Alfred Snapp was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. In 1935 he received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. He worked for Allied Chemical Corporation from 1935 to 1950. He began his career with Allied as a line supervisor in Baltimore; became Plant Manager of Allied’s largest plant in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania; and eventually was promoted to Assistant Production Manager in the New York corporate office. During World War II he managed the West Virginia Ordnance Works, which manufactured TNT for the War Department, at Pt. Pleasant. From 1950 to 1957 he was Vice President and Plant Manager of the Union Starch and Refining Company in Granite City, Illinois. He moved to the west coast of Florida in 1957, where he was active in real estate and financial consulting. Mr. Snapp moved to Alachua County in 1972 after purchasing a 65 acre farm between Alachua and La Crosse at Hainesworth. Sixty years old and with no prior experience in agriculture, he transformed this land into a thriving U-pick blueberry and grape operation. In association with the University of Florida’s Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), he was the first to plant apple trees in Florida, assisted in developing a blueberry fertilizer, and was a major contributor to a Florida Blueberry Handbook. Many of the blueberry and grape growers in this area began with plants from his nursery. He was a past president of the Florida State Blueberry Association and a Director of the Florida Farm Bureau.
It is our privilege to honor Mr. Snapp as one of our Resident Hall of Fame Cafe Nominees!!!