Biography of Clinton A. Snell
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Snell, Clinton A., son of Amos and Mary (Turner) Snell, was born November 16, 1869, in the village of Lafargeville, in the house where he now resides. He was educated in the village school, and in 1890 married Ethel B. Wairath, daughter of W. H. Wairath, a prominent merchant of Lafargeville. Mr. Snell's family history shows that his great-grandfather, Adoiphus Pickard, was an American soldier in the Revolutionary war, and was shot by an Indian near Springfield, Herkimer county; a friend of the wounded soldier, whose name has not been handed down, avenged his injury by promptly shooting the redskin. Mr. Snell's grandfather, George Snell, was the first person to obtain a deed from the Frenchman, La Farge, who owned all the land in this vicinity at that time. Besides his extensive farming and dairy interests Mr. Snell is a breeder of fine Jersey cattle, and among his herd may be found some of the best bred Jerseys in the State. He is an active and efficient member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and one of the official members. Politically Mr. Snell is a staunch Prohibitionist, and floated one of the first Prohibition flags in the town. He has a large circle of friends and is known as an honest citizen, and respected by all.

 

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