- The 1920 Iowa census reports that the Snouffer family was living in Anamosa, Jones County. William, 6, lived with his father William, 35, mother Bertha, 35, sister Blanche, 11, and brother Robert, 8. 1920 U.S. Census, 4th Wd, Anamosa, Jones Cnty, IA (T 625, Roll 495, stamped p. 277).
The 1930 census lists "William M" Snouffer as a 16 year old boy, born in Iowa, and living with his parents and grandmother in Cedar Rapids. 1930 U.S. Census, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA (T 626, Roll 665, stamped p. 106B).
The Coe College Cosmo [Cedar Rapids, IA], p. 1 (4 May 1933), reported:
"William Snouffer was elected president of the newly formed Coenses club at the meeting held last night in the Little Theatre. At the same time Donald MacKay was elected vice-president; Paul Niles, secretary; and Howard Johnston, treasurer.
"Professor C. Ward Macy spoke on the aims of the organization and urged the promotion of campus social functions, student assistance in job finding, and a closer contact between the men students and the faculty members by means of open forums."
Cedar Rapids Gazette (?) (31 Jan 1936):
"Mrs. Francis E. Nelson of Rahway, N.J., and her daughter, Barbara Blanche, left Friday afternoon [31 Jan] for their home. They were called here by the death of Mrs. Nelson's father, the late W. D. Snouffer, Dec. 11. William Snouffer, a student at the United States military academy at West Point, N.Y., who was here for a short time, returned earlier."
Capt. William Snouffer, U.S. Army Signal Corps, is listed in the Official Army Register, p. 812 (U.S. Gov. Printing Office, Washington, D.C.; 1942).
Snouffer earned his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL, which was awarded 19 Jun 1948. See The Graduate College Commencement Program, p. 15, at: http://www.archive.org/stream/commencementprog1948univ/commencementprog1948univ_djvu.txt, or at: http://www.onread.com/book/Commencement-program-1948-372251
In Nov. 1952 the Urbana [IL] Courier contained a story that Col. & Mrs. Snouffer had taken up residence in Urbana. See the Urbana, IL, Free Library source: http://184.108.40.206/ccha/records/02001000/02001000024302.htm (accessed Mar 2006). She enrolled in the Univ. of Illinois to study for her masters degree in mathematics while he was stationed in Korea during the Korean War.
Cedar Rapids [IA] Gazette, p. 3 (5 Sep 1955), reported:
"Col. William N. Snouffer has taken over duties as commander of the 3380th Technical Training group at Keesler AFB, Miss, having arrived at the Biloxi base from duty with the Fifth air force in the Far East where he had served as director of communications.
"*** A native of Cedar Rapids and the son of Mrs. C. A. Kent, 1511 D avenue NE, Col. Snouffer was graduated from the United States Military academy in 1937 and commissioned in the signal corps....
"Assigned to Alaskan duty from 1941 to 1943, Col. Snouffer was in charge of developing the Aircraft Warning service for the Alaskan theater of operations, being responsible for the installation of the first radar in that territory.
"Upon his return from Alaska, he served on the West Coast in air defense work before going on a short tour of duty at Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
"Following his Washington assignment, Col. Snouffer attended the University of Illinois for graduate training in electronics engineering, receiving his master's degree in 1948. He was then transferred to Sandia base, N.M. for a three-year tour of duty.
" *** Col. Snouffer is married to the former Corine [sic] Campbell of Yorkville, Ill....
"Mrs. Snouffer, who is a teacher, is serving in that capacity full time at the Mary Michel junior high school in Biloxi.
"With his extensive background in communications and electronics, Col. Snouffer combines this knowledge with a favorite hobby, having been an amateur radio operator for the last 17 years."
The Lexington [MA] Minuteman (Jan. 20, 1972):
"W. SNOUFFER NAMED TO POST AT HARVARD -- William Murphy, director of Buildings and Grounds, at Harvard University announces appointment of William N. Snouffer of Lexington as Manager of Operations for the department -- the first step in a planned reorgnization of the $20 million 'business' of maintaining Harvard's 240 buildings ....
"Snouffer, who joined the department in 1969 after 12 years in industry, will direct a group of superintendents ....
"Snouffer's wife Corinne teaches mathematics at Lexington High School...
"Snouffer's more than three decades in engineering included a variety of difficult construction and mangement assignments in the Air Force and in industry.***
"In industry, he did engineering for Sylvania Electric Products and for Itek Corporation, where he worked in project management and administrative assignments.
"He joined the Harvard staff in 1969, serving first as Project Supervisor of Peabody Museum Addition. Since last spring, he has been assistant director of Buildings and Grounds for Financial Affairs and has supervised budget and fiscal affairs.
"He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Nov. 30, 1913, and attended Coe College and the U.S. Military Academy, where he received the B.S. degree in Engineering in 1937. Later, he studied for two years at the University of Illinois, receiving the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1948."
On 1 Nov 1977 The U.S. Patent Office issued Snouffer Patent number 4056474 for a self-cleaning straining valve.
The Chapel Hill [NC] Newspaper (May, 1983):
"SNOUFFER TO HEAD PROJECT -- William N. Snouffer of Chapel Hill has joined the Equity Retirement Housing organization as Director of Construction Services for the Carolina Meadows project, a 500 unit planned retirement development in Chatham County. ***
"... Before coming to Chapel Hill, he was Manager of Operations, Department of Buildings and Grounds for Harvard University. *** "Snouffer has been a resident of Chapel Hill since 1976. He is a member of the Chapel Hill Country Club and the Kiwanis Club. *** "
Obituary, vol. 48, ASSEMBLY, pp. 151-52 (Association of Graduates, USMA, West Point, NY; Jan. 1991):
"William Noel Snouffer was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on 30 November 1913, the son of William D. and Bertha Newens Snouffer. He attended schools in Cedar Rapids, including two years at Coe College.
"Bill selected the Signal Corps on graduation [from West Point] and his first assignment was the 51st Signal Battalion at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; followed by the Signal Corps School, 1939; and then the Aircraft Warning Service of Alaska, which he commanded when World War II broke out. He made the original site surveys for the first radar stations in Alaska and played a leading role in the establishment of the entire system. Alaska was followed by assignments on the West Coast for the aircraft warning service. In 1945 he was assigned to the Continental Air Command, forerunner of the Strategic Air Command.
"From 1946-48 Bill attended the University of Illinois and received a master's degree in electronics. His next assignment was with the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, Sandia Base, New Mexico, 1948-51. After a year in the Air Training Command he served as the Director of Communications and Electronics for the Fifth Air Foce in Korea in 1952 [and 1953], and in Japan from 1954-55. Returning to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi in 1955, he commanded the Electronics School. He retired from the USAF in 1957 in the grade of colonel.
"In civilian life Bill worked for Itek Corporation, Lexington, Massachusetts for about ten years, Harvard University for seven years, and was president of Carolina Meadows, a retirement community near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He retired from that position in 1985.
"A year after [his 1937] graduation Bill married Corinne (Cornie) Campbell from Yorkville, Illinois, a classmate at Coe College. They were the parents of five children: Judge William C. Snouffer, Portland, Oregon; Noel Vertrees, Worthington, Ohio; Anne Cochran, Houston Texas; Richard K. Snouffer, El Segundo, California; and Mary Larson, Minnetonka, Minnesota; and they were the happy grandparents of nine grandchildren. Bill and Cornie, who died in 1983, were very proud of their children and their accomplishments. Each received advanced college degrees and enjoyed successful careers. In 1984 Bill married Nedra Arendts Niles of Dallas, Texas, also a classmate from Coe College....
"Bill was a devoted family man and carried that love for people to all of his commands. He cared for his men and their welfare, as a priority before perfection in operations. He lived by the motto of West Point -- Duty, Honor, Country -- and brought happiness to many people. His memorial service was held ... in Dallas, Texas on 7 November 1989 and burial was in the Post Cemetery at West Point, New York on 8 December 1989." See: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=snouffer&GSfn=william+&GSmn=noel&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=16742938&df=all&