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Newspaper publisher

Charles Willis Snedden, American Newspaper publisher. Recipient Fairbanks George Nehrbas award, 1962; City of Fairbanks award, 1961; named Boss of Year Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1956, Alaskan of the Year award, 1987; named Laureate Alaska Business Hall of Fame, 1989.


Snedden, Charles Willis was born on July 20, 1913 in Spokane, Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of William Angus and Christine Ann (McLachlan) Snedden.


Student, Oregon State College. Student, University Oregon. Student, Washington State College, 1933.

Doctor of Laws, University Alaska, 1967.


Linotype machinist, Columbian and Mergenthaler Linotype Company, Vancouver, Washington, 1933-1941;president, Chemical Warfare Service Grinding & Machine Works, Portland, Oregon, 1935-1944;supervisor machinist division, Kaiser Shipyard, Vancouver, Washington, 1942-1944;proprietor, Marshal-Wells retail hardware, Vancouver, Washington, 1943-1949;independent newspaper production consultant, 1945-1950;public, Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, from 1950;also president, Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner. President Aurora Building, Inc., Commercial Printing Company, Inc., Fairbanks Public Company, Inc. Director Fairbanks Economics Development Corporation, Wien Alaska Airlines, 1956-1979.

Member Fairbanks Municipal Utilities Board, 1951-1954, Alaska EmploymentSecurity Committee, 1954-1957. National council National Planning Association, 1959-1965.


President Fairbanks United Good Neighbors. President, member advisory board St. Josephs Hospital. Board governors Northern Development Advisory Committee.

Trustee University Alaska Foundation, 1982-1990. Member Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce (past director), Alaska Chamber of Commerce (director, past president), Pacific Northwest Trade Association (vice president), Inland Empire Waterways Association Clubs: Mason (Shriner), Elk, Rotarian.


Married Helen Elizabeth McNeel, April 11, 1934. 1 son, Duane McLachlan.

William Angus Snedden

Christine Ann (McLachlan) Snedden

Helen Elizabeth McNeel