GEORGE HOWARD SNYDER JR
Title: 1929 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG ACTIVE STUDENT LIVING THE COMPLETE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AT WASHINGTON AND LEE
Book Condition: Good
Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
Publisher: LEXINGTON VIRGINIA  1929
Seller ID: 0002144
On offer is a very interesting original 1929 manuscript diary handwritten by George Howard Snyder Jr. who kept this diary while attending Washington and Lee University in Lexington Virginia. A steady diarist while at school who stops when he goes home for the summer starting back at the end of August and then with only a few gaps to December 16th. Few diaries will give the college experience in such detail. Here are some snippets: 1929 "January 7th, Just another day in which to pass away time. There was plenty of work to do as I had a few tests to study for. Went down to the hotel and asked Mr. Thelen to read a German Parallel which he did. Had a great time reading it. Received a letter from Betty and mother." "January 21st, Started in on a long week of exams by taking Hygiene. I think that I did fairly well. Had a very poor day. Carl resigned from the University. The rest is just a thing of the past. Was so upset that it was impossible for me to study. Had to study for an exam in history. So did worry about it. Went to bed very late." "January 28th, Stayed around town and just waited for something to do. Finally Fred and I decided to go to Washington. We left here at 2:30 and arrived at D. C. at 8:15 just in time for a show. We saw "Sears" a Warner Time picture or play. Enjoyed it. Had something to east at Union Station. Saw a replica of the first passenger train in the U.S.A." "February 2nd, A beautiful day but nothing to do outside of study. Had a bull session with Ben on marriage! Then we all got into a nice fight with Fred. It ended when he smashed some one in the eye. Retired good and late." "February 17th, Got up early enough to go to church and sure did enjoy the sermon. Wrote a letter to dad and mother. Also received a letter from mother stating Dorothy's poor condition. Sure did upset me. Finally asked Kitty to come down. Took a walk at night. One beautiful night. Went to bed late." "March 2nd, Things were very quiet. Just waiting to receive the score for the game. We lost our chance of a Southern Championship as Mississippi defeated us 50 to 28. Two of our men were forced to leave the game because of fouls. Received letter from mother. Saw a good movie at night, "Wild Orchids". Worked at night." "March 5th, Very sad day as I received a telegram from Betty saying that Dorothy passed away. Sent Mrs. Megorgee a telegram and then wrote Betty a letter. Could not study the rest of the day as I was thinking about her. Sure is sad. Had a hard time to write Betty's letter. Hoovers inauguration." "March 23rd, Had a hard time staying awake in class. Studied and slept some in the afternoon. The "Pony Express Rider" from New Mexico came thru dressed in full cowboy uniform. Went to a fire at night. House burning to the ground. Studied and then went to bed early." "April 17th, A great day for the politician. Starting off with a political rally in the gym. All the candidates speaking. After that it developed into a drunken brawl in the gym. It was the most that I have ever seen. Wrote to mother and Betty. Received a letter from Better. Went to bed late." "September 23rd, Things were dull as usual for the beginning of the week. One of the students was killed in an accident so we held service in the afternoon. Then we formed a double line and marched in front of the casket to the station. We sang the Alma mater as the train pulled out. A very sad affair." "October 30th, Classes went fine. No trouble what so ever. Received C in transportation quiz. Studied a little in the afternoon. Went to the movies and saw the Gold Diggers of Broadway. A great show. Had a good meeting out at the house. Went to bed rather late. Received a letter and some packages from mother." Online Obituary states: "G. Howard Snyder Jr., 82, retired president of a packaging firm and a former savings and loan executive, died Thursday in Rydal Park convalescent center. He lived in Rydal. Mr. Snyder was for many years the president of George H. Snyder Inc., a manufacturer of paper boxes for the tobacco and health-care industries. The firm was first located in North Philadelphia and later in Warrington. The company was founded in the early 1900s by Mr. Snyder's father. Mr. Snyder became president upon his father's death in 1942 and operated the company until he retired and the business was sold in 1970. Mr. Snyder was also a savings and loan executive. He was elected assistant treasurer of the Glenside Building & Loan Association in 1937. In 1953, he was one of the founding directors of the Glenside Federal Savings & Loan and served as its president for 22 years. In 1975, Glenside Savings & Loan merged with Commonwealth Federal Savings & Loan. Mr. Snyder served on the board of directors until he retired in 1981. Mr. Snyder was a founding director of the Mary Bailey Foundation, an organization that supported pioneering Philadelphia heart surgeon Charles P. Bailey, who attended Mr. Snyder's church. The foundation was named for Bailey's adopted daughter, who died on Christmas Day 1949 at the age of 7.Mr. Snyder graduated from Germantown Academy in 1927, and from Washington & Lee University, in Lexington, Va., in 1931.He was a former member of the Union League, and a member, trustee and Sunday school officer of Carmel Presbyterian Church in Glenside. Surviving are his wife, Emily W.; sons, George H. 3d, Thomas A. and Robert D.; six grandchildren, and four great-grandsons." The diary measures about 5 ¼" x 7 ¼" and the first page is tearing away from the binding and the cover itself is a bit loose from the binding but Overall G.
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