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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Snarr (1852-1925)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Hessen, Germany on 9 April 1852, he immigrated to Canada in 1866, initially settling for 12 years at Tavistock, Upper Canada (Ontario) before moving to Manitoba. He arrived via riverboat, first settling at the Hope Farm, three miles north of Morris. There he farmed 1,200 acres and was a noted exhibitor of crops and soils, winning awards at seed fairs in Winnipeg, Chicago, and Kansas City.

Active in the community, he served as a Justice of the Peace, Councillor (1884-1886), and Reeve (1893-1898, 1901-1904) for the Rural Municipality of Morris, and both helped to organize and was a trustee for the Carleton School District. He left office in December 1904 to a unanimous resolution thanking him for his years of service, guidance, and many improvements across the municipality. On 26 February1884, he married Lydia Daum (1857-1925) and had five children: Mary Elizabeth Louisa “Lizzie” Snarr (1886-1953), Edwin Henry Snarr (1889-1982), John Valentine Snarr (1891-1984), Matilda Anna Snarr (1891-1894), and Charles Fredrick Snarr (1894-1986). He was a member of the Masons (King Solomon Lodge No. 8).

In early April 1925, he suffered an injury from a bull and, though appearing to make a good recovery, he died of cardiac arrest on 25 April 1925 as he entered his dining room for breakfast. He was buried in the Morris Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Reeve Snarr testimonial,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 31 December 1904, page 24.

“Morris prize winners,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 November 1908, page 11.

“Women interested at farm products show,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 February 1924, page 20.

“Morris,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 April 1925, page 20.

“Prominent farmer of Morris dies suddenly,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 April 1925, page 2.

“Henry Snarr, of Morris, is suddenly stricken at home,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 April 1925, page 7.

“Pioneer farmer of Morris dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 April 1925, page 9.

Obituary [Elizabeth Mary Snarr], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 November 1953, page 23.

Furrows in the Valley: A History of the Municipality and its People compiled by the Morris History Book Committee, edited by Lenore Eidse, 1980.

Obituary [Edwin Henry Snarr], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 1982, page 35.

Obituary [John V. Snarr], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 September 1984, page 24.

Obituary [Charles F. Snarr], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 1986, page 27.

FindAGrave, Morris Cemetery.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 December 2014

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