M, b. circa 1825
- Birth*: Samuel Smith was born circa 1825 at Ireland.1
- Immigration*: He immigrated in 1833 to USA.2
- Naturalization*: He was naturalized.2
- Marriage*: He married Bridget McIntyre, daughter of Edward McIntyre and Ann (?) (?).1,2
- Census, State 1855*: Samuel Smith and Bridget McIntyre appeared on the census of 1855 at New York City, New York County, New York, USA.2
- Occupation*: Samuel Smith was a sadler, i.e., someone who makes saddles. on 19 June 1855.2
Family: Bridget McIntyre b. c 1825
- [S2857] Laura Murphy DeGrazia, Irish Relative and Friends, 1850-1871: "Of Mary McIntyre, a native of the Parish of Kilmacteige, County Sligo, who married Hugh McGlauhin, of County Meath, Ireland. Also of her sister Bridget, who married Samuel Smith, an American by birth. When last hear from, they resided in the State of New York. Any information of them will be thankfully received by their brother, Patrick McIntyre, who lately arrived, by writing to him in care of Patrick Foy, 81 Baxter Street, New York."
- [S2858] 1855 New York State Census, New York City, New York, Ancestry.com, Accessed by Dolly Purcell, July 2020.
M, d. before 1915
- Name Variation: Unknown Smith was also known as Smyth.
- Marriage*: He married Mary Reilly.1
- Death*: Unknown died before 1915.2
Family: Mary Reilly b. c 1878
F, d. 1986
M, b. 7 November 1914, d. 30 December 2008
- Birth*: Martin Snipper was born on 7 November 1914 at New York City, New York County, New York, USA.3,4
- Name Variation: As of 7 November 1914, Martin Snipper was also known as Martin Cohen.4
- Marriage*: He married Betty Jane Artiga, daughter of Ricardo Ayala Artiga and Mercedes McIntyre, on 12 June 1964 at Alameda County, California, USA.1,4,5
- Occupation*: Martin Snipper was the San Francisco Arts Commission Director.2
- Residence*: He lived circa 2008 at Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA.4
- Death*: He died on 30 December 2008 at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA, at age 94.
Martin Snipper, S. F. backer of public art, dies
Martin Snipper, a longtime champion of public art who brought a populist philosophy to the San Francisco Arts Commission as its top administrator for 13 years, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his Haight-Ashbury home. He was 94.
Mr. Snipper was an artist and traveler with a storied past: He put himself through art school to become a painter with the Works Progress Administration, taught painting to Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and kept traveling through his retirement, celebrating his 89th birthday in Cuba with his second wife, Betty. At first a painter, he later worked mostly in sculpting, said son Rossi Snipper of Minneapolis.
"He was all about finding that passion in you and doing it," his son said. "He was a pretty independent thinker - he knew what he felt about things, and could be pretty candid about it."
Mr. Snipper is best known in San Francisco for expanding the Arts Commission during his tenure as executive director from 1967 to 1980, and for helping shepherd the Neighborhood Arts Program into existence 40 years ago. Now known as the Community Arts and Education Program, it takes a grassroots approach to art - funding artists and organizations to work in community settings - and has inspired similar programs in cities across the country. San Francisco's program continues to bring writers into public schools, oversee the city's publicly owned cultural centers, and fund art programs and events.
"He took the commission from being a sleepy operation ... and transformed arts in this town to a place it had never been before," said Stephen Goldstine, who ran the Neighborhoods Art Program under Mr. Snipper and later became president of the San Francisco Art Institute. "He was a person of unusual vitality - into his 90s he was still driving his truck to a stone yard in San Mateo to pick up marble. Up until months before his death, he was still a remarkable artist."
Mr. Snipper also ran the now-defunct Summer Pops concerts for 13 years, and the city's annual Arts Festival for 12 years before that. And he secured federal money that allowed the Art Commission to embark on a number of projects that still exist today, such as neighborhood art festivals, community gardens, the program that licenses street artists, and the Arts Commission Gallery.
"A number of the incredibly rich art festivals that still exist in San Francisco came out of the Neighborhood Art Program," said John Kreidler, who worked under Mr. Snipper as an intern at the Arts Commission in 1974 and went on to direct a similar program in Alameda. "The whole neighborhood arts movement started under Martin Snipper's Art Commission. His legacy is this whole populist movement of using artists and San Francisco's artists in particular to serve the broad population."
Mr. Snipper was born Martin Cohen in New York City in 1914 and grew up in Los Angeles. During the Great Depression, he rode the rails back to New York with just $5 in his pocket to attend the National Academy of Art, where he met his first wife, Ethel Weiner. Mr. Snipper applied to the academy twice to ensure he would be accepted: once under his given name and once under his mother's maiden name. When he was accepted as Martin Snipper, he adopted the name permanently.
After he and Weiner were married, they moved to the Los Angeles area, where their daughter, Marlin, was born. She died in 1986. Mr. Snipper came to San Francisco during World War II to work in the shipyards; his family joined him not long after and his son was born in 1949. He and his wife divorced in 1950, and he met Betty Hamilton in 1959, marrying her in 1964. The Snippers spent much of their time in recent years traveling the world, Rossi Snipper said.
In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Snipper is survived by his sister, Pearl Persily of Vallejo; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
No memorial is planned.
San Francisco Chronicle, January 3, 2009.2,4,3
Family 2: Betty Jane Artiga b. 16 Feb 1923, d. 26 Mar 2013
- [S1768] Patricia Morales Tijerino, "Re: A descendant of Patrick McIntyre in El Salvadore...," e-mail to Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, July 15, 2013, Sent at 10:51 p.m.
- [S1784] San Francisco Chronicle, March 31, 2013, Accessed August 9, 2013 online at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary-print.aspx
- [S309] US Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current, Ancestry.com, Martin Snipper, database on-line, accessed August 9, 2013.
- [S1785] San Francisco Chronicle, January 3, 2009, http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/…, Accessed August 9, 2013.
- [S1105] California Marriage Index, online http://search.ancestry.com, Martin Snipper and Elizabeth J. Artiga, accessed August 11, 2013.
F, b. circa 1876
Anna Maria Soden1
F, b. circa 1898
- Birth*: Anna Maria Soden was born circa 1898 at County Cavan, Ireland.1
- (Witness) Census: She appeared on the census of 1901 in the household of Rose Sullivan at Drummuck, Stradone, County Cavan, Ireland.1
- (Witness) Census: Anna Maria Soden appeared on the census of 1911 in the household of Patrick Soden at Kilnacreevy, Stradone, County Cavan, Ireland.2
F, b. circa 1902
F, b. circa 1863
- Birth*: Margaret Soden was born circa 1863 at County Cavan, Ireland.1
- (Witness) Census: She appeared on the census of 1901 in the household of Patrick Soden at Kilnacreevy, Stradone, County Cavan, Ireland.1
- (Witness) Census: Margaret Soden appeared on the census of 1911 in the household of Patrick Soden at Kilnacreevy, Stradone, County Cavan.2
Mary E. Soden1
F, b. circa 1905
M, b. circa 1866, d. after 1915
- Birth*: Patrick Soden was born circa 1866 at County Cavan, Ireland.1
- Marriage*: He married Rose Reilly circa 1896.2
- Occupation*: Patrick Soden was farmer's son in 1901.1
- (Witness) Census: He appeared on the census of 1901 in the household of Patrick Soden at Kilnacreevy, Stradone, County Cavan, Ireland.1
- (Witness) Census: Patrick Soden appeared on the census of 1911 in the household of Patrick Soden at Kilnacreevy, Stradone, County Cavan.2
- Death*: Patrick died after 1915.3
Family: Rose Reilly b. 1880, d. 14 Aug 1954
- [S1218] 1901 Irish Census, County Cavan, Stradone, Kilnacreevy, Dublin, Line 11, Accessed September 4, 2010, http://www.nationalarchives.ie/
- [S1219] 1911 Irish Census, County Cavan, Stradone, Kilnacreevy, Dublin, Line 8, Accessed September 4, 2010, http://www.nationalarchives.ie/
- [S293] Probate Court of Cook County no. 23559 (Doc. 148, page 543), Proof of Heirship, May 10, 1915.
- [S1215] 1901 Irish Census, County Cavan, Stradone, Drummuck, Dublin, Line 11, Accessed online http://www.nationalarchives.ie/, September 4, 2010.