Raised by a widow in Kelso, Washington, during the Great Depression, Sid Snyder relied on hard work to overcome his humble beginnings, working in a tiny grocery store for $1 a week from age 11. He became an enterprising grocery store owner in his own right, a pioneering bank founder, successful real estate investor, and one of the most respected lawmakers in Washington state history. In 2002, Snyder he was honored as the national legislator of the year. Today, two roads are named after Sid Snyder, one in Olympia leading into the Capitol Campus and one leading to the Pacific ocean in his beloved hometown of Long Beach. This authorized biography includes an oral history in Snyder’s own words.