Obit: Snyder, Lorenzo (1854 - 1922)

Contact: Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Snyder, Brown, Longenecker

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 10/19/1922

Snyder, Dr. Lorenzo (20 Sept. 1854 - *13 Oct. 1922)*Obituary doesn’t state the exact date of death, this is just an estimate date.

This community was startled Saturday forenoon by the discovery that Dr. L. Snyder, a well-known veterinarian, was found dead in his room in apartment house formerly known as the O.K. Laundry. Dave Snyder, a brother of deceased, came in from the country where he works, and on going to Dr. Snyder’s rooms to call him, found him dead, sitting upright in his chair by the table. A bullet hole near his left eye and a revolver lying on the table seemed to explain the manner in which he came to his death. Lying on the table was also a note signed by the deceased, written in a rambling way, yet furnishing a reason for the act. They note stated that he was in poor health and had been for some time; winter is coming on and fuel is high; his health was such that he could not answer night calls, the part of his work that paid best and it was hard to make collections. It was known by his friends that for some weeks pasted he had to turn down nearly all the work that came to him as he was not feeling ale to attend to it.

There is one circumstance; however, which made it seem peculiar that his death had come from his own hand. It was known that he was right-handed; he sat with his left side toward the table and if he held the revolver in his right hand, it seemed improbable that with a 32 caliber bullet in his brain, he could have reached over and laid the revolver on the table. Although tow families live in the same building, no one had heard the shot. It was evident that the man had been dead fully one day. Under the circumstances, it was deemed best to have an inquest. Coroner Taylor of Loyal was telephoned and came down immediately. In the afternoon a jury was subpoenaed and an inquest held. The fact that no motive could be discovered for anyone else committing the deed, the possibility of deceased having held the weapon in his left hand and that it might have fallen over on the table as his hand dropped, lead the jury to conclude that it was suicide, a and they so found in their verdict.

Lorenzo Snyder was born in New York State September 20, 1854. He came to Wisconsin with his parents when quite young and lived for a time near Fond du Lac. Later they moved to the town of York in this county. As a young man he drove horse teams in the lumber woods and was considered an expert in the rare of horses, developing considerable skill in treating sick animals. When Dr. Brown came to Neillsville to practice as veterinarian, deceased began to work with and study the science under Dr. Brown, later passing examination for the profession himself, and for many years had an active practice. He was man of kindly nature, ready to do a good turn. He was so sympathetic that in a business way he did not always charge all that his services were worth especially in dealing with poor people. The funeral was held Tuesday at the Congregational church, Rev. Longenecker officiating. There are left to mourn his death one daughter, Stella, who makes her home with her father, but who was in Milwaukee at the time of his death, one son, Price, in town of York and four brothers, Virgil in Montana, Cyrus, Milton and David in town of York.



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