Milton Snodgrass came from humble beginnings. His family moved (by covered
wagon) to Little River, Kansas in 1881. Two years later, his father began
having heart trouble and died in 1887 (he was only 47). In 1894, the
family packed the covered wagons and moved to Manhattan, Kansas so the older
children could attend school at Kansas Agricultural College.
At the end of Milton's first year of college, he was called back to Little
River to take over his cousins farm for six months (due to a death in the
family). He didn't re-start school until the fall of 1896.
The family was living on Leavenworth Street in Manhattan, Kansas and Milton
was working as a post office clerk while he attended school. That is when
he met his future bride, Margaret Jane Minis, who was taking a college refresher
class so she could continue teaching.