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Stanley and Mary Ann Snider Papers

Identifier: P-964

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs, slides, genealogies, scrapbooks and correspondence relating to Stanley and Mary Ann Snider’s families, including the Winer, Kane and Korelitz families. Although the bulk of the collection contains photographs and slides primarily documenting Stanley and Mary Ann Snider’s family vacations, events and business trips, there is also a fair amount of genealogical materials and newspaper clippings that document the various families’ histories, as well as philanthropic ventures.


  • undated, 1902-2013


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

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Biographical Note

The Snider Family

Harry Snider (March 10, 1889 – April 1957) was born in Vilna, Lithuania, to Yacov Levi (Yehuda Leib’Reb Mikhail) Snider and Rose Vinecofshy, and immigrated to the United States in either 1905 or 1912. In 1917, he founded the Massachusetts Lime and Cement Company on underline Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company was later renamed Massachusetts Lumber Company. Also in 1917, he married Lena Korelitz (May 26, 1895 - December 11, 1980) of Lawrence, Massachusetts. They had four children: Sumner (1918 - 1924), who died of diphtheria at the age of six; Eliot (1921 -), who later ran the family business; Stanley, founder of the development company Stanmar, Inc.; and Ruth (1925 - ), a graduate of Abbot Academy and Wellesley College. Ruth Snider married Eliot Bernstein in 1947.

Stanley Walter Snider (April 12, 1927 - ) is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Business School. A United States Navy veteran, Stanley also served on the Board of Beth Israel Hospital. He married Mary Ann Kane on December 6, 1954 at the Belmont Country Club in Belmont, Massachusetts. Their marriage was officiated by Rabbi Israel Kazis. Stanley and Mary Ann were also actively engaged in the Young Presidents’ Organization and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. As a businessman, he was president and CEO of Stanmar, Inc., named for him and his wife Mary Ann; one of Stanmar’s many projects was the development of Smugglers Notch Ski Resort in Vermont. Stanley also founded the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center Summer Institute.

Stanley and Mary Ann have two sons, Mark (1957 - ) and James (1958 - ). Mark Snider and his wife, Gwen Masterman, currently own the Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha’s Vineyard and the historic Point Breeze Hotel on Nantucket. Mark also manages Stanmar, Inc. Mark and Gwen have two children, Annie and Oliver. James and his wife, Terra Ziporin, have three children: Pallas, Sage and Solan.

Kane Family

Jacob Kane (1859 or 1872 – October 5, 1934), Mary Ann Snider’s paternal grandfather, was a Cohan who performed official duties in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He and his wife Anna had three children: David, Louis, and Rose (married name Ketover). He is buried, with Anna, at B’nai Israel Cemetery on Mendon Road in Woonsocket.

His eldest son, David Kane (January 27, 1898 - April 2, 1983) was businessman, philanthropist and community leader. Born in Shashkev, Ukraine, David immigrated to the United States and settled in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he helped his family manage their general store. With his brother, Louis, he founded a furniture store in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and in the 1930s, founded a chain of Kane Furniture stores with headquarters based in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1928, he married Frances Winer, daughter of Morris and Mary (Hootstein) Winer. The marriage was officiated by Rabbi Benjamin Birnbaum in Brookline, Massachusetts.

While in Springfield, he and Frances founded Temple Sinai, a Reform congregation. He was also the founder and president of the Oxford Country Club. In 1946, Kane retired from his position as president of Kane Furniture Stores, and moved with his family to Beverly Hills, California. In 1950, the Kane family returned to Massachusetts so David Kane could head the real estate division of his father-in-law’s company, Elm Farm Foods.

David Kane was a Trustee at Beth Israel Hospital, Temple Israel and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged; the founder of the American Society of Technion University; and director of Stanmar, Inc., as well as Bonnybrook Venture Corp. In 1962, as general campaign manager of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, he helped raise $5,500,000.00 for their philanthropic endeavors.

David and Frances Kane had two children: Mary Ann (m. Snider, September 9, 1932 - ) and Irving “Joel” Kane (November 18, 1934- ). Joel married Sarah Wise (August 1, 1938 - ) and ran the family business, Elm Farm Foods, overseeing its transition into Marathon Realty Corporation alongside his son-in-law, David Wanger, in the role of President and CEO. Joel and Sarah have two children: Johnathan, born in 1964 (m. Melissa Katz) and Gwen, born in 1962 (m. David Wanger.) Johnathan and Melissa have two children: George and Lily; Gwen and David have three children: Benjamin, Daniel and Emily.

Mary Ann (Kane) Snider graduated from Wellesley College in 1953, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She later graduated from Radcliffe Management Training Program.

Winer Family

Morris Winer (1871 or 1873 – October 18, 1954) was Mary Ann Kane Snider’s maternal grandfather. Born in a shtetl known as Malat (various spellings, Maletos, Malaty) outside of Vilna in Lithuania (then Russia), he immigrated to the United States where in 1896, he started his creamery business on Salem Street in the North End of Boston. This dairy store was the beginning of Elm Farm Supermarkets, which later became a chain of 126 stores. Morris was an original charter member of Beth Israel Hospital and in 1947, established the Morris Winer Foundation. He was also a member of Congregation Adath Jeshrun of Roxbury, Kehillath Israel of Brookline, Temple Israel of Sharon and Temple Adath of Sharon.

Morris and his wife Mary (Hootstein, 1875 – May 21, 1930) married on August 9, 1896 and had five children: Hy (m. Rose David); Sara (m. Paul Ross); Frances (m. David Kane), Irving (m. Ruth Becker), and Sam (married Evelyn). Morris’s second wife was Minnie Sambedale; they lived in Sharon until his death at the age of 84. Family legend has it that Morris was a fiddler in Lithuania, where he eloped with the Rabbi’s daughter. The marriage was annulled. This fiddle is at the Temple Israel Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

Morris and Mary Winer’s daughter, Frances (January 13, 1903 – July 14, 1975) was a native Bostonian, born on Salem Street in the North End. A graduate of Sargent College, her interest in Zionism led to her involvement in Junior Hadassah. She was an active member of the Reform synagogue she co-founded with her husband David, a charter member of the Friends of Technion and an organizer of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged. In 1950, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and was paralyzed, although she was later able to overcome her paralysis.


  1. Materials from the collection.
  2. "Morris winer elm farm foods founder, dies." (1955, Oct 20). Jewish Advocate (1909-1990). Retrieved from http/>.


Morris Winer, father of Frances Winer Kane, born during this time in Russia.
Mary Hootstein Winer, mother of Frances Winer Kane, born in Russia.
Morris Winer opens his first creamery, which becomes the first Elm Farm Supermarket.
March 10, 1889
Harry Snider, father of Stanley Snider, is born in Vilna, Lithuania.
January 27, 1898
David Kane, father of Mary Ann Kane Snider, born in Shaskev, Ukraine.
January 13, 1903
Frances Winer Kane is born on Salem Street in Boston.
Chaim Winer (Morris Winer’s father) dies.
1905 or 1912
Harry Snider immigrates to Boston.
April 12, 1927
Stanley Walter Snider, son of Harry and Lena Karelitz Snider, is born.
David Kane marries Frances Winer.
David Kane founds Kane Furniture Stores based in Springfield, Massachusetts.
May 21, 1930
Mary Hootstein Winer dies at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.
September 9, 1932
Mary Ann Kane Snider is born to David and Frances Winer Kane.
November 18, 1934
Irving “Joel” Kane, brother to Mary Ann Kane Snider, is born to David and Frances Winer Kane.
August 1, 1938
Sarah Wise Kane is born (later married to Joel Kane.)
Stanley Snider serves in the Navy.
David Kane retires as President of Kane Furniture Stores.
Morris Winer founds the Morris Winer Foundation.
Frances Winer Kane is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Mary Ann Kane Snider graduates from Wellesley College.
December 6, 1954
Mary Ann Kane and Stanley Snider are married at Belmont Country Club in Belmont, Massachusetts.
October 18, 1955
Morris Winer dies at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.
Mark Snider is born.
James Snider is born.
David Kane manages the General Campaign for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
Johnathan Kane, son of Joel and Sarah Wise Kane, is born.
July 14, 1975
Frances Winer Kane dies.
April 2, 1983
David Kane dies.


7 linear feet (4 manuscript boxes and 3 OS boxes)


The Snider, Winer, Kane and Korelitz families are documented within this collection, although the bulk of the materials pertain to Stanley and Mary Ann Snider’s immediate family. The Sniders are the founders of Stanmar, Inc., which developed Smugglers’ Notch Ski Resort. The Winers founded Elm Farm Supermarkets, and the Kanes owned furniture stores before becoming involved with the operations of Elm Farms. This collection contains photographs, slides, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and scrapbooks.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated Stanley and Mary Ann Kane Snider in December 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Stephanie Call, 2014
Guide to the Stanley and Mary Ann Snider Papers, P-964
Processed by Stephanie Call
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Repository

99-101 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116 United States