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Edmund Francis Snow
 Edmund Francis Snow, 1841-

From American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition. This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Graves & Steinbarger, 1891.


EDMUND FRANCIS SNOW, a well-known merchant of Dorchester and a veteran of the Civil War, was born in North Bridgewater (now Brockton), July 15, 1841, a son of Martin and Anna (Wilbur) Snow. He is a grandson of Jonathan Snow, a representative of an old Colonial family of Cape Cod.

Martin Snow was born in North Bridgewater in the year 1800. During the early part of his active period he was a farmer, but later he engaged in the manufacture of boots and shoes.

He was a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal church at North Bridgewater for many years. His wife, Anna, was a daughter of Isaiah Wilbur, of North Easton, and of an old Massachusetts family. They had ten children, of whom nine reached maturity. They were as follows: Julia Ann, who married Warren Homes, of Dorchester; Olive L., who became the wife of Austin Packard, of North Bridgewater, and subsequently married Austin H. Snow, of North Bridgewater; Lucretia, who died at the age of two years; Harriet W., who married Benjamin K. Martis (now deceased), of Foxboro; Ellen Sabrina, who married Isaac Osborne, of East Bridgewater; Martin Wesley, who died at the age of twenty-one years; Theodore Nelson, now a resident of Dorchester; Shepard Wilbur, now a resident of Dorchester; and Edmund Francis, the subject of this sketch. The mother of these children died at the age of fifty-one years in 1853; and Martin Snow married for his second wife Mrs. Eliza Barnefield, by whom he had one child, Anna Maria, who died at the age of eighteen years. The second Mrs. Martin Snow survived her husband eighteen years, he dying in 1876 and she in 1894. She had two sons by a former marriage, namely: Thomas P. Barnefield, formerly City Solicitor of Providence, R. I., who died in 1899; and Walter, of Pawtucket, R. I.

Edmund F. Snow, after completing his school studies in North Bridgewater, assisted his father in the boot and shoe manufacture till reaching the age of eighteen years. He then applied himself to learn the cabinet maker's trade, serving an apprenticeship of three years. In 1862, having attained his majority, he enlisted as a private in Company A, Thirty-Fifth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and with his regiment joined the Army of the Potomac. He participated in the battles of South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Knoxville, Campbell Station, in the battles of the Wilderness, North Anna River, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, and the siege of Petersburg, and was present at the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. At the mine in front of Petersburg he received a wound in the head from grape-shot which confined him to the hospital for three months; but subsequently he rejoined his regiment, and was with it till the close of the war, receiving an honorable discharge in June, 1865. After his return home he resumed his trade, and followed it till 1876. In that year he started in the grocery business, which he followed for two years, and in 1878, in company with his brother, Shepard W. established a grocery store at the corner of Beach and South Streets. Two years later they removed to 176 South Street, where they carried on an extensive business for about fifteen years; and during this time they also established two stores in Dorchester and one in Dedham. In September, 1896, they gave up the South Street store. At the present time they have a large store at the corner of Park and Adams Streets, one at the corner of Norfolk and Edison Streets, and one on High Street, Dedham. In their Norfolk Street store they have added provisions. Mr. Snow's success is self-achieved, and is the result of determined and persistent effort directed, by a wise foresight and a thorough knowledge of all the conditions governing the grocery and provision trade.

Mr. Snow has been called upon to take an active part in public life. He served in the Massachusetts Legislature in 1883 and 1884, in 1883 being a member of the Committee on Military Affairs and in the following year chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs and a member of the Committee on Cities. In 1888 and 1889 he was a member of the Common Council of Boston. Politically, he is a Republican of firm adherence to his party's principles. Among the societies and fraternal orders with which he is connected are: Post No. 68 G.A.R., of Dorchester, of which he was Commander in 1891; the Knights of Honor; the Royal Arcanum; and the Pilgrim Fathers. He has been president of the Chickatawbut Club of Boston and is a member of the Shawmut Real Estate Association of Dorchester.

He was married December 25,1868, to Miss Mary Weymouth of Dorchester, daughter of Gilman M. and Martha Weymouth. The only child born of this union died in infancy. The mother died in 1872; and Mr. Snow married for his second wife, June 3, 1874, Miss Mary T. Woodman, daughter of Alfred Woodman, of Portland. She became the mother of two children, both of whom died in infancy. Mr. Snow contracted a third matrimonial alliance October 15, 1879, with Cora A. Ruggles, of Quincy, Mass., by whom he has three children: Florence Baker, born in 1881; Edmund Francis, Jr., born in 1884; and Robert Jordan, born in 1891. Florence B. was graduated from the Dorchester High School, and enters Wellesley College in 1900. The other two children are members of the Dorchester Grammar School.

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