DAVID SNELL

Here's another photo of David Snell, journalist, as a child. He was born in Minden in 1921 and died in 1987.
Submitted by: Bill Streifer

I thought you might like to see some photos of David Snell, a journalist, who was born in Minden in 1921. I have many but for now I've attached one of David as a small boy in Minden with his mother, Ada Jack Carver, and another when he was Senior Editor of LIFE magazine in the early-1960's. 
I have more. If you want to see them, just ask.


Submitted by Bill Streifer

Bill Streifer & Irek Sabitov
The Flight of the Hog Wild

TheFlightoftheHogWild.com

As some of you may know, I'm writing the biography of David Snell, a journalist, who was born in Minden in 1921. So I thought you might be interested in the articles he wrote for the Atlanta Constitution before he joined the service in June 1945 (shortly before WWII came to an end).
Submitted by Bill Streifer

1. Neal Cites Auditors' 'Vindication'

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Jun 24, 1945; pg. 9_A;

2. Little Hope Held For Cochran as Search Goes On

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); May 6, 1945; pg. 2_B;

3. Police Launch Investigation Of Marietta Hospital Case

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); May 2, 1945; pg. 15;

4. Mariettans Quietly Hear Rumor Spiked

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Apr 29, 1945; pg. 12_A;

5. 7 Indicted After Raid on Tourist Court

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Apr 19, 1945; pg. 2;

6. Georgia Is on Threshold Of Big Future, Lilienthal Says

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Feb 14, 1945; pg. 8;

7. $15,000,000 Dam To Bring Ghost Town Back to Life

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Feb 12, 1945; pg. 1;

8. Engine May Be Sent Back to State

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Feb 11, 1945; pg. 3_B;

9. Speedy Police Nab Two in Theft Of Safe and $1,700

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Feb 11, 1945; pg. 2_B;

10. Girls of Berry Schools At Bat for Boys at War

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Feb 5, 1945; pg. 2;

11. Cobb Hermit Aids Friends, Likes His Life

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Feb 4, 1945; pg. 4_B;

12. Blue or Gray, They Buried Him; Railmen Care for Grave

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Jan 28, 1945; pg. 5_A;

13. Watchman Scans Vast Timberland

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Jan 28, 1945; pg. 2_B;

14. Corporation Is Formed To Help Entire County

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Jan 14, 1945; pg. 5_B;

15. STUTTERING NEGRO BRAVES FLAMES, SAVES MARIETTA HOME, DISAPPEARS

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Jan 5, 1945; pg. 1;

16. Marietta Boy Happy Again As Citizens Replace Pony

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Dec 28, 1944; pg. 15;

17. Boy's Christmas Pony Dies; Drive To Replace It Started

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Dec 27, 1944; pg. 2;

18. No-Billing Gambling Charge Brings Rebuke to Grand Jury

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Nov 17, 1944; pg. 6;

19. Marietta Beats Typists, 7 to 0

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Nov 4, 1944; pg. 5;

20. Lame Duck Cobb Sheriff, Deputy Threaten Reporter

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Oct 4, 1944; pg. 3;

21. Engineer, Fireman Killed In Cobb Train Wreck

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Sep 26, 1944; pg. 4;

22. Ex-Cobb Warden, 7 Others Seized In Gaming Raid

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Sep 25, 1944; pg. 9;

23. Rams Win, 6-0, From Marietta

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Sep 23, 1944; pg. 5;

24. Sergeant, Listed 'Dead,' Home From Pacific

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Sep 14, 1944; pg. 9;

25. Mariettan Tells of Life In Pacific

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Sep 4, 1944; pg. 5;

26. U. S. Chief in Teheran Relaxes In Marietta; Praises Russians

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Aug 16, 1944; pg. 15;

27. Bell Family Day Draws 100,000 to Big Plant

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Aug 14, 1944; pg. 2;

28. Bell Bomber Plant Head Made Marietta 'Citizen'

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Jul 7, 1944; pg. 2;

29. Sheriff Muddle Settled in Cobb

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Jul 6, 1944; pg. 3;

30. Score of Injured GI's Land at Marietta Field

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Jun 25, 1944; pg. 2_B;

31. Sleepy-Eyed Mariettans Hail Invasion Amid Siren Screams

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Jun 7, 1944; pg. 15;

32. 'Sunshine Man' of Marietta Cheers Nation's Other Shut-Ins

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Jun 4, 1944; pg. 7_B;

33. Plane Parts Undergo Rigid Test for Flaws at Bell Plant

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); May 22, 1944; pg. 18;

34. Attacker's Capture Acclaimed Result of Brilliant Sleuthing

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Apr 30, 1944; pg. 3_B;

35. Texas Eight-and-a-Half Footer Here To Give Talks on Wines

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Mar 28, 1944; pg. 4;

36. Local Lawyer, Often in Japan, Would Revamp Nip Economics

DAVID SNELL; The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945); Mar 26, 1944; pg. 15_A;

 

Someone suggested that an examination of Ada Jack Carver's writings might make an interesting college course. So, I'd like to add this comment: 
In 1986, Mildred Acres Houston submitted her Masters Thesis at Northwestern State University entitled, "The Shadow of Africa on the Cane: An examination of Africanisms in the Fiction of Lyle Saxon and Ada Jack Carver." 
I think that a VERY interesting college course would be an analysis of Ms. Houston's thesis and the short stories by Lyle Saxon and Ada Jack Carver that she mentioned in her thesis.
Bill Streifer 

 

I've attached a letter written by David Snell to Cammie Henry on February 19, 1930. The "Dan" in the letter may refer to Dan Stewart, an attorny in Minden in the late-20s and 1930s. Does anyone have any information about Dan Stewart or perhaps a photograph?   Bill Streifer

I'm looking for any articles in the Minden Herald or the Webster Review written by Minden "high school student" and resident, David Snell. Since he was born in 1921, he would have attended high school between (about) 1936 and 1939.
Thank you.

Bill Streifer
The Flight of the Hog Wild
http://www.my-jia.com/The_Flight_of_the_Hog_Wild

Bill, will send us a summary of David Snell when he has finished his book to replace the paragraph below when it is finished. He will also let us know what bookstores will carry it.

 

Thank everyone for me.... the David Snell HS photo fills in one of the missing "gaps." You can take down the request...since I received two already! Now, see if you can find Julia William's HS photo... his beloved wife (well, that's another story)   Bill Streifer

 

         MHS Class of 1938

Photo submitted by Ann Mays Harlan

Son of Ada Jack Carver and John Barnard Snell who was principal of MHS from 1913-1917 when he left to join the army.  Ada was born in Natchitoches, La. She and John married in Shreveport, Caddo Parish in 1908. They were the parents of John Hampton and David. David became a well known reporter. Ada was a well known short story writer. Her husband, Col. Jack as he was called kept peacocks and eagles in his back yard in Natchitoches. David's brother, John Hampton died when David was two days old on March 8, 1921.

        

Reporter David Snell was the author of the story of Japan's successful atomic bomb test. He joined the army in 1945 and  was a member of the Constitution's reportorial staff.  He was in charge of the Constitution's News Bureau at Marietta before entering the Army and lived for a while on the city staff in Atlanta. During his Army service, David filed a number of stories to the Constitution both while in training in the U.S. and after arriving with the occupation forces in Korea. One of his stories in Korea was an interview with Bishop A. J. Moore, of Atlanta who visited China, Japan, and Korea representing the American's Bishop's Association to survey church conditions preparatory to the return of missionaries. In Korea, Snell was assigned to the 24th Criminal Investigation Detachment checking on crimes against the U. S. His discovery of the atom bomb story was not his official line of duty and was not part of his official assignment. During the time he was with the Constitution.  He is married to the former Julia Williams of Augusta, Arkansas. They are the parents of a son, Barry Snell who was born while they were living in Marietta.

I wonder if any of your members recall an African-American girl named Christine James who took care of Ada Jack Carver's son, David Snell, after Ada Jack's first son tragically died in 1921. Christine James continued to take care of the Carvers for over twenty years. She was also David Snell's nanny for four years in Marietta, Georgia (and some say Paris).

  



 I have attached a photo of David at the age of 3 1/2 and (I believe) Christine James taken in 1924. "David and 'Orange' his 'nurse'" is wrotten on the back of the photograph. Can anyone verify that the little girl in the photo is Christine James who died (Christine James Britton) in Minden in 2007 at the age of 96?



I have also attached a photo of David Snell who eventually became a Senior Editor of LIFE magazine until it closed shop in 1972, the same year that Ada Jack Carver died.


 

Bill Streifer



Greg Grambling, Class of 1968

I much enjoyed reading about Ada Jack Carver and her successful literary son in Minden Memories.

 
Ada Jack Carver (Snell)  or David Snell alone would each make  interesting literary courses in fiction and journalism at Minden High.  Mrs. Carver's short story "Redbone" set on Cane River has relevance even today, as do her other Cane River stories like "The Old One" and "Maudie."  And Mr. Snell's writings and influence at Life are a great record of our early Twentieth Century culture. These were local people who, like William "Billy" Faulkner, were revered around the world and hardly know by many in local circles. I hope that this can be rectified in our Louisiana schools someday.
 
I have some book collections from Mrs. Ada Jack Carver's personal  library in my office. They had belonged to her father. One is a portion (six books) of the thirteen volumed Library of Southern Literature, copyrighted 1907. I like to think that some of the short stories in those volumes influenced her later published works. 
 
Another is a beautifully bound set, The Library of American History.   I often read from it to classes when I taught American history at Doyline High. The  detail and insight those books gave about events like the Burr-Hamilton Duel and the onset of The Great Depression went way far beyond the information provided in the approved textbook at the time. The ten volumed American history set ends with "The Great War" (WWI). I also have an 1810 copy of The Federalist which belonged to her father. I have read each page of these mentioned books, and they have been of great value to me over the years.
 
William Watson
Class of 1966
 

A photo of David Snell as a little boy, and later as

Senior Editor of LIFE magazine. Perhaps you've never seen this one.
 
Bill Streifer




Christine,  David Snell - The top one is already on the web




Dixie and David Snell (This one is new)

 

House 412146152 John B. Snell Head of House

In the 1830 Census in Minden, LA, you will find

Ada Jack Carver and her son, David (at the age of 9).

David Snell died in 1987 at the age of 66.
 



 

 

Does anyone know if Christine James began working for the Snells (in Minden) before Ada Jack Carver's first-born died in March 1921, or after David Snell was born? If you know, please contact Bill Streifer at photografr7@yahoo.com
Bill Streifer

           

As some of you may know, I'm writing a book about David Snell. My book (which is winding down now) consists of some fifty odd chapters/sections, one of which is turning into a very nice 2000-word, well documented essay on Ada Jack Carver. Is anyone aware of a journal that might be interested?
Bill Streifer
The Flight of the Hog Wild
http://www.my-jia.com/The_Flight_of_the_Hog_Wild  

I recently contacted the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. I informed them that I amassed hundreds of documents and photos about WWII, Japan's wartime atomic program, North Korea during the war, the Soviet invasion of Korea, an American B-29 crew, and a British POW camp.


I then suggested they put together an exhibit centered around David Snell, a journalist from Minden and graduate of Louisiana State University. They said it was a fascinating story and they would pass it around to their curators, and they'd get back to me if interested.

If you support this idea, please contact Lindsey by phone or e-mail:

Lindsey Barnes, MLIS

Senior Archivist/Digital Projects Manager

National World War II Museum

945 Magazine St.

New Orleans, LA 70130

lindsey.barnes@nationalww2museum.org
504.528.1944 ex. 378