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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Clark Arndt Snell

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 21 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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In a wealthy and thickly settled country like the Mohawk Valley section of New York state the normal consumption of cigars, tobacco and confectionery is very great and a number of large concerns exist that cater to this trade. One of the largest of these firms is the wholesale house of John N. Snell Company, Incorporated, located at Herkimer, Herkimer county, New York, most advantageously situated from a geographical standpoint to supply the retail trade of the entire Valley, of which business house Clark A. Snell is president and treasurer. He was born on October 20, 1892, at Little Falls, New York, the son of John Nelson and Isabel (Clark) Snell, both of Canajoharie, New York.

Clark Arndt Snell acquired his early education in the public schools of the state and afterward matriculated in Williams College, at Williamstown, Massachusetts, from which he graduated in 1913, after which he returned to Herkimer and entered the business which had been established by his father. The entry of the United States into the World war interrupted Mr. Snell's business career for a short time, as he was among the early volunteers for service in 1917 and was accepted by the government. On October 5, 1917, he was assigned to Headquarters Company of the Three Hundred and Third Infantry, and in May, 1919, formed a part of the Seventy-sixth Division, serving in France from July 5, 1918, until April 26, 1919. Fraternally Mr. Snell is affiliated with the Masonic order and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

On March 23, 1918, in New York city, Mr. Snell was married to Miss Isabel Nicholson of No. 138 West Twelfth street, New York city. They have one child, John Clark Snell, born in 1919.

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