Rowland Warren or Zechariah Snow or Mayhew

Male Abt 1850 - 1912  (~ 62 years)


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  • Name Rowland Warren or Zechariah Snow or Mayhew 
    Born Abt 1850  Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Mar 1912  Oakland, Alameda County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I272008481330  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2014 

    Father Edward Snow,   b. 1806, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1860  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Mary A Allen,   b. Abt 1807, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1827  Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7465105214  Group Sheet

    Family May B Barrows,   b. Abt 1815, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1900  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Children 
     1. Gertrude W Snow,   b. Abt 1878, California Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2013 
    Family ID F246729425304  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1850 - Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Mar 1912 - Oakland, Alameda County, California Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 1850 Census Providence Ward 6, Providence, Rhode Island as Rowland W SNOW
      1860 Census Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts as Roland W SNOW living with Joshua H SNOW and wife Lucinda W Snow. How related, unsure. It states he was born in Massachusetts as they were. No other children.
      1870 Census Chicago Ward 13, Cook, Illinois as Roland SNOW living with James and Hannah BARROWS. Occupation Sewing Machinist
      1880 Census Oakland, Alameda, California as Roland SNOW; occupation Hardware Merchant.
      1900 Census Oakland Ward 4, Alameda, California as Roland SNOW; widowed living with the Goodhue family. His daughter is with him.Occupation is Mayor
      1910 Census Rawhide, Esmeralda, Nevada as Roland SNOW; occupation Superintendant of Gold Mine
    • Snow was born on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in 1850 and adopted by shipbuilder Joshua Snow at the age of four. He moved to Chicago when he was eighteen and to Oakland seven years later, in 1875. He was elected as the first city auditor and assessor under the new charter of 1889 and served in these offices until becoming mayor. In 1899 Snow was the nominee of the Citizens' Municipal League (also endorsed by the Republicans) and ran on a platform of municipal ownership of utilities, particularly the water supply, consolidation of city and county governments, and an end to private control of the waterfront; he garnered 5,716 votes to 3,913 for John L. Davie (Democrat and Independent), 249 for Populist Alexander Hoenisch; 243 for Socialist Labor Party candidate J.H. Eustice, and 86 for Prohibitionist Dr. W.O. Buckland. Snow had been a wholesale hardware and plumbing merchant in San Francisco before becoming mayor, and he resided at 672 14th St. (demolished) from 1880 to 1896, but resided at 914 8th St. (demolished) as mayor. He was not related to Henry Snow, the eponym of Snow Park or the old Snow Museum.

      Snow's life came to an extremely bizarre ending on the night of March 27, 1912, when he and Adolph Goldman, a San Francisco clothing merchant, murdered each other in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church at Clay and Thirteenth Streets. This duel, which occurred just as the Wednesday evening prayer meeting was about to commence, was the "closing chapter of a strange history watched by and involving many prominent men, a history which for strangeness and grotesque tragedy outrivals the weird studies of erotics made by Havelock Ellis," as the Tribune exclaimed on its front page the following day. For some two weeks before the tragedy, the former mayor had been living under an assumed name at the Merritt Hotel at Ninth and Franklin Streets, and had been exchanging letters threatening murder with Goldman. Snow had asked for protection from the district attorney and had had his mail routed through the chief of police, while Goldman had hired a San Francisco private detective to help him physically locate Snow. When the detective learned that Snow regularly attended the Congregational Church, which he had once served as president of its trustees, it was just a matter of time before the fatal attack occurred.

      Snow and Goldman had first met in 1900, when the former was mayor and the latter, a native of Constantinople and a new arrival in Oakland from New York, owned a clothing store on Washington St. between Eighth and Ninth Streets. Goldman had reportedly approached the mayor for a letter of introduction so that he could visit some wealthy relatives in China, and his extraordinary infatuation with Snow resulted from their very first meeting. In 1904 Goldman shot at and badly injured Snow in the Clarendon Hotel in San Francisco after accusing his daughter of trying to end their friendship; he was eventually found guilty of assault with intent to commit murder and sentenced to five years in San Quentin, but he was released in March 1906 after less than a year of incarceration. Six more years of personal tumult between the two men followed before the fatal duel. Snow was cremated and his ashes interred next to those of his deceased wife in Ventura County; the remains of the 38-year-old Goldman were buried in Salem Cemetery in San Mateo County.

    • Description: May B is my grandmother's (gertrude) mother. May's maiden name was Barrows.
      Roland Snow was born Zechariah Mayhew. He was adopted as his father was not a good father.
      May came out to California with her family for the good climate for their health. Roland Snow followed them out from Martha's Vineyard to marry May.

      Catherine Pope
      popecathy@gmail.com
      02/17/2014


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