"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 619-20
Charles H. Smelser. The birthplace of Charles H. Smelser was the farm on which he now resides in Wayne township and throughout his entire life he has been connected with the work of tilling the soil and other agricultural interests. He is a man of business ability, of genuine personal worth, and is well deserving of mention in this work as one of the substantial citizens of Huntington county. Mr. Smelser was born in the residence in which he now makes his home, December 5, 1863, and is a son of Smith and Mary (Sparks) Smelser.
Smith Smelser was born in Union county, Indiana and was a young man when he came to Huntington county, in 1853. He established his family on the farm in Wayne township where his son now lives, and here passed the remaining years of his life, passing away at an advanced age, January 29, 1911. A man of energy and force of character, he succeeded in his farming operations, developing a handsome property from the woods of Wayne township, at all times proved himself a good citizen, and although of a quiet and unassuming manner was an influence for the good in his community. He was a lifelong Democrat, although not a office seeker, and a devout member of the Baptist church. He and his wife were the parents of five sons and one daughter, and of these five children are still living: John, who is a resident of Banquo, Indiana; Frank. Engaged in operations in Wayne township; Albert, a resident of Michigan, where he has extensive interests; Charles H.; and Dr. J. S. H., a practicing physician of Oklahoma.
Charles H. Smelser has been a resident of Wayne township all of his life, with the exception of four years which he spent on a farm which he owned in Wabash county. His education was secured in the district schools and as a young man he decided to devote his career to farming, a decision which he has never had cause to regret for in this field of endeavor he has met with a full measure of success. At this time he is the owner of 128 acres of good land, located in section 21, a farm which has been brought to a high and productive state of cultivation. In his work Mr. Smelser has displayed a thorough knowledge of modern methods, and his equipment is of the latest manufacture. Mr. Smelser has always affiliated with the democratic party and has been active in local and county politics. His aid has been beneficial to his community, and at all times he has displayed a willingness to co-operate in movements calculated to advance the countyâ€™s best interests.
On December 26, 1885, Mr. Smelser was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Moore, of Grant county, Indiana, who died July 12, 1889, the mother of two children: Goldie, the wife of James Goff, living with Frank Smelser, her uncle, in Wayne township; and Roger M., born May 29, 1889, a graduate of the public schools, who married Edna M. Charles, daughter of John and Phronia (Everson) Charles.