Was adopted by Loren Snider and Josephine Eschenbacher.
Attended Franklin Elementary,
He placed in a local school contest "Charles Russell Essay"
contest. And had his picture taken for the local "Great
Falls Tribune" newspaper sometime in the first week
of March 1975. His essay was read by Governor Thomas
Judge at opening ceremonies for the "Charles Russell
Art Auction" of that same month.
Bridge in Great Falls, Mt. His body was finally recovered
"I LIKE CHARLIE" Winners -
(photo included of the 3 winners)
These three fifth graders were named winners Sunday of the annual
"I like Charlie Russell Essay Contest" sponsored by the
From left, they are Janet Covey of
Russell for their efforts. The awards were presented during a ceremony at the Russell
Museum kicking off the observance of Russell Month promoting the annual Russell Auction
of Western Art, March 20-22. (Tribune photo)
(photo included of sheriff looking on)
Marshall Snider, 12, 425 1st Ave S.W., broke through the
presumed drown shortly before Sunday at a point behind the Pacific Hide and Fur
steel building downriver from the
after the third companion, Jesse
bar to him from the bank. Above, Jim Lynn holds the line tied around patrolman Jim Burkey, who
searched an area at the head of the icepack first believed to be the spot where Snider disappeared.
Later, sheriff's posse divers searched in an area pointed out by Lankford until darkness forced
a halt to the search at (Tribune photo)
MISSING BOY WANTED TO BE LIKE RUSSELL.
Marshall Snider, 12, had hoped to grow up to be
like Charles M. Russell and he wrote about his aspirations in a recent
award-winning essay. But the boys hopes ended Sunday afternoon
when he fell through the ice into the
two companions. His body has not yet
"Even if I can never paint like him (Russell), I would still like to have
the feeling he has towards life" Snider wrote in his essay which was chosen
one of three winners in the city-wide annual "Why I like Charles M. Russell"
contest, March 2.
March 6 was declared Marshall Snider day at
in honor of his achievement. He read his essay before the school's student
body. Snider stated " He (Russell) never was rich but he did what he loved
most which made him rich in other ways".
"When I grow up, I would very much like to be like him".
One of the judges of the contest was Dr. E.S. Edwin, who had been
Russell's physician. After reading all of the essays submitted, Edwin
said that Snider's essay truly captured the real essence of Russell.
Snider's essay reads:
"(Russell) had the courage to come west to unsettled country and to
do what he had always dreamed to do which was paint. He could paint
anything after seeing it once.
He respected the Indians and painted real happenings among them.
He also lived with them so he could understand them better.
He didn't like to kill animals, he loved all living creatures. He figured
all men where equal and he didn't care what color, race or if they were
big or small.
To him, he was only a painter and he loved his work. To me, he was
a great artist and his paintings he left us keeps him alive to everyone
who loves art work of any kind.
He earned his fame through his work and the way he lived his life. He never
was rich but he did what he loved most which made him rich in other ways.
When I grow up I would very much like to be like him.
Even if I can never paint like him, I would still like to have the feelings
he had towards life. That is why I like Charles Marion Russell.
To me, he was good at everything he did. He was a good man and don't let
anyone else tell you different."
WHERE'S THE FIRE?
Monday, 9:30 a.m. - Central Avenue West Bridge, behind malt plant,
assist sheriff's department.
DIVERS SEARCH FOR BODY IN ICY
searching the icy waters of the
before calling a halt in the late afternoon. The search will resume again this morning at
(Related story on page 1 (above)).
Snider, son of Mr. and Mrs. Loren M. Snider,
while playing on the ice floe with two friends.
One of his companions, Ed Burnham, 12,
the ice gave way but he was pulled to
safety by Jesse Lankford, 11,
pushed a piece of steel reinforcing rod to him from the bank.
Divers Frank Tuss, Jim Johnsrud, Steve Fleming, Dennis Polglase, Tony Speck and
JIm Mafera worked in two-man 25-minute shifts under water Monday in the unsuccessful
attempt to recover the body.
The divers were hampered by strong current, numerous ice floes floating downstream
and air tank regulators which continually froze up in the 32 degree water. Johnsrud said the
divers were particularly leery of the floes which nearly trapped one diver beneath the ice
According to reports, Tuss had just entered the water when Johnsrud spotted a huge
ice floe moving downstream. Johnsrud said several divers on the ice hauled Tuss back to
the surface by his safety line and managed to pull him onto the ice just before the floe
rammed into the stationary ice pack, completely closing off the hole which Tuss was diving.
Johnsrud said ice jams upstream and downstream from the point where Snider disappeared
reach to the bottom of the river and it is between these two jams where the search is being
BOY'S BODY FOUND IN RIVER.
A body believed to be that of 12 year old Marshall Snider was found on the north side of the
Snider youth when he and another youngster fell through the river ice while playing March 16.
The second boy was rescued.
The recovery was made after the body had been sighted by Bryce Dorman, 17, a C.M.Russell
student, at about 6.p.m.
The CMR student, who had gone for a walk, went to his home at
and told his mother, Rose. Mrs. Dorman said she went to make sure it was a body, and when she was running to a phone, was stopped by a Montana Power Co. employee, who radioed in the discovery.
The body was taken to a hospital for positive identification.
Graveside services will be Monday at in Havre's
12, fifth grade
drowned March 16.
Memorial services were conducted March 22. Snider was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Loren M. Snider,