MANTUA, Ohio The childhood home of President Lorenzo Snow and his sister Eliza R. Snow has been recognized by the Ohio Historical Society with the placement of a historical marker.
Unveiled July 9 in a special ceremony at the home, the marker recognizes the Oliver and Rosetta Snow family for the historic significance of their lives in the community's history.
Attending the unveiling ceremony were Nick and Linda Ehlert, current owners of the property; Cynthia Snow Banner, a great-granddaughter of Lorenzo Snow; community leaders; Ohio Historical Society representative Jody Blankenship; and members of the Warren and Hiram wards.
President Walter Selden of the Kirtland Ohio Stake presided over the ceremony, which included the unveiling of the marker and recognition of the Snows who moved to the area from Massachusetts in 1805.
Also on the program were the adult choir and Primary children from the Hiram Ward who sang the hymns, "Though Deepening Trials," "O My Father," and "In Our Lovely Deseret," written by Eliza.
Sister Banner spoke of her great-grandfather and Eliza as "having developed their character and the extraordinary type of people they were here" in this home built by Oliver Snow in 1815.
"It is easy to imagine all the Snows climbing the trees and fences. I have a feeling the Ehlerts will feel the spirit of the family here. It's been a dream of mine to have this marker placed for recognition of this wonderful pioneer family," she said.
The Snow home has been meticulously restored by the Ehlerts who say they are passionate about history and wanted a home of historical significance.
The work to restore the building and have it recognized by the Ohio Historical Society began in 2001 when they purchased the home.
Sister Banner's dream and the Ehlerts' desire were brought to fruition with help from friends, Cheryl and Richard McClellan of Chesterland, Ohio, of the Chardon Branch of the Kirtland stake. They began work with the state historical society in 2003 during Ohio's Bicentennial year.
During the last two years, the Ehlerts refurbished the interior and exterior. Youth of the Hiram and Warren wards scraped and painted a picket fence and helped paint the house.
The Snows were the 11th family to settle in Mantua. Oliver purchased land in the northwest section of the township and built a log cabin for his family that included his wife, Rosetta, and two daughters, Leonora and Eliza. They were soon joined by two more girls, Amanda and Melissa.
Lorenzo was born in 1814. A larger home was built across the road in 1815 where two more children were born, Lucius and Samuel.
Oliver, an educated man who served as justice of the peace and county commissioner, had a friend, Sidney Rigdon, who introduced Oliver and his family to Joseph Smith.
Eliza joined the Church in 1835 and moved to Kirtland. Oliver and Rosetta became members in 1836 after selling their farm and home in Mantua and moving to Kirtland. Lorenzo was baptized that summer after the dedication of the Kirtland Temple.