Trafalgar Township Historical Society hosted Howard Simkover’s November presentation on G. A. Snider, The G. A. Snider presentation was a result of Howard’s interest in genealogy and local history.
In 2010, a building on Bank St., Ottawa, was removed opening a space between buildings that revealed a sign (G.A. Snider, Photographer) painted on the side of a 3-story, red-brick building at the northwest corner of Bank and Slater. The sign launched Howard’s 4 year project to learn more about this largely unknown 19th Century Ottawa photographer.
Howard became intrigued with this sign. Who was G.A Snider? What brought him to Ottawa Howard became intrigued with this sign. Who was G.A Snider? What brought him to Ottawa and when? Where did he live? Did he marry and have children? What has happened to his descendants?
George Albert Snider was born in 1856 in Trafalgar Township. A few years later, he moved with his parents to Brantford, where, as a teenager, he developed an interest in photography. He moved to Montreal in 1875 and opened a photographic studio. He died in Montreal in 1940.
More details of Howard’s talk are available in the next Member’s Newsletter.