumbrusky who is living at the Mells home. The boy had been sent out to the meadow to call Mr. Mells to dinner. Failing to find hem there, he returned to the house, believing the man had gone to another field further across the farm. Shortly afterwards, he again was sent to try and locate Mr. Mells, and came across the body, lying in the middle of the hay meadow.

While the doctor and an A.P.P. constable, having been notified, were journeying to the scene of the accidnt, the Dumbrusky lad located the team and mower about half a mile away. The mower was badly smashed, and the team still nervous from the runaway. No inquest will be held.

Source: The Edmonton Journal 15 Aug 1923
Contributor: John Walker on 19 December 2007 who writes,
"David Lafayette Mell(s) was born in Warren county Ohio (born 1859),Mary Victoria Rowe,his 3rd wife,may be from St. Thomas,Ontario,Canada(born 1867)"

Keziah (Schnorf) Mell

Mrs.Mell,a sister of Mrs.[Martha] McClung, who died so suddenly on Saturday evening last, also died on Wednesday last, after a brief illness of inflammation of the bowels. There is but one of that family, Mr.Isaac Schnorf, and he is not expected to live any length of time.

Source: The Niles Democrat, 15 July 1882
Contributor: John Walker on 8 March 2006 who writes,
"Daughter of John and Elizabeth Winterrowd Schnorf, born June 14,1824 in Warren co.,Ohio. Married David Mell March 17,1842 in Ohio (Darke Co.,?), 1860 census has them in Montgomery county, Mell family came to Niles in 1862, she died July 19, 1882 in Niles, Michigan."

Mary Mell

Funeral Services Mrs. Mery Mell

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Mell of Cayley were held from Kelly Funeral Home on March 8, Rev. J. W. Cook officiated with Mrs. Buchanan as organist and many friends were present. The remains were then shipped to Sandudo, Alberta, where interment was made in the family plot. A nephew, Mr. George Duncan of Edmonton, came to High River, assisting in arrangements.

Mrs. Mell who was 74 years of age, had lived in Cayley district for some years, and wes held in very high regard. Her death occurred on March 7.

Source: The High River Times 14 Mar 1940
Contributor: John Walker on 19 December 2007
Florette writes on 2 Feb 2008
"Mary Victoria Rowe was the 3rd wife of D. Lafayette Mell(s) Married. 27 Oct.1894 Ontario, Canada"
Marriage document from
(Family History microfilm # MS932_85 - Canadian Marriages 1857-1924)
Canadian Record: St. Thomas, Elgin, Ontario
Lafayette's 3rd Marriage
Groom: D. La Fayette Mills (Lafayette Mells)
Age 34, from Ohio, USA
Occupation: Inspector
Parents: David and Raziah (Keziah)
Bride: Mary Victoria Rowe
Age: 26, from St. Thomas
Parents: John and Eliza Rowe
Witness: Annamaria and John Rowe
Date: Oct. 27, 1894
St. Thomas, Ontario
Religion: Methodist
Officiated by: R.W.Millyard

Morrison Zachariah Mell

Livery and Transfer Man Has Been Ill for Some Weeks With Paralysis.

M. Z. Mell, 202 Barrett street, died at 1 o'clock this afternoon, the result of illness caused by three strokes of paralysis, the first one occurring some time ago, the second on Sunday June 8 and the last on last Friday evening.
Since the second stroke he had been in very poor health, but had been doctoring with Dr. Fleener, a specialist of South Bend, and it was thought he was holding his own. Late this afternoon he seemed much better and the members of the family felt encouraged. He was conscious until the last minute, the wife and daughter, Alice, and son, Alfred, being at his deathbed.
Mr. Mell was born in Dark county, Ohio, May 18, 1861, coming with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Mell, when but one year old, and they located north of Niles. The family is well known in that vicinity and in Niles having many friends. On Aug. 10, 1883, he was united in marriage to Miss Alice Evans of Wabash, Ind., the ceremony taking place at Three Oaks.
For five years he has been engaged in the livery and transfer business in this city, having worked up a lucrative trade by his honest dealings and good methods. He commanded the respect of all with whom he transacted business.
The deceased is survived by the widow, six children, Mrs. Walter Ostrander and Ray Mell of South Bend; Mrs. Hartman Bachman, Alice I., Alfred, Bernard and Carroll, and adopted son, all of Niles; also five sisters, Mrs. Frank Morros, Mrs. Frank Kritzer, Mrs. Lafayette Frye and Mrs. Byron Loane of Niles, and Mrs. Edward Granger of South Bend, and one brother, Lafayette Mell of Alberta, Canada.
Funeral announcements will be given later..

Source: [Niles MI] Star July 7, 1913
Contributor: John Cameron Walker on 22 February 2008 who adds that his parents were David and Keziah (Schnorf) Mell. 
Transcription updated 28 Sep 2008

David Schnorf Remembrance

Asleep in Jesus blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep

In Loving Remembrance of
David Schnorf,
died August 23, 1888.
Aged 58 years 5 months and 9 days

A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
God in his wisdom had recalled,
The boon His love had given,
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in Heaven.

Contributor: John Walker on 24 March 2006 who writes,
"Son of Peter and Martha "Mary" Cartwright Schnorf
David b. March 14,1830 in Warren Co.,OH
died August 23,1888 in Niles Twp.,Berrien Co.,MI
married Ann Elizabeth Stubbs on Sept.5,1853 in Darke Co.,OH
Children:Syvilla Jane (Davis),Chauncy E. (child),Musetta "Musa"(Davis)"
- also see David Schnorf Bible


Mrs. Anna (Marshall) Snuff.

Mrs. Anna Snuff, aged 91, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sallie Engleman, at Miamisburg, at 10 o'clock, Monday night, following a three weeks illness. Mrs. Snuff spent many years of her life in Franklin, where she was well known to the older residents, many of whom held her in the highest esteem. For the past two years she had made her home with the sister at Miamisburg. The funeral service will be held from the Franklin Methodist church at 3 o'clock this afternoon, conducted by Dr. R. B. Wilson. Interment will be made in Woodhill Cemetery.

Source: The Franklin Chronicle, 5 Nov 1925 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]
: Arne H Trelvik on 9 April 2006 for John Walker who writes,
"Anna (Marshasll) Snuff was the wife of Finley Snuff"

Catharine (Cook) Snuff

Mrs. Catharine Cook Snuff

Mrs. Catharine Snuff, a highly esteemed pioneer resident of this section for about 50 years, died Sunday afternoon at her home four miles north of Niles after being confined to her bed for five weeks. Her age was 90 years, 5 months,and 8 days. She was born in New Jersey.
Mrs. Snuff was the widow of George Snuff, who died about 25 years ago. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. M. J. Long of Grand Rapids and by two sons, E. L. Snuff and J .W. Snuff of Niles.One brother John Cook of Springburrow, O., and by one sister, Mrs.Ann Bradstreet of Durand,Mich.

The funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the late residence.
Friends are requested to omit flowers.

Source: Niles, MI: Niles Daily Star 10 Nov 1918
Contributor: John Walker on 31 July 2005 who writes,
"Catharine, born 6/2/1828 near Trenton, NJ moved to Franklin, Warren Co., Ohio with her parents (Anthony and Nancy Cook) when just a small child (abt1830), and moved to Niles, Michigan with her husband and other Schnorf/Snuff families abt 1864."


Was born near Red Lion, May 25, 1826, died, after a long illness, at the home of W. S. Unglesby on North Main street, on February 18th, 1913, aged 87 years, 8 months, 24 days. Mr. Snuff was well known in Franklin, having lived in this city more than forty years and all who knew him, respected him as a man. For the last thirteen years he has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Unglesby, who were related by marriage and who, with tenerest care, and christian fortitude ministered to his wnats and infirmities. Funeral services were held last Thursday afternoon, interment in Woodhill.

Source: Franklin Chronicle 20 February 1913
Contributor: Arne H Trelvik on behalf of the Warren County Genealogical Society

Catherine (Feerer) Snuff


Catherine (Feerer) Snuff, the subject of this obituary was born December 10 1826, in Warren county, Ohio, and was united in marriage to William A. Snuff, August 11, 1853. They spent their lives near Red Lion, living happily together until December 10, 1885, when her companion was summoned by his Heavenly Father to join the throng of departed friends.

They both were faithful members of the Methodist church at Red Lion during their married life, and she continued to esteem and appreciate her membership until the Muster called her, early on the morning of the 27th day of October 1903, to go hence to meet her companion in the New Jerusalem.

After but a few days of pain and suffering she was released by the relentless hand of Death from all the toils of life, and when nearing the River of Death said to one of her daughters, "I am going to die," and was no more. She leaves four children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren to mourn her departure. Yet their sorrow is not that of those who have no hope, for their mother was a godly woman, having lived a life of usefulness, being a kind and generous neighbor, a good and faithful wife and a loving and tender mother.

Her trust was in God. She will be missed by neighbors, friends and relatives, but most by those of her immediate household, with whom she labored and whom she served. They have the thought to comfort them that the mother, though gone from them for a little time, left by the example of her life a sure hope of reunion in the future.

Source: The Western Star 5 November 1903 [copy obtained from microfilm available at the Warren County Genealogical Society]
Contributor: Arne H Trelvik on 31 July 2005
Comments: John Walker on 29 July 2005 writes,
"William Snuff is the son of Isaac and Sarah Jane Rigg Schnorf. Catherine Feerer was first married to Zelomer Coffeen, one son William Edward, then she married William A. Snuff on 7/13/1853, children: Olive Isabella Moyers (1854-1940), Maria Jane (1856-1882), Emma Alice (1858-1922), Cora Etta Anderson (1861-1927).

Edgar Landis Snuff

Edgar Landis Snuff, aged 76, a well known and universally respected citizen of Niles township died at his home Friday evening after a brief illness.

The deceased was born in Franklin, Ohio, May 1,1851,and came with his parents, George and Catharine Snuff to Michigan in 1864 locating in Niles township where he has since resided. On January 18,1875 he was married to Miss Sarah A. Foster, daughter of the late George and Margaret Johnson Foster of Niles. To this union three children were born, the eldest dying in infancy. He is survived by a widow, one son, Clyde, of Fargo, North Dakota; one daughter Edith Mae, Mrs. David Walker, who resides near the old Snuff homestead; one sister, Mrs. Nancy Jane Long of Grand Rapids, and four grandchildren and one great grandchild. The writer has known the deceased for 45 years and have been intimate and close friends during the years of his residence here.

As an Odd Fellow, he carried out the principles and teachings of the "Good Samaritan" in his daily life. He was a valued and useful member of the M.E. church and a member of the board of trustees of Morris Chapel. He was sent as a delegate to the recent Sunday School Convention held at Berrien Springs as a representative from Morris Chapel Sunday School. The next day after the convention, and how greatly he enjoyed listening to the instructive and entertaining lectures, naming the different speakers and their respective topics. Then he handed the writer a written record with illustrations of a vision which read like a sacred dream. The caption was, “God moves in mysterious way his wonders to perform, “and he remarked that ever since he had had this vision he had wondered if it came supernatural, for his enlightenment in the Christian life. Then he said with great earnestness that one of the speakers spoke at the convention on visions and imagination.

He said that the speaker seemed to be addressing his remarks directly to him. And he was convinced that the vision was supernatural to help him to a higher and better life.

Then he spoke of his departed mother as he stood by her bedside, and promised to meet her in Heaven just as she passed away. And then added this promise I have been trying to keep. Mr. Snuff was a man of true Christian character. In politics he was a Democrat of the true William Jennings Bryan Type, true to his country and loyal to his church, and devout worshiper of his Creator.

On last Monday a large concourse of friends and neighbors met at his late residence to pay their last tribute to a dear friend and neighbor, whom they had known long and well. Rev. Larson of Pokagon pronounced the eulogy of his splendid life and added words of consolation to the bereaved friends. Messrs F.C. Franz., F.E. Ullery, Eldon Ullrey, Charles B. Stafford, quartet sang and Mrs. Jennie Ullrey presided at the organ.

Pall bearers were nephews of the deceased, George and John Winn, Fred and Ray Foster, Alton Snuff and Olin Steinbauer. Interment in the family lot at Silverbrook cemetery, Niles.

And as we said good bye in our deepest sorrow the answer seemed to be wafted back by Heaven's Zephyros from beyond the vale, "Though we die, we shall live again."
C.B. Groat

Source: Unidentified 1927 Berrien County, Michigan Newspaper
Contributor: John Walker on 17 Aug 2005

Eliza Snorf

Mrs. Eliza Snorf of Fairland died at the home of her son-in-law, David Ullrey, Sunday morning, Oct. 3, and was buried Monday afternoon from Morris Chapel. She was 84 years old and had lived in that vicinity since 1845. She was the widow of Isaac Snorf who died fifteen years ago. Four children - three daughters and a son - survive her. She had been a member of the M. E. church since she was thirteen years old.

Source: Berrien Springs Era 10-16-1897
Contributor: John Walker on 23 June 2006 who writes,
"wife of Isaac Schnorf"

Elizabeth Schnorf Caldwell

Mrs. Elizabeth Caldwell, wife of James C. Caldwell, died at the home of Mrs. A. E. Stephens in St. Joseph yesterday aged 69. She leaves a husband, a son, Elliott C. Caldwell, and a daughter, Mrs. H. E. Pinnell. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon.

Source: Niles [Michigan] Daily Sun 27 Jul 1911 page 4
Contributor: John Walker on 9 Jun 2006 who writes,
"born 1843 near Dayton,Ohio
died 7/26/1911 in St. Joseph,Berrien Co.,Michigan

wife of James C. Caldwell
daughter of Jacob and Mahala Brandon Schnorf
grandaughter of John and Elizabeth Winterrowd Schnorf
g grandaughter of Pvt. Jacob and Mary Kinder Schnorf

Elliot H. and Imogene (Pinnell)
photo on the Warren Co website

John Walker also sent this piece on 23 June 2006 about Elizabeth's son,
"ELLIOTT H. CALDWELL, postmaster and general merchant at Hinchman, and also well known as a raiser of Shetland ponies, was born in Niles township near the city of Niles, November 20, 1870. His paternal grandfather, Hugh Caldwell, on coming to Michigan located with his family near Breedsville, in Van Buren county. His son, James C. Caldwell, was born in Ohio and came to Michigan with his parents. In this State, however, he left home and was reared at Niles by Isaac Snorff (aka Schnorf). At the outbreak of the Civil war he put aside all business and personal considerations and enlisted as a member of the Twelfth Michigan Infantry. He joined the army as a private and went to the south but was wounded at the battle of Shiloh, and on account of disability occasioned thereby he was honorably discharged. When no longer able to aid his country in a military capacity he returned to the north and located near Niles, where he was engaged in general farming until 187O. He then removed to St. Joseph, Michigan, where he conducted a livery business for a number of years, selling out in 1899 prior to his removal to Chicago. In the latter city he engaged in business as a dealer in buggies and carriages and is still contipuing in that line of trade. He married Miss Elizabeth Snorff (aka Schnorf), a native of Ohio, born near Dayton, and she, too, survives at the time of this writing, in 1906. They were the parents of two children, the daughter being Imogene, the wife of H. E. PinneIl, of Erie, Pennsylvania.
Elliott H. Caldwell, the younger child and only son, was reared and educated at St. Joseph, Michigan, and remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority. For five years he was employed in a clerical capacity in the St. Joseph post office and in 1897 he came to Hinchman, since which time he has carried on general merchandising and stock raising. His business interests are carefully managed and he now has a well equipped general store, carrying a large and select line of goods, for which he finds a ready sale among the village people and the citizens of the outlying districts. He makes a specialty of the raising of Shetland ponies and has upon his place twenty-eight thoroughbreds. His business interests in both branches are carefully conducted and have resulted in gratifying success. Mr. Caldwell is also acting as postmaster at Hinchman, to which office he was appointed by President McKinley in 1900 and re-appointed by President Roosevelt in 1904.
On the 17th of August, 1900, Mr. Caldwell was married to Miss Jessie June Harner, a daughter of W. H. and Mary Ann (Feather) Harner. She was born in Oronoko township, where she was also reared and educated and has spent most of her life. Two children grace this union,. James William and Vernon Edward.
In politics Mr. Caldwell is a stanch Republican, active in the interests of the party since age gave him the right of franchise. He does all in his power to promote the growth and extend the influence of the party and is thoroughly informed concerning the questions and issues of the day. He co-operates in many movements for the general good and in his business life manifests a spirit of enterprise and activity which has been the strong element in.his success. "

George Snorf (1820-1895)

George Snorf, aged about 76 years, of Niles township, formerly of Berrien township, died at his home 4 miles north of Niles last Thursday morning.

Source: Berrien Springs Era 19 Jun 1895 - also see photo
Contributor: John Walker on 23 June 2006 who writes,
"Son of Isaac and Sarah Jane Rigg Schnorf
husband of Catharine Cook
father of Edgar Landis Snuff,John W. Snuff,Nancy (Long),two unknown infants,Granville Snuff.
Born in Warren County Ohio 11/26/1820"

George E. Snuff


Source: Unidentified newspaper dated 29 Jan 1943
Contributor: John Walker on 12 Apr 2006

George Eden Snuff

George E. Snuff, 82, and
Mary Ewalt, 85, Taken
By Death, Thursday

Funeral services were held over the week end for two of Berrien Springs’ oldest residents. George Snuff, 82, and Miss Mary Ewalt, 85, both well known and highly respected in the community.

Rites for Mr. Snuff, who died at this home on West Ferry street at 11:45 Thursday morning, were held Saturday afternoon at the Methodist church with the pastor, Rev. John O. Hagans, officiating. Mrs. Hagans sang “”The City Four Square” and “Crossing the Bar” and Mrs. Lee Craft presided at the organ.

Burial was made at Rose Hill cemetery and casket bearers were Bert Sherar, J. F. Schaefer, Orin Myers, George Stover, Edgar Stover, and Henry Pfeifer.

Mr. Snuff’s death followed a three months’ illness. He was born Dec. 3, 1859 in Warren county, Ohio, and came to Michigan with his parents when he was eight years old, residing near Niles. After his marriage to Rose Linda Baker, on Nov. 16, 1887, they lived on a farm near Arden for 35 years, moving to Berrien Springs 20 years ago. He was a member of the Arden Evangelical church for many years.

Deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. E. J. Schneller and one granddaughter, Mardelle Schneller, who reside at Racine, Wis. Mrs. Snuff died July 15, 1942.

Mr. Snuff was greatly interested in gardening and took great pride in the garden plot at his home which was always one of the best in the village.

Source: Unidentified 1943 Berrien County, Michigan Newspaper
Contributor: John Walker on 29 July 2005 who writes,
"George Eden Snuff son of Jackson and Mary Ross Snuff, he was born 3 Dec 1859 in Warren Co.; died 30 Jul 1943"

Granville Snuff

The Snuff Suicide.
In last week's Democrat it was only announced that Granville Snuff had committed suicide by shooting himself. In today's paper we give the particulars as learned from Mr.John Davis, a neighbor of Mr. Snuff's, who was among the first to reach the scene of the sad occurrence. Young Snuff had been complaining of not feeling well for several days, but on this morning came from his room to the breakfast table and ate, although sparingly, after which he took a memorandum book and examined it for a short time. His mother (Catharine) proposed to prepare him a bed downstairs, but this he objected to and returned to his room. Shortly afterwards the parents went to the barn to attend to milking and other chores. The father (George)being in somewhat of a hurry to go to the field, returned to the house with a pail of milk,and just as he was entering heard the report of a gun, and supposing his son was in the orchard shooting birds, stepped out to look, but on not seeing him there thought that perhaps he was shooting at some game from the window up stairs, as was his habit sometimes. Mr Snuff went to the foot of the stairs and called his son, went up to look after him, when a most horrible sight met his gaze. In a hallway, between two doors lay Granville, with the top of his head, above the eyes, blown off, his brains scattered around and his face powder-burned. He is said to have gasped but once after being found. It seems he had sat down in the position in which he was found, tied the end of the ram-rod on the trigger of the gun and holding the muzzle with one hand to his head pushed the trigger back with the other, with the above results. He is spoken of as a very exemplary young man, with good morals and habits. He was buried at Morris Chapel last Saturday at two o'clock. His grief-stricken parents have the sympathy of the entire community.

Source: The Democrat, 1877
Contributor: John Walker on 17 Aug 2005 on writes,
" Granville is the son of George and Catharine Cook Snuff born 2/1853 in Franklin,Warren Co., Ohio, died 5-4-1877 in Niles Twp., Berrien Co., Michigan"

Isaac Schnorf

Isaac Schnorf, who has been failing for the past year, died at his residence on Pucker street, on Sunday, in the 69th year of his age.

Source: Democrat 26 Aug 1882 page 3
Contributor: John Walker on 23 June 2006 on writes,
"son of John and Elizabeth Winterrowd Schnorf"

Isaac Schnorf

Isaac Schnorf, for a long time ill, died at his residnec, three miles north of this city, on Sunday at 2 o'clock a.m. and was buried on Monday.

Source: Nile Mirror 23 Aug 1882 page 5
Contributor: John Walker on 23 June 2006 on writes,
"son of John and Elizabeth Winterrowd Schnorf"

Isaac Schnorf

Isaac Schnorf, aged 65 years, died in Berrien township last Sunday. He had been a resident of the county for about forty years

Source: Berrien Springs Era 8-23-1882 pg 3
Contributor: John Walker on 23 June 2006 on writes,
"son of John and Elizabeth Winterrowd Schnorf"

Jackson Snuff

Jackson Snuff, of Oronoko, was stopping with his brother George, residing about five miles north, for purpose of getting medical aid, died on Wednesday last at 2 o'clock p.m. aged 61 years. He leaves a wife and three children, three sons and three daughters in Oronoko.

Source: undated, unidentified newspaper
: John Walker on 8 March 2006 who writes,
Son of Isaac and Sarah Jane Rigg Schnorf,born 8/13/1815 in Turtlecreek Twp.,Warren Cop.,Ohio,married Mary Ross on 9/4/1838 in Warren Co.,Ohio.
I list 8 kids but could be wrong.
William(child),Ellen Amanda"Sarah"?(Kershner),Rachel Maria(Skinner),Benjamin F.(infant),Orpha Adaline(Lauer),Wilford Ross,Ira Markley,George Eden Snuff

John Snorf

John Snorf, a well-known farmer of Berrien township, died very suddenly last Thursday morning at 7 o'clock of neuralgia of the heart. He arose in the morning and went to the barn to do the chores. At 6:30 he returned to the house feeling ill. A physician was sent for but before he arrived Mr. Snorf was dead.

Mr. Snorf was born on a farm three miles from where he died and had always resided in this vicinity. He was widely known and highly respected. He was 64 years of age.

Four children by a former marriage survive as follows: Frank Snorf, Dowagiac; Mrs. Jennie Toney, Decatur; Mrs. Ella Becker, Lake Arthur, Mexico, and Miss Anna Snorf, who resides at home. Mr. Snorf's second wife, who was Miss Rebecca Rogers, also survives, and the following sisters: Mrs. William Dean, Eau Claire; Mrs. Eri Gorham Mrs. Mary Hadlock, of Berrien Springs, and Mrs. Jacob Fikes of Benton Harbor.

The funeral was held Monday and was largely attended. Several years ago Mr. Snorf lost a hand in a corn shredder.

Source: undated, unidentified newspaper
: John Walker on 23 June 2006 who writes,
"he was to son of Peter and Sarah Concannon Schnorf
grandson of John and Elizabeth Winterrowd Schnorf
great grandson of Pvt.Jacob and Mary Kinder Schnorf
buried at the Union cemetery,Berrien twp.,Berrien Co.,Michigan"

John W. Snuff


Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Price and Kiger funeral home at Niles for the late John W. Snuff, who died Sunday morning at his farm home in the Morris Chapel neighborhood. Rev. Guy W. Simon of the first Presbyterian church of Niles officiated at the rites and burial was made at Morris Chapel cemetery.
Mr. Snuff, who was 80 years old, had been in ill health for several years and was confined to his bed the past three weeks. He had been a resident of Berrien county for 76 years.
Deceased was married at Pokagon in 1895 to Julia A. Wolfgang, who survives him, together with a daughter and a son. Mrs. Ina Strong of Kalamazoo and Alton Snuff who resided at home. There is one sister, Mrs. Nancy Jane Long of Duluth, Minn., and tow grandchildren.

Source: Berrien Springs Journal-Era 2-3-1938 pg 3
: John Walker on 10 March 2006 who writes,
"John W. Snuff was born Oct.18,1857 in Franklin,Warren Co.,Ohio,son of George and Catharine Cook Snuff. John leaves behind a daughter Irva Snuff Strong of Kalamazoo and son Alton Snuff of Niles." [also see photo]

Julia A. (Wolfgang) Snuff


Mrs. Julia Snuff, 73, of 16540 Hickory street, died at 3:30 p. m. Tuesday at Pawating hospital after being ill for four days.
She was born March 19, 1878, in Cass county and was a lifelong resident here. Her husband, John W. Snuff, died in January, 1938. Mrs. Snuff was a member of the First Church of Christ.
Surviving are a son, Alton, of Niles; three grandchildren; three daughters [sic - sisters], Mrs. Mabel Clark, of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Harry Denyes, of South Bend, and Mrs. Cora Jenkins of Berrien Center; and two brothers, Homer Wolgang, of Chicago, and Floyd Wolfgang, of South Bend.
The Rev. Donald Ford will officiate at the funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Church of Christ. Burial will be in Morris Chapel cemetery.

Source: Niles Daily Star 16 May 1951 pg 2
Contributor: John Walker on 10 March 2006 who writes,
"Julia A. Wolfgang Snuff born March 19,1878 in Cass Co.,Michigan
The paper got Julia's obit wrong,the three women listed are her sisters,she had only one daughter named Irva who died in 1944.The paper lists her as Ina in John's obit."

Linda Snuff, 82, Native Resident of Berrien, Dies


Source: Unidentified newspaper dated 29 Jan 1943
Contributor: John Walker on 12 Apr 2006

Linda (Baker) Snuff

Mrs. Geo. Snuff Dies Wednesday Evening.
Mrs. Linda Baker Snuff,wife of George Snuff,well known resident of Berrien Springs the past twenty years,died at 6:30 o'clock Wednesday evening in her home at 205 West Ferry street,where she had been ill four years.
Following prayer at 2:30 o'clock at the home Saturday afternoon the service will be held at 3:00 o'clock in the Berrien Springs Methodist church,with rev. John O. Hagans officiating. Mrs J. O. Hagans will sing two hyms with Charles Weaver at the organ. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery. Casket bearers will be Edgar Stover, L. A. Spaulding, Henry Pfeiffer, Bert Shearer, J. F. Schaefer and Orin Myers.
Deceaced was born July 24,1859 in Weesaw twp. Berrien county, a daughter of Vincent and Elizabeth Harner Baker, and was a decendent of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Harner, one of the pioneer families of this community.
She was united in marriage to George Snuff November 16,1887 and lived on a farm near Arden until coming to Berrien Springs.With relatives and friends they observed their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1937.
Mrs. Snuff was a member of the Evangelical church in Arden for many years and took an active part in church work until her health failed.
Surviving are her husband, one daughter, Mrs E. J. Schneller, and one grandaughter in Racine,Wis.,and other relatives.

Source: undated, unidentified newspaper
: John Walker on 8 March 2006

Mary Ross Snuff (wife of Jackson Snuff)

Mrs. Mary Snuff, mother of Mrs. J. Lauer of this village, and a resident of Oronoko for twenty-six years, died Monday, Nov. 19, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. Skineer, near Cassopolis, aged 79 years.

Source: unidentified 1894 Berrien County, Michigan newspaper
Contributor: John Walker on 29 July 2005 & 8 March 2006 who writes,
"Mary is the wife of Jackson Snuff, born 15 Jan 1815 in Warren Co; both pioneers of that county; died 19 Nov 1894"

Sarah (Concannon) Schnorf

Mrs. Sarah Schnorf
Who has resided with her daughter,Mrs.Mary Hadlock for the past six years,died at Berrien Springs,on Monday,the 13th inst.,while on a visit of 10 days with her daughter,Mrs. Eri Gorham at the same place,aged 89 years,7 months and 8 days.Mrs.S. was a native of Ohio and moved here in March,1850.She was the mother of seven children,four daughters and three sons;two of the sons,and the father died in Niles Township several years ago.Mrs S. joined the Methodist church when she was 20 years of age and remained in that relationship to the end.She was ever a dutiful wife,a kind mother and universally esteemed by all who knew her.

Source: Niles (MI) Weekly Mirror, 22 Nov 1893, page 1
Contributor: John Walker on 31 July & 17 Aug 2005who writes,
"Sarah Concannon, daughter of William and Anne McClure Concannon born 4/5/1804 in Ohio was the second wife of Peter Schnorf who was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania. They married on 4/20/1836 in Warren Co.,Ohio. She died 11/13/1893. Both buried at the Morris Chapel cemetery in Berrien Twp.,Berrien Co.,MI. List of children:
Ann Schnorf Denn
Mary Schnorf Hadlock
Eliza K. Schnorf Taylor
Mahala Schnorf Gorham
John Snorf
Isaac Schnorf (17yo)
George Washington Schnorf (infant)"

Sarah Amelia (Foster) Snuff

Mrs. Sarah Snuff, Aged Resident of North Niles, Dies

Mrs. Sarah Amelia Snuff, who spent her lifetime in Niles township, died Tuesday in her farm home four miles north of Niles on the Berrien Center road. She was 84 years old. Mrs. Snuff was a charter member of the Rebekah lodge and a lifelong member of the Morris Chapel church.
She was the daughter [sic - wife] of Edgar Snuff, who died 12 years ago.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Edith Walker, Niles township, a son, Clyde, Fargo, N.D.; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Price and Kiger funeral home were services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon with the Rev. O. W. Carr, Decatur, officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook cemetery.

Source: unidentified 1939 newspaper
: John Walker on 8 March 2006 who writes,
"daughter of George and Margaret Johnson Foster,born 2/4/1855 in Niles Twp.,MI,married 1/18/1875 and died 5/30/1939"

Teresa O'Brien Snorf
Death of Mrs. John Snorf.

Teresa O'Brien was born in Niles, Mich., Oct. 9, 1846 and died at the home of her son, Frank Snorf, in Dowagiac, June 4, 1904. She was united in marriage to John Snorf, March 13, 1864. To them were born four children, one son and three daughters. Five grand-children, one brother and four sisters mourn the departure of one who was universally loved and respected. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and her cheerful disposition and willing assistance in time of trouble has won her hosts of friends in the community in which she has always lived. She was a faithful member of the Free Will Baptist Church for over twenty years.

Funeral services were held June 7th, at the Union Church in Berrien township, with burial at same place. Rev. Wright, of Summerville, took charge of the services.

Source: Berrien Springs Era 6-9-1904 pg 1
Contributor: John Walker 23 Jun 2006

Wilford Snuff

Wilford Snuff died Monday at the home of his brother in Arden, where he made his home. He was born in Ohio and was 65 years old. He leaves two brothers, George and Ira Snuff. The funeral service was held Wednesday morning at Morris Chapel, conducted by Rev. E. Willard.

Source: unidentified 1894 Berrien County, Michigan newspaper
Contributor: John Walker on 29 July 2005 who writes,
"Wilford was born in Warren Co., Ohio; parents are Jackson and Mary Ross Snuff all from Warren Co.; died 18 Aug 1919"


Angeline (Schnorf) Ullery

Mrs.Angeline Schnorf Ullery,wife of D.B. Ullery,and a pioneer resident of this section,passed away about 7 o'clock last evening at the home five miles north of Niles where she had resided for the past 46 years.
Mrs Ullery's demise was due to paralysis from which she had been a sufferer for over two years.
Mrs. Ullery was born in Warren Co.,Ohio,Oct.10,1839.When a young woman she came to Berrien Co with her parents,Mr.and Mrs.Isaac Snorf.
Besides her husband,to whom she was married about 52 years ago,she is survived by three sons,Dr.A.O. Ullery of Niles;Austin I. Ullery,who resides north of Niles and S.J. Ullery of South Bend,a brother Sylvestor Snorf,residing four miles north of Niles,also survives.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon from the residence.
Mrs.Ullery was a much beloved lady and her demise is sincerely mourned.

Source: unidentified 1911 newspaper thought to be the Niles (Michigan) Daily Star
Contributor: John Walker on 22 Feb 2006 who writes,
"Angeline Schnorf is the daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Nye Schnorf. She died 19 May 1911"

David Ullery

David Ullery Stricken with Paralysis two weeks ago,died on Christmas

David H. Ullery,a prominent pioneer resident of Berrien township died on the morning of Wednesday,Christmas day,at 8:30 o'clock at the home of his son Austin Ullery in Niles township,north of Niles,where he made his home for the past six years.Mr. Ullery suffered a stroke of paralysis about two weeks ago,and never since that time did he fully regain consciousness and no hope for his recovery was held out on account of his advanced age,he having attained the age of 86 years.
Mr Ullery was born in St.Joseph county,Indiana,Oct.13,1836.With his parents,Mr and Mrs. John Ullery,he came to Michigan in the early 40's and settled in Cass county.In 1854 they came to Berrien county and settled on farm in Berrien township.In 1857 Mr. Ullery was married to Angeline Schnorf,daughter of Isaac Schnorf.In 1865 they moved to the farm where Mr. Ullery's parents had resided upon coming to Berrien county,and he continued to reside there for over 40 years.Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ullery,one of whom died in his youth.The surviving children are Dr. Arthur Odell Ullery of Niles,Austin I. of Niles township and Schuyler Ullery of San Francisco,Calif. Besides the children,Mr. Ullery is survived by two sisters,Mrs.Henry Curtis of Dowagiac and Mrs.Elizabeth Cuddeback of Washington D.C. and by two brothers,Jacob Ullery,residing near Fairland,and one who resides in the west.Mrs. Ullery died about 7 years ago.
The deceased throughout his long life had won the respect and esteem of the community in which he resided by his integrity of character and his genial and courteous manner.
The funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at Union church at 10:30 o'clock.Rev.Lyons,pastor of the Baptist church of Niles,will officiate.Internment will occur at the Union cemetery in the family lot.

Source: Niles Daily Sun 12-26-1918
Contributor: John Walker on 23 June 2006 who writes,
"husband of Angeline Schnorf"

Ether Toney Walker (also see photo)

Mrs. Ethel Walker Dies at Rock Island Home after Long Illness


Source: undated obituary from unidentified newspaper
Contributor: John Walker 12 April 2006 who writes,
"born 8/12/1884 in Berrien Twp.,Berrien Co.,MI to George H. and Jennie Adela Snorf.
died 1/5/1930 in Rock Island,IL
grandaughter of John and Teresa O'Brien Snorf
g grandaughter of Peter and Sarah Concannon Schnorf
gg grandaughter of John and Elizabeth Winterrowd Schnorf
ggg grandaughter of Pvt. Jacob and Mary Kinder Schnorf
Charles and Syvilla Schnorf Davis lived next to Solomon and Mary Cameron Walker on River bluff rd."

also see


Captain Cameron Walker, age 91, flew his last trip West on June 20th, 2006. He passed his final check with flying colors.
Capt. Walker is a descendant of several Niles area pioneer families,he is the son of the late Clyde and Ethel Toney Walker,grandson of the late George H. and Jennie A. Snorf(aka Schnorf/Snuff)Toney and Solomon and Mary Ann Cameron Walker.Of the earliest families, the William H. Williams family from Delaware who came to Cass county in 1836, the Joseph Walker family of Niles Twp. from Port Hope,Ontario in 1841,and the Peter Schnorf family from Warren County Ohio abt 1850.

Captain Walker graduated from the University of Michigan in 1936 and joined the United States Marine Corps earning his wings on the 19th of April, 1937 as Naval Aviator No. 5205. Upon completing his active duty service in the Marine Corps, he joined Pan American World Airways, March 5, 1940, Dinner Key, FL. During his 35 year career with Pan American, Captain Walker commanded nine different commercial aircraft beginning with the B314 Clipper Flyng Boats, Douglas DC-3/617, Lockheed Constellation, Boeing's B3771707/720 and retiring after 5 years on the B747.

Captain Walker was preceded in death by Mary A. Walker, loving wife of 38 years and daughter, Mary Constance. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Eliane; son Cameron Walker, jr. ( Trinny ); daughter Catherine A.-Mielke ( David); Step-children, Mary Ann Simpson ( Bud ), Phillip Buxton. Grandchildren: Maria Streidl ( William ), Cameron Marc Walker, Meredith Ann Nelson (Capt. Andrew), Laurel Elizabeth Gardner (Mark) and Mary Catherine Arnst (Douglas); 8 great-grandchildren, Allen D. and Caitlyn E. Arnst, Kate S., Annie M., Summer C., Gracie D, Nicolas Nelson, Tatiana Streidl. Nieces: Catharine Walker Daley, Mary Ann Walker Cleaver, and nephew Victor Ellis Walker (Susan),one cousin, Marian Walker Moyser of Niles and several distant cousins in the Niles area..

Captain Walker will have his service and a Marine Honor Guard in Milton, FL. Arrangements by Lewis Funeral Home, Milton, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice to Vitas Charitable Fund, 5151 Adanson St. Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32804.

Source: unnamed 27 Jun 2006 newspaper

Contributed by John Walker 25 July 2006 who writes,
"Capt.Cameron Walker
son of Clyde and Ethel Toney Walker
grandson of George H. and Jennie Snorf Toney
g grandson of John and Teresa O'Brien Snorf
gg grandson of Peter and Sarah Concannon Schnorf
ggg grandson of John and Elizabeth Winterrowd Schnorf
gggg grandson of Pvt.Jacob and Mary Kinder Schnorf"

  Peter Winterrowd

Shelby Democrat
Thursday October 14, 1897
page 3
Peter Winterrowd, of Jackson township, who was found dead in his bed last Wednesday week, died of paralysis of the heart. He was born in Warren county, Ohio, July 9, 1824, being at the time of his death seventy-three years two months and twenty-seven days old. He came to Shelby county with his parents when only six months old, settling in Jackson township, where he has ever since lived. He was married October 24, 1849 to Elizabeth Hageman. He was the father of ten children, five of whom are living, namely; Mrs. Phoebe Beck, of Bethel, Ohio, Peter A. Winterrowd, of Peterson, Iowa, Mrs. Clara Muck, Mrs. Julia Kline and George Winterrowd, of Jackson township. Funeral services will be held from the St. George Luthern Church at two p.m. Friday, October 8, Rev. J. L. Perry, of Flat Rock, officiating. The cortege left the house at one p.m., in charge of Edwards & Hageman. son of Jacohb and Jane Anderson Winterrowd grandson of John Peter and Rosannah Schnorf Winterrowd grandson of James and Mary E. Schnorf Anderson great grandson of Pvt. Jacob and Mary Kinder Schnorf on two lines!
The Shelby Republican
Friday October 8, 1897
Page 3
Peter Winterrowd Suddenly Expires At His Hime in Jackson Township
Mr. Peter Winterrowd, whose home has been near Mt. Auburn for years and years, was found dead this morning in his bed by a member of his household when he was called for breakfast. There had been no premonition of death, as "Uncle Peter," as everybody called him, retired last night in his customary health. He was born in this county in 1824 and has always lived here. He was one of the best balanced men mentally in the county and was held in the highest esteem by people of all classes. His wife died a number of years age, but he had continued to keep house and his home was ever open to his friends and neighbors. He was as honest a Republican as ever lived and the party in his death loses a true advocate. Arrangements have not been made for the funeral.
Both contributed by John Walker 25 July 2006

Captain Richard A. Schnorf (USN Ret.)

Captain Richard A. Schnorf (USN Ret.), of Worcester passed away peacefully Tuesday April 5th in the Hospice Residence after a long battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years Ann (DiLiddo) Schnorf, a step son, John-Michael and his wife Sandra DiLiddo of Worcester, sons Peter Schnorf of Westerville Ohio, David Schnorf of Springfield, John Schnorf of Southbridge, Andrew and Paul Schnorf of Worcester, daughters, Melissa and her husband Howie Blatt of Holden, and Mary Kunzig of Lewes Delaware, brothers, James Conway of Lake Forest Ill, and Robert Schnorf of Florissant Mo, sisters, Eileen Kaplan of Rochester Hills Michigan, and Patricia Barner of Siler City NC. 13 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren many nieces and nephews. A daughter, Hope Schnorf died in 2000, a stepson Rev. George J. DiLiddo, died in 1983. His first wife Phyllis (Wilson) Schnorf died in 1978. Born in Milwaukee, Wis. He was a son of J.Raymond and Eileen (Conway) Schnorf. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, and earned his advanced degree from American University in Washington DC. He also graduated from the Navy War College.
Richard was a United State Naval Officer retiring after 32 years. He was a Naval Aviator and veteran aircraft carrier pilot. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He served on several different aircraft carriers; His last was as executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS Randolph before it was decommissioned. His final tour he commanded and was Professor Of Naval Science at the College of Holy Cross ROTC unit. After retirement he served as resource recovery director for the City of Worcester until his retirement. He was active in the development of the Wheelabrator resource recovery plant in Millbury, and the City of Worcester recycling program.
He was a longtime member of the Worcester Rotary Club, a life member of the Naval institute, the Retired Officers Association, the Regional Environmental Council, the Association of Naval Aviation, the Audubon Society and several national environmental organizations. He was a former board member of the Mohegan Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Richard’s funeral will be held Saturday April 9th from the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St with a mass at 10 am in St Anne’s Church, 130 Boston Turnpike Rd. Shrewsbury. Burial will follow in St John’s Cemetery. Family and friends may pay their respects from 5 to 8 pm Friday April 8th. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice, 120 Thomas St. 01608.

Source: unnamed and undated 2005 obituary

Contributed by John Walker 30 September 2007 who writes,
Son of James Raymond and Eileen Conway Schnorf
grandson of Arthur and Alma Packer Schnorf
g grandson of Arthur Cook and Nancy Lewis Schnorf
gg grandson of Jacob and Rachel Cook Schnorf
ggg grandson of Pvt. Jacob and Mary Kinder Schnorf


Margaret Mettler Schnorf, 80, of Delaplane, Virginia, died peacefully at home on December 11, 2006.

She was born on April 5, 1926 in Akron, Ohio, to the late William and Margaret Mettler.

She attended Middlebury College and was a graduate of the University of Akron. She married her high school sweetheart in 1947 and they lived in many different places around the world while her husband served in the United States Army. She loved being a military wife and was voted Military Wife of the Year of the Far East Command in 1970 while they were stationed in Camp Zama, Japan. She had various part-time jobs while her children were growing up, and also volunteered for several service organizations, including the American Red Cross. In later years she worked part time for Oak Springs Nursing Home in Warrenton, Virginia and the Fauquier Livestock Exchange in Marshall, Virginia.

She was an active member of the Marshall Homemakers' Club, the Daughters of American Revolution, the Dixie Land Travel Trailer Club, and the Mayflower Society.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and was cherished by everyone who knew her.

Mrs. Schnorf is survived by three children, Richard (Cole) Schnorf, Jr. of Ellicott City, MD; Robert (Bob) Schnorf of Front Royal, VA; Susanne (Susie) Schnorf Breeden of Bealeton, VA; six grandchildren; daughter-in-law Joan Schnorf; son-in-law Michael Breeden; close family friend David Umbras; and extended family, COL USMC and Mrs. Charles Dallachie and their three children of Quantico, VA.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son 1st LT USMC Charles Jeffrey Schnorf killed in the Beirut Bombing of 1983, Richard C. Schnorf (LTC retired) her husband almost 60 years, and her brothers William and John.

Visitation and funeral services will be held at Cool Springs Methodist Church, Delaplane, VA on Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 10:00 A.M. Interment will be held on the same date at 3:00 P.M. at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marshall Volunteer Rescue Squad; to Citadel Foundation designated for the LT Charles Schnorf Scholarship Fund, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409-6230; to Grafton School Inc., P.O. Box 2500, Winchester, VA 22604; or to Arc of Howard County, 11735 Homewood Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042.
Source: unnamed and undated 2006 obituary

Contributed by John Walker 30 September 2007 who writes,
wife of Richard Colfax Schnorf
Who is the son of Harold Emanuel Schnorf and Nellie Evans,
grandson of Schuyler Colfax Schnorf and Vinnie Haller,
g grandson of William C. Schnorf and Mary Renner,
gg grandson of Jacob Schnorf II and Mahala Brandon,
ggg grandson of John and Elizabeth Winterrowd Schnorf,
gggg grandson of Pvt. Jacob Schnorf and Mary Kinder Schnorf.

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