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Edward Henderson Snyder Jr (1871 - 1952)

Edward Henderson Snyder Jr
Born in York, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Died at age 81 in Hanover, York, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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In the 1920's, Eda (Fridinger) and Edward Snyder II began frying potato chips in a kettle at their home on Centennial Avenue during the summer months and peddling the home cooked snack door-to-door and to fairs and farmers' markets. They used a miniature Pennsylvania Dutch slaw cutter called a "little shave," which was just the right size to slice potatoes into a black iron kettle of lard over a fire in their home.

Their son, William V. Snyder, and his wife Helen, made angel food cakes in their basement for local stores. In 1923 - 1924, the families combined their home businesses and Snyder's Bakery took up residence at the rear of 238 Centennial Avenue., opened their first pretzel bakery with sons, Edward and Bill.

Edward and Bill Snyder helped change the bakery into making potato chips. In a unique product combination, the bakery produced noodles to use the egg yolks left over from the angel food cakes. This efficient process continued into the 1960s, when the automated process for snack production took over. William V. Snyder started modernizing the company in 1940 with the construction of a new plant on Lafayette and Granger Streets. By 1948, the Hanover location had doubled in size and the Snyder's opened a second plant in Berlin, Pennsylvania. The company was sold in 1961 to the Hanover Canning.

He married Eda J Fridinger about 1895. Edward passed away in 1952. [1]

Year: 1900; Census Place: Hanover Ward 4, York, Pennsylvania[2]

  • 318 Centennial Ave
  • Edward Snyder head, 29/m, Apr 1871, md 5yrs, PA/PA/PA, brick mfg
  • Edith J Snyder wife, 25/f, Jul 1874, md 5 yrs, 3births/3living, MD/MD/MD
  • Secilia W Snyder dau, 5/f, Feb 1895, PA/PA/MD
  • Edward H Snyder son, 3/m, Oct 1896, PA/PA/MD
  • Anna M Snyder dau, 2/f, Apr 1898, PA/PA/MD

Year: 1910; Census Place: Hanover Ward 4, York, Pennsylvania[3]

  • 340 Centennial Avenue
  • Edward H Snyder Jr head, 39/m, md1 15yrs, PA/PA/PA, manager, brick yard
  • Eda J Snyder wife, 35/f, md1 15yrs, 7births/7living, MD/MD/MD
  • Cecillia W Snyder dau, 15/f, PA/PA/MD, school
  • Edward H Snyder son, 13/m, PA/PA/MD, school
  • Anna M Snyder dau, 12/f, PA/PA/MD, school
  • William B Snyder son, 8/m, PA/PA/MD, school
  • Isabel R Snyder dau, 6/f, PA/PA/MD, school
  • Lillie May Snyder dau, 4/f, PA/PA/MD
  • Edythe J Snyder dau, 1/f, PA/PA/MD

Year: 1920; Census Place: Hanover Ward 4, York, Pennsylvania[4]

  • Edward H Snyder head, 48/m, md, PA/PA/PA, manufacturer, brick
  • Eda Snyder wife, 45/f, md, MD/MD/MD
  • Edward Snyder son, 23/m, PA/PA/MD, weaver silk mill
  • William Snyder son, 17/m, PA/PA/MD, gluer, furniture factory
  • Anna Snyder dau, 21/f, PA/PA/MD
  • Isabel Snyder dau, 15/f, school, PA/PA/MD
  • Lillie Snyder dau, 13/f, school, PA/PA/MD
  • Edythe Snyder dau, 11/f, school, PA/PA/MD

Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1967[5]

  • Name: Edward Snyder Jr
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: White
  • Age: 81
  • Birth Date: 5 Apr 1871
  • Birth Place: York County, Pennsylvania
  • Death Date: 17 Oct 1952
  • Death Place: Hanover, York, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Father: Edward Snyder
  • Mother: Anna Marie Smaling
  • Informant: Edw H Snyder III
  • Certificate Number: 91434
  • Passed away at home, 238 Centennial Ave, Hanover, PA


  1. Find A Grave: Memorial #59844894 Edward Henderson Snyder, Jr
  2. Year: 1900; Census Place: Hanover Ward 4, York, Pennsylvania; Page: 2; Enumeration District: 0151; FHL microfilm: 1241501; Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. [1]
  3. Year: 1910; Census Place: Hanover Ward 4, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1433; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0062; FHL microfilm: 1375446; Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. [2]
  4. Year: 1920; Census Place: Hanover Ward 4, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1668; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 61; Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.[3]
  5. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1967 ; Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. [4]

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