Following graduation from OACS in 1953, Alvin attended Morrisville Agricultural and Technology College where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Dairy Engineering. Alvin worked at Oakfield Farms, a family owned business, from 1949 to 1970 before buying the business from his father and merging with Fargo Ware in 1970 to become Genesee Farms. Alvin developed his father's hometown business into a multi-county operation with 12 dairy stores, wholesale milk, ice cream, and ice operations. He also operated ice cream, ice, and baked good production facilities. Alvin operated Oliver's Candies for many years. Alvin was awarded business of the Year by Genesee County Chamber of Commerce in the early 1990s. During his time in business, Alvin helped many organizations with both financial and product donations.
Not only was Alvin a businessman, he was a positive role model, shaping the younger generations of our community. Alvin first did this by hiring hundreds of local youth throughout his 28 years in business, many working for Alvin as their first job, to instill a good work ethic. He also coached for the Oakfield Little League for 6 years. Alvin organized the first area snowmobile club that we know as the Snow Packers. He also was part of the group to organize the Sports Boosters, raising funds to help put lights on the O-A Football Field. Alvin had spent countless hours donating his time and equipment to allow the Oakfield Labor Days to be successful. He volunteered as an Oakfield Fireman for many years and continues to deliver Meals on Wheels for the past 15 years. Alvin has been a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church all of his life and has even served as President of the Congregation.
Today Alvin is retired with four children, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. He continues to work part time for Upstate Farms, delivers Meals on Wheels, and is actively involved in his church.