Dora Florence Wiegman (1880-1933)

Train, circa 1913

Harvard, Nebraska was established in 1871 when the train reached that area. The Wiegman family arrived there about nine years later. Dora Florence Wiegman was born in Harvard, Clay, Nebraska in the short period of time that her family was living there. Her older brother, Edmond, was born in Ohio in Spring 1879 and her younger sister, Viva, was born in Ohio in 1882, so she was the in-between child born in Nebraska. Her birthday was 8 September 1880 and she was the first girl born to John William and Elmira Hayden (Ross) Wiegman.

In 1900, she was working for her father as a bookkeeper in his Hilio Stove business in Miami Township. She probably also helped with her nine younger siblings.

Dora married Elmer Franklin Snapp on 20 May 1903 in Logan County, Ohio. Elmer was a teacher living in Bellefontaine when they married.

In the years between 1900 and the next census in 1910, the couple moved to Harrison and had two children. Frederick Vernon was born 2 January 1904 and Elizabeth Hayden was born 16 May 1906. Elizabeth died 10 January of 1910 of nephritis and was buried in the Huber Cemetery in De Graff. Elmer was listed as a foreman of an elevator company.

Elmer was a farmer in the 1920 census. Elmer and Dora had another son, Dwight Wilson, born on 20 July 1912. Elmer died 8 May 1924 of heart failure. He was buried in the Huber Cemetery.

Dora was living in De Graff, Logan, Ohio in the 1930 census with her two sons, Vernon and Wilson. She was living just a few doors down from her sister, Huldah. Dora died three years later on 31 December 1933 in De Graff. She was buried in the Huber Cemetery with Elmer.

Elmer and Dora had the following children:

  • Frederick Vernon Snapp, born 2 January 1904 in Ohio and died 14 September 1986 in Bellefontaine, Logan, Ohio.
  • Elizabeth Hayden Snapp, born 16 May 1906 in Ohio and died 10 January 1910 in Harrison, Logan, Ohio.
  • Dwight Wilson Snapp, born 20 July 1912 in Ohio and died on 24 November 1936 in Delaware, Delaware, Ohio.

Train photo. Harris & Ewing, photographer. [Train]. [Between 1913 and 1917] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (

U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Miami, Logan, Ohio; e.d. 0117, p. 11A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1910; Location: Harrison, Logan, Ohio; e.d. 0123, p. 1A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1920; Location: Harrison, Logan, Ohio; e.d. 184, p. 8B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1930; Location: De Graff, Logan, Ohio; e.d. 0019, p. 1B.

Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993, database online. Operations, Inc. Elmer F. Snapp/Dora Florence Wiegman, marriage, 20 May 1903.

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, database with images. Citing Harrison, Logan, Ohio, FHL film 1,927,279, reference no. 3476. Elizabeth Hayden Snapp.

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, database with images. Citing Bellefontaine, Logan, Ohio, FHL film 1,992,498, reference no. 29307. Elmer F. Snapp.

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, database with images. Citing De Graff, Logan, Ohio, FHL film 1,992,984, reference no. 40028. Dora Florence Snapp.


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