Biography of David A. Snell
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Snell, David A., is the eldest of ten children born to Anthony and Elizabeth (Davis) Snell, and was born in the town of Dedham, Mass., in 1827. The family finally settled on a farm in Bristol, R. I., where Mr Snell, after acquiring a common school education, obtained employment in a neighboring cotton mill, in which he became overseer at the age of seventeen. He rapidly familiarized himself with machinery, learned the baker's trade in all its details, and eventually opened a baking establishment at Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard. In 1851 he came to New Bedford and purchased the bakery of Jacob B. Hadley on South Water street, and in 1859 sold out to C. D. Capen. He then leased the Granite building at the corner of Water and Rodman streets, which he supplied with machinery of the latest improved patent. During the Civil war he did an extensive business in baking bread for the army, his government contracts equaling if not exceeding those of any other manufacturer in the country. Afterward he resumed the manufacture of various kinds of bread stuffs and so continued with eminent success until 1894, when his factory became a branch of the National Biscuit Company.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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