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M. H. Snyder

Am looking for Snyder, cattleman, who became a partner with Frank M. Stewart and W. J. Hodges in cattle firm: Stewart, Hodges & Snyder.
I have become convinced that M. H. Snyder was the cattleman who was at first with Hodges and Stewart. Later he became connected with Al Dean.
[Note: M. H. Snyder was a brother of Rev. J. H. Snyder, who settled in Winfield. He was also the brother of J. C. Snyder, who settled in Hackney. J. C. Snyder was a school teacher. The father of the Snyder brothers bought farms in Cowley County. All of the information pertaining to father and some other relatives is contained in the Rev. J. H. Snyder file. MAW]
Snyder, M. H., 47; spouse, C. A., 47.
M. H. Snyder...
Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.
We had the pleasure last Saturday of an introduction to Mr. Snyder, of Peoria, Illinois, who is out in this section of country looking up a location for entering into the cattle business on a large scale. He was with his friend, Al. Dean, than whom no man better understands the stock business, and in his hands he will be shown the true inwardness of the stock interest in all its various branches. Mr. Snyder is also traveling correspondent of the National Democrat of Peoria, and as a brother editor is always welcome to our sanctum.
Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, March 8, 1883.
                                               THIRD ANNUAL ROUND-UP
                                                                -OF THE-
                                            CHEROKEE STRIP STOCKMEN.
                                              NEW ORGANIZATION MADE.
                                                    No Show for Monopolists.
The third annual meeting of the Cherokee Strip Stockmen’s Association met in the Opera House on Tuesday, March 6, 1883, at 11 a.m., and was called to order by the president, Ben S. Miller, who made the following remarks.
It becomes my painful duty to call this Association to order again. Painful, because it will be a rehash of what we have done, the past year, some of which has come to light, and some of which may never show up. On looking to my right, I miss the face of one who, in life, was one of the best supporters the chair had, and whose council and suggestions were always so timely. I refer with sorrow to our friend and brother, A. H. Johnson, who was stricken down in the prime of life last summer, without a moment’s warning, by the Power that controls the elements. He has gone to a place where “scattering,” “gatherings,” and “round-ups” are no more. Whether to a range that is fenced or open, we know not; but we do know that if it is fenced, no Congress, Secretary of the Interior, or Indian Commission can tear it down at their pleasure.
The roll was called and the following officers reported.
Ben S. Miller, president.
John A. Blair, secretary.
M. H. Bennett, treasurer.

The reading of the minutes of the previous meetings was on motion dispensed with.
M. H. Bennett, treasurer of the Association, presented his report, showing the receipts to be $3,645.16; expenditures, $1,537.12, leaving a balance in the treasury of $2,108.04. Report accepted.
On motion, Messrs. W. E. Bridge, T. F. Pryor, P. Carnagie, J. W. Carter, and Cid. Eldridge were appointed as committee on membership.
On motion, Messrs. Hodson, Eldridge, Drumm, Hewins, and Tuttle were appointed a committee on permanent organization.
On motion the president appointed W. S. Snow, James Hamilton, and Ed. Hewins a committee on constitution and by-laws.
Mr. Hewins moved that the president appoint a sergeant at arms, whose duty it shall be to see that bonafide members of the Association are seated together and apart from spectators. Carried.
The Association then adjourned to meet at 2 p.m.
On re-assembling at 2 p.m., the committee on credentials reported the following list of new members, which report was accepted.
D. R. Streeter, Northrup & Stephens, C. W. Blaine, F. M. Stewart, R. B. Clark, R. H. Campbell, W. J. Hodges, G. A. Thompson, S. A. Garth, W. H. Harrelston, W. M. Dunn, G. B. Mote, Crutchfield & Carpenter, Walworth, Walton & Rhodes, W. B. Lee, W. W. Wicks, J. A. Emmerson, John Myrtle, J. H. Hill, A. J. Snider, A. G. Evans, R. W. Phillips, E. W. Payne, Tomlin & Webb, H. W. Roberts, E. P. Fouts, W. W. Stephens, A. Mills, C. M. Scott, H. P. Standley, Lafe Merritt, J. N. Florer, D. W. Roberts, C. H. Dye, M. W. Brand, Drury Warren, W. P. Herring, S. T. Tuttle, E. W. Rannols, N. J. Thompson, W. H. Dunn, E. A. Hereford, J. Love, Johnsons & Hosmer, S. T. Mayor, D. A. Streeter, M. H. Snyder, S. P. Burress, C. C. Clark, J. C. Weathers, G. V. Collins, and H. H. Campbell.
The committee on permanent organization reported the following officers.
President, Ben S. Miller.
Secretary, John A. Blair.
Assistant Secretary, Tell W. Walton.
Treasurer, M. H. Bennett.
Report adopted.
Mr. Hamilton from committee on constitution and by-laws, asked for further time. Granted.
The committee on membership reported names received as temporary members until the constitution and by-laws were adopted. Report accepted.
On motion of Mr. Cooper, the report of committee on permanent organization was adopted. Whereupon Mr. Ben S. Miller thanked the convention for their united confidence in him as a presiding officer, and without any flourish, announced that the next order of business would be the appointment of a sergeant-at-arms, and therefore appointed Marion Blair.
On motion, the Association resolved itself into a committee of the whole, and on motion of Major Drumm, the following committee on round-ups was appointed.

A. Drumm, W. E. Campbell, Marion Blair, H. W. Timberlake, Syl. Fitch, J. W. Carter, Tony Day, M. K. Krider, Oliver Ewell, Pat Carnegie, and E. W. Payne.
On motion, W. B. Hutchison, Caldwell COMMERCIAL; H. P. Standley, Arkansas City Traveler; T. A. McNeal, Cresset; E. W. Payne, Index, Medicine Lodge; H. A. Heath, Kansas Farmer, Topeka; J. J. Jewett, Kansas City Indicator; H. H. Heath, Kansas City Price Current; R. L. Owen, Indian Chieftain, Vinita, Indian Territory; Lafe Merritt, Transporter, Cheyenne, Indian Territory; J. C. Richards, Press; C. T. Hickman, Democrat, Wellington; were elected assistant secretaries of the convention.
Report of H. R. Johnson, inspector at Kansas City, was read and accepted. The report sets forth that Mr. Johnson has caught 207 cattle wrongfully shipped, valued at $75.00. [Wonder if they meant $75.00 each???]
A vote of thanks was tendered Mr. Johnson, and various other inspectors, for their efficient work on behalf of the Association.
On motion the following gentlemen were appointed as a committee on programme for tomorrow’s work: Ben. Miller, Carnegie, Bridge, Hodgson, Hamilton, and John Blair.
Messrs. John Reese and John Volz were instructed to furnish the Association with an exhibit of expenses incurred in pursuing cattle thieves.
A telegram dated Kansas City, March 6, to W. B. Hutchison, from Agent Miles, was read as follows: “Agent Tufts recommends that fences be permitted to remain and others with the consent of the Cherokees.”
The convention adjourned until ten o’clock Wednesday morning.
                                                           SECOND DAY.
Convention called to order at 11 a.m., on Wednesday morning by President Miller.
Mr. Hamilton, chairman from committee on constitution and by-laws reported progress.
The following report of committee on round-ups was presented by its chairman and on motion of Mr. Hodgson was adopted.
We, the assigned committee on round-ups, appointed by the Convention of the Cherokee Strip Stock Association, held in Caldwell on March 6th, 1883, herewith submit the following report.
Division No. 1. To be composed of what is known as Red Rock and Salt Fork country, including the territory of, and then to the south line of Kansas, and thence west, including all tributaries of the Salt Fork, in the west line of the Comanche County Pool. Said division to meet at the Red Rock crossing of the Arkansas City road, and Thomas Wilson to be appointed as Captain of said division.
Division No. 2. To be composed of the country lying south of division No. 1, and extend as far south as the division between the Cimarron and the North Fork of the Canadian, and to commence work at McClellen’s pasture, and, if necessary, to work on the North Fork, east of the crossing of the Chisholm trail, and work west as far as the west line of the Comanche County Pool. This division to meet where the Arkansas City wagon road crosses the Skeleton Creek, and Howard Capper to be appointed captain of said division.

Division No. 3. To be composed of the country lying south of division No. 2, and as far south as the Washita River; and to extend as far west as A. J. Day’s range. Said division to meet at the Chisholm trail crossing of the North Fork of the Canadian, and H. W. Timberlake to be appointed captain.
We also recommend that the captains of the several divisions be empowered to discharge all parties not doing their duty or refusing to obey orders, and that the said captains be authorized to employ other men to fill vacancies, at the expense of the parties who were represented by the parties discharged.
We also recommend that Marion Blair, A. J. Day, W. E. Campbell, J. W. Carter, H. W. Timberlake, and J. W. Hamilton be appointed as a committee to confer with the round-up committee appointed by the stock meeting to be held at Medicine Lodge on the 28th and 29th of the present month, and that the joint communities then decide upon a date for the beginning of the spring round-up, together with such other recommendations as they may desire to proffer; and that the report be published in the Caldwell, Anthony, and Medicine Lodge papers. A. DRUMM, Chairman.
The President read a communication from W. W. Cook, chairman of the Barbour County Stockmen’s Association, inviting the stockmen of the Cherokee Strip, and all others, to attend their meeting to be held at Medicine Lodge, March 28 and 29, 1883.
The committee on credentials reported several new names for membership, which report was received and the members admitted.
Mr. H. S. Lane, inspector at St. Louis, reported 105 head picked up, which sold at an average of $75 per head.
The bill of Stoller & Reese, amounting to $213.00, and of John Volz for $216.00, for expenses in recovering stolen stock and prosecuting thieves, were referred to committee on finance.
The questions of continuing the reward offered by the inspection committee for the conviction of stock thieves was discussed by Messrs. Buzard, Snow, Heran, McDowell, and others—the general feeling being that the reward ought to be increased.
Mr. Hodges asked leave to file paper for consideration of the convention at the proper time concerning Oil Company troubles. Paper was read and discussed.
Mr. Gore, representing the Company, supposed to be the Pennsylvania Oil Company, stated that it was not a part of said company, but was a private enterprise, and that they were willing to agree to anything reasonable concerning the ranges.
Mr. Hewins thought the paper should go to the committee on arbitration.
The following resolution was read and adopted.
Resolved, That as the Kansas Legislature has adopted a railroad bill providing for commissioners, the stockmen of Southwestern Kansas request that in the appointment of said commissioners, the stock interests of the State shall be taken into consideration; we, therefore, request that Hon. A. B. Mayhew, of Sumner County, be appointed as a member of said commission.
                                                             THIRD DAY.
The convention was called to order at 11 o’clock a.m.

James W. Hamilton from the committee on organization, reported that articles of incorporation had been adopted and filed with the secretary of state as the Cherokee Live Stock Association, that the board of directors for the first year were Ben S. Miller, A. Drumm, John A. Blair, S. Tuttle of Caldwell; W. Payne of Medicine Lodge; and Charles H. Eldred, of Carrolton, Illinois; and others. The committee also reported a code of by-laws.
The report was read at length, and after a warm discussion, adopted; and the convention adjourned until three o’clock p.m.
At the three o’clock session seventy-three stock men came forward and paid their membership fee of $10, after which a meeting of the board of directors was called, the names passed upon, and then adjourned until Friday morning.
Just at this point, we desire to say that the new organization is a move in the right direction. Through it, the rights of the smallest stockman in the Territory will be as fully protected as those of the powerful combinations. In fact, it makes of all parties one complete organization, wherein the weak will have a show for the capital they may have invested.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 26, 1884.
Mr. M. H. Snyder, for many years a resident of Winfield, has sold his property in that city and moved down among us. He is interested in the cattle business with Mr. Al. Dean. Mr. Snyder has purchased the Woolsey place just north of town.
Arkansas City Republican, April 26, 1884.
Ed. Grady, lumber dealer, has sold his large residence in the southeast part of the city to M. H. Snyder, of Winfield, and is now erecting a fine new home on the block south of the property sold.
Arkansas City Republican, April 26, 1884.
M. H. Snyder, a cattle man from Winfield, moved Monday into the house bought of Ed. Grady.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1884.
M. H. Snyder, a partner of W. J. Hodges in the cattle business, while coming down the bank to the ford near the Tunnel Mill Saturday on his way from Arkansas City, had a serious mishap. The pole of his buggy broke, throwing himself and little boy out and bruising them up considerably. The horses crossed the creek in a mighty few minutes and paid the city a rapid visit on their own hook. The buggy was about used up.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 21, 1884.
The cattle firm of Stewart, Hodges & Snyder seem to be having a little family quarrel just now. Mr. Snyder has applied to the courts, and Mr. S. G. Gary, of Winfield, has been appointed receiver. All parties seem to desire a dissolution of partnership, and are unable to agree among themselves; hence the receiver. It is to be hoped their difficulties may be arranged without forcing a public sale of cattle.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 4, 1884.
The cattle of Stewart, Hodges & Snyder are being rounded up preparatory to an inventory. There seems to be a regular three-cornered fight in this firm, which is much regretted among their friends, and it is hoped their differences will be settled without recourse to a forced sale or further difficulties among themselves.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1884.
The cattle firm of Stewart, Hodges & Snyder has been dissolved, Mr. Stewart purchasing Hodges’ interest for $10,000. Messrs. Stewart and Snyder now contemplate organizing a stock company and purchasing more cattle for their range. There is money in such a scheme, and we would like to see them succeed.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 20, 1884.
WINFIELD AND ARKANSAS CITY. Range on Turkey and Possum Creeks, north of Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.
Horse brand same as cattle.
Ear marks: Smooth crop on left and swallow-fork and over-bit on right.
Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 24, 1884.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 28, 1885.
C. E. Ward, who has been punching cattle on Stewart and Snyder’s ranch in the Territory, returned Saturday.
P. S. He did his cowboy exploits as he does the most of his manual labor, by proxy.
It appears that “Jennie Snyder” was the daughter of M. H. Snyder. I could be mistaken about this. MAW
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 7, 1885.
                                                              Kansas Day.
Jennie Snyder read the sad story of “La Marais du Cygne” in Whittier’s beautiful language.
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.
Misses Ella DeBruce, Amy Landes, and Jennie Snyder, the latter formerly of this city, were guests of Miss May Hodges last week. They returned to their homes in Arkansas City Saturday evening. Winfield Tribune.
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.
                                                     Judge Pyburn for Mayor.
The following is explanatory within itself.
HON. A. J. PYBURN, We, the undersigned, citizens of Arkansas City, Kansas, herein respectfully request and urge the use of your name as a candidate for the office of mayor and pledge you our best support.
T. H. McLaughlin, C. A. Howard, John Landes, J. P. Musselman, S. Matlack, J. W. Sparks, A. D. Prescott, Thos. Van Fleet, T. R. Houghton, T. Kimmel, Jas. Ridenour, S. P. Gould, W. S. Thompson, M. S. Hasie, Geo. E. Hasie, H. C. Nicholson, F. K. Grosscup, J. R. L. Adams, T. L. Mantor, S. B. Reed, E. M. Multer, G. W. Cunningham, P. Pearson, J. M. Collins, Archie Dunn, S. B. Adams, Frank J. Hess, Ira Barnett, Wm. M. Jenkins, Uriah Spray, Wm. R. Smith, J. L. Henry, W. E. Gooch, M. H. Snyder, A. P. Hutchinson, R. P. Hutchison, Frank D. Austin, G. W. Miller, C. C. Sollitt, F. W. Farrar, O. G. Shelden, J. L. Howard, H. H. Perry, J. D. Hill, F. B. Hutchinson, E. L. McDowell, A. W. Alexander, P. Wyckoff, L. McLaughlin, E. E. Eddy, Geo. H. Heitkam, S. F. George, O. P. Houghton, O. Ingersoll.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 29, 1885.
PEORIA CATTLE CO., M. H. SNYDER, Manager, ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.     Range: Otter Creek and Lower Skeleton, Indian Territory.
[Illustration...cattle with “D and D” in different locations shown.]

Horse brand: D left shoulder. Ear-marks: crop, the right, half crop, the left, etc. These letter brands have bars on right side and are all steers. Grade Durham and Hereford bulls for sale.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1886.
                                                   Cherokee Strip Round-Up.
The Cherokee Strip Round-up will meet at Tom Snow’s camp, on Red Rock, the 25th day of May, work to be commenced on the 26th.
                                  MARION BLAIR, M. H. SNYDER, Committee.
Jennie Snyder: excerpts from lengthy article...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
Never did Winfield have as lively New Year’s festivities as those just spent. In fact, it has come to be conceded generally that, though the Queen City has always had much social life, the sociability of this winter exceeds by far. Entertainments, private and public, come thick and fast. And they are all largely attended and thoroughly enjoyable. The wonderful life on the beginning of this New Year is what we will deal with now.
. . . . at the residence of R. E. Wallis, where Miss Willie Wallis was assisted by Misses Jennie Snyder, Annie Doane, Lillie Wilson, Pearl Van Doren, and Margaret Spotswood—the happiest bevy imaginable.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
M. H. Snyder went to his ranch yesterday on Skeleton Creek, Indian Territory.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 12, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
M. H. Snyder accompanied his wife as far as Kansas City on her way back to Ohio.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 12, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Wednesday Mrs. M. H. Snyder will leave for a visit back in Illinois and Ohio. She will be away several weeks.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 12, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
M. H. Snyder reports a horse being stolen from the pastures of Dean & Broderick on the Cherokee Strip one night last week. $150 has been offered for the return of horse and capture of thief, whose name is Thomas Colley. It is supposed he has gone to Texas or New Mexico.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 10, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Misses Ella De Bruce and Jennie Snyder visited friends in Winfield yesterday.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 11, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
M. H. Snyder sold his tract of five acres at the foot of Summit Street to Dr. Jamison Vawter and A. V. Alexander for $6,000. They will plat it immediately and put it on the market. The lots in this addition are as nice and nicely located as there are in Arkansas City.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
M. H. Snyder, of the Terminus, was circulating over the hub Thursday.
M. H. Snyder and Col. E. Neff: purchase Fairclo drug stock...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 27, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Col. E. Neff and M. H. Snyder have purchased the drug stock of Theo. Fairclo, deceased, and have opened up for business. Messrs. Neff & Snyder are both genial gentlemen, have a large acquaintance, and consequently will command a good patronage from the first.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 26, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.

W. P. Plumb and C. D. Schenck, of Elmwood, Illinois, are prospecting in the city. They are friends of M. H. Snyder, and are being shown the city by him. Both gentlemen are well pleased with the Canal City. Mr. Schenck was in our city four years ago and he expressed considerable surprise at our growth. About all the old landmarks with which he was familiar have disappeared and been succeeded by substantial business houses.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 26, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
BIRTH. Born to Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Snyder, this morning, a daughter.


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