â€œHistory of Huntington County, Indianaâ€1914 By Frank S. Bash pg.710-11
John K. Smith. Since he was four years of age, John K. Smith has lived in Indiana, after reaching manhood took up the responsibilities of life as a farmer, and for a number of years has enjoyed a reputation in Jackson township, as one of the most progressive and successful men in his vocation, at the same time being a citizen who will readily turn aside from his private interests to help in community matters.
John K. Smith was born in Morrow county, Ohio, March 20, 1863, a son of Henry S. and Sarah (Walker) Smith. Henry S. Smith was born in Pennsylvania, where he married Miss Walker, and soon afterwards they came to Morrow county, Ohio, where they were farming people. From Ohio, in 1864, the family settled in Huntington county, Indiana, acquiring land in Union township, where the father spent all the rest of his years. He was a quiet, unassuming man, and an upright citizen, and became the father of eight children, five of whom are now living. Besides John K. these children are: Jerre W. Smith of Union township; Julia, wife of William Fogwell, of Allen county, Indiana; Ephraim Smith, of the city of Huntington; and Henry W. of Allen county.
John K. Smith was reared on a farm in Huntington county, and attended the common schools until he was about eighteen years of age. After he left school there was never any lack of opportunity for hard work, and for some time he made himself useful about a saw mill, and from an early age regularly followed a plow and performed all the varied duties of an Indiana farmer.
On November 6, 1883, occurred his marriage with Miss Essie McFadden, who was born in Sandusky, Ohio, February 28, 1862, and was given the advantages of the schools, and also of a good home. She came to Indiana with her parents in 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Smith lived in LaFayette township of Allen county, and in 1892 moved to Jackson township. There the combined industry and management of husband and wife gradually brought them into a position of substantial prosperity, and they owned a fine farm of one hundred and forty acres, which Mr. Smith sold in 1913. He then bought another farm of 120 acres in Jackson township, where his son lives. In March, 1914, he moved to Roanoke, where he is living retired. To their marriage have been born two children: Erwin C., born January 6, 1885, a farmer in Jackson township, and who married May Breckenridge; Gola Vera, born December 27, 1892, graduated from the common schools and the Roanoke high school. Mr. Smith and family worship in the Methodist Episcopal church at Roanoke, of which he is one of the trustees, and is treasurer of the Sunday school. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America, and in politics was a regular republican up to the campaign of 1912, then he cast his influence and vote for the progressive cause.