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Family: Andrew SNOWDEN/Velma Ruth RILEY (F2)

m. 30 Aug 1941


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  • Father | Male
    Andrew SNOWDEN

    Born  5 Apr 1919  Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  15 Jan 1998  , ,Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  12 May 2008  Milford, Livingston County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  30 Aug 1941  Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Elaine LITTLE | F69 
    Married     
    Father  Emerson SNOWDEN | F3 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Ann Graham MURDOCK | F3 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Velma Ruth RILEY

    Born  2 Jan 1921  Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  25 Feb 2008  Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  12 May 2008  Milford, Livingston County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Joseph Leo RILEY | F4 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Kate Titania MATWEYCHUK | F4 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Male
    Living

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    Spouse  Living | F1 
    Married     

    Child 2 | Female
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    Spouse  Fred OWENS | F34 
    Married     
    Spouse  Gary MACADOO | F138 
    Married     

  • Photos
    Wedding photo of Andy and Velma, standing with Joe and Kate Riley, parents of Velma.
    Wedding photo of Andy and Velma, standing with Joe and Kate Riley, parents of Velma.
    Wedding Photo of Velma and Andy
    Wedding Photo of Velma and Andy
    This photograph was taken just inside the Grace Presbyterial Church, located in Detroit, Michigan, on 30 August 1941.
    Andy and Velma, photo taken in 1995
    Andy and Velma, photo taken in 1995
    Andy, Velma and Ronnie Snowden
    Andy, Velma and Ronnie Snowden
    Photo was taken ca. 1951 in front of the Riley family home, located at 15730 Ward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan.
    Andy and Ron 'pounding a door' in the Stroh's Brewery 'kettles'
    Andy and Ron "pounding a door" in the Stroh's Brewery "kettles"
    During the 1970's Andy and Ron were masonry contractors in Michigan. Andy's brother George acquired the P.H. Piper Company--a firm that had done the construction work for the Stroh's Brewery Company since the early 1930's. Andy and Ron would work at the Brewery during the winter, relining their brewing kettles with firebrick.
    Andy Snowden carrying ladder
    Andy Snowden carrying ladder
    In about 1953 Andy built a cottage on Vineyard Lake, near Brooklyn, Michigan. Next door, seen to the left of Andy, his father Emerson built a cabin too. Emerson later built yet another cabin with a great view of the lake.
    Ron and Andy at the Hi Dawson Ford Dealership--31 October 1946
    Ron and Andy at the Hi Dawson Ford Dealership--31 October 1946
    This photo was taken by the salesman. See the invoice above for more information.
    Funeral Memorial boxes for Andy and Velma
    Funeral Memorial boxes for Andy and Velma
    Their son Ron built these two memorial boxes for the remains of Andy and Velma to be buried in.
    Velma and Andy's burial
    Velma and Andy's burial
    The funeral service for Velma was conducted by family at a local church. The burial was scheduled for the following Monday, but the grave digger failed to open the grave. He was contacted, and came out--digging the grave while Sherry, Linda and Ron waited. A personal gravesite service was held. Both Andy and Velma were buried in the same grave; to which Sherry included the remains of the small dog that Velma had come to love.
    Family photo after the funeral of Velma Riley Snowden
    Family photo after the funeral of Velma Riley Snowden
    left to right: Pat Riley, Cary Snowden, Sherry Snowden, Ron Snowden, Dan Marshall, Betty Marshall, Jim Marshall, Sandi Snowden and Scott Snowden.

    Photo taken on the front porch of the Betty and Jim Marshall home in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
    Ron and Andy just back from a fishing trip
    Ron and Andy just back from a fishing trip
    Nearly every Sunday, the family would go deep sea fishing on the Charter Boat "Blue Marlin" out of the Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, Florida. On this day Andy caught a 47 pound sail fish. Ronnie fished a little, but didn't have the strength to reel in the catch and was quickly relieved. He also suffered from motion sickness, and was usually sick most of the time. But...memories are fondest after they are over!

    Documents
    Invoice for 1946 Ford Deluxe Tudor
    Invoice for 1946 Ford Deluxe Tudor
    During WW2 all critical items were rationed. This included things like butter, sugar, tires, and even toys such as bicycles and wagons. Auto plants were converted to produce tanks, airplanes, jeeps and similar items to support the war. On October 31st, 1946 Andy took Ronnie to the Hi Dawson Ford Dealership and purchased a new Ford. It was truly deluxe, and included such niceties as colored wheels, a hot water heater to keep the interior of the vehicle warm, a side (outside) mirror, a spare tire, and chrome wheel rings.

    Before going in, Andy gave Ronnie his $669 cash down payment, and safely placed it in his pocket. When the deal was consummated, Andy told Ronnie "Pay the Guy." Ronnie then pulled out the money and paid the salesman--to everyone's astonishment.

    Notice that Andy made payments of $43.06 for fifteen months on the balance owed.

    This was one of those stories that will always be remembered in the Snowden family. In a time when this sort of thing was simply not done.