Ethan Allen Snyder
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Ethan Allen Snyder was born February 9, 1865, in the beautiful country surrounding Celina, Mercer county, Ohio. His boyhood life was spent on the farm of his father, a thrifty German, who believed that plenty of hard work was the best means of keeping a young lad out of mischief and developing him into a good man. He also saw that the son attended school regularly, and young Snyder secured a liberal education. As he advanced in years and had completed his schooling the young man found that tilling the soil was not so much to his liking as his father would have it, and the result was that he apprenticed himself to an engineer. He applied himself industriously and was soon master of the science of steam and its power.
Mr. Snyder was engaged as a stationary engineer in Dayton when appointed patrolman on the police force, May 7, 1900. He made an efficient officer and his ability was recognized by the department when, on August 1, 1906, he was promoted to sergeant, which position he now holds. Mr. Snyder is happily married and three boys have blessed the union of his wife, Jennie, and himself. The boys are George, Warren and Paul. Sergeant Snyder belongs to the Reformed Church and is affiliated with the I. O. O. F., Tribe of Ben Hur and Modern Woodmen.