Rendol Snell - Writer and Publisher of the Marmora Herald


Rendol Snell was born in 1868, near Newark, Ontario (south of Woodstock, On.) and died 1933,  buried in theGillis Family plot in Stratford's Avondale Cemetery. 

Mr. Snell was principal of the Marmora Public School for several years before purchasing the Herald.  He also became an expert at conducting merchandising sales for merchants and soon discovered he preferred to devote more time to sales than publishing.   Following his purchase of the Marmora Advocate from the original owner, Zed Lafontaine, he was also appointed the first clerk of the village,


In 1905 the Marmora Herald was in the Arcade Building on Main Street, which was located south of Reginald Street on Main Street.    The whole block was lost in a fire that year andSnell lost everything,  asdid other merchants.

"The Review particularly extends its sincere sympathy to Bro. Snell, of the Herald, in his loss, "knowing how it is ourselves"
Since the above was put in type, a note has been received by The Review from Mr. Rendol lost everything, amounting to about $3,000. with no insurance. Through our columns Mr. Snell wishes to say to Herald readers that at present he has no definite announcement to make, but that he will in a short time give them information as to the future."



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Rendol Snell married Christine Patience, born in 1866, to Donald Patience and Catharine Reid Patience (born More).           They had 2 children: 

John Leroy (Roy) Snell, son of Rendol snell

1.   John Leroy (Roy) Snell Born Oct 31 1890 in Darlington Twsp, Durham County,  Died Mar 28 1955 in St. Thomas, ON,   married Essie Irene McWilliams (1894-1979)
One son: Snell, Charles Rendol, Born May 19 1920 in St. Catherines,ON, Died Dec 24 1978 in Goderich,  ON; buried at Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia,,,ON

Mines & Mining by RendolSnell, 1901    Click here to read on line            


2.  Gladys Snell   Dec. 1895-1953   born in Marmora    ( married James Gillis (1884-1939)  , Died Jun 03 1953 in Stratford,,,ON; buried at Avondale   Cemetery- two daughters,  one of whom married William Tousignant (1916-1978 )The otherisMargaretGillis Pickens

Gladys Snell Gillis, daughter of rendol snell



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