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            This highly respected retired businessman of Auburn, California, Edmund Christopher Snowden, is a native of England, but has been a resident of this country since his boyhood and is thoroughly identified with its interests, having fought for the preservation of the Union during the days of civil strife and having enjoyed a long and prosperous business career.  The following sketch of his life is of interest in this connection.

            Edmund Christopher Snowden was born in England in 1838, and there spent the first fourteen years of his life.  Then he accompanied his relatives to this country.  They located on a farm in the state of New York.  After leaving the farm he tried several branches of business, after which he took up the study of medicine and was preparing himself for a professional life when the Civil War broke out.  In the meantime he had taken up his abode in Texas, but on the opening of hostilities he went north to Illinois.  There in 1861 in answer to President Lincoln’s call for one hundred thousand volunteers for three years’ service in the suppression of the rebellion, he enlisted and went to the front as a member of Company E Twenty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  He was with his command in Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama and participated in nearly all the actions in which it was engaged.  At Belmont he was wounded, a ball passing through his hand.  At the expiration of three years, he re-enlisted, becoming a member of the One Hundred and Forty-ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, with which he remained until the close of the war, when he was honorably discharged.

            After the War, Mr. Snowden resided for some time in Iowa.  From there he removed to Concordia, Kansas, and engaged in the drug business, and was thus occupied at that place until 1874, the year he came to California.  His first location in this state was in Santa Cruz County, where he opened a drug store.  He remained there, however, only a short time, coming thence to Auburn.  Here he engaged in the drug business and was very successful.  Having for his motto “Live and let live,” he conducted his store on a liberal basis, and soon acquired a large trade.  From time to time he made investments in property, acquiring both city and farm realty.  His residence is modern and attractive, is located on top of a hill, and commands a pleasing view of the town.

            Mr. Snowden has been twice married.  In 1871 he wedded a Mrs. Jackson, with whom he lived most happily until her death in 1889.  She left no children.  On the 13th of May, 1891, he married Miss Bertha E. Meyer, and the following year on the queen’s birthday, a little daughter was born whom they named Frances Victoria, and who is now the sunshine of their home.

            Mr. Snowden has all his life harmonized with the Republican Party, not however, being active as a politician.  For a number of years he has served the town of Auburn as a trustee.  He is identified with the Masonic fraternity.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 475-476. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.




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