From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901
A representative farmer of Jackson township, was born August 13, 1843, in Richland county, Ohio, and there spent the first ten years of his life. About 1853 he was taken by his parents to the county of Knox, where he grew to maturity on a farm, attending the common schools of his neighborhood and acquiring a fair English education. At the age of twenty-two he came to Huntington county, Indiana, locating in the township of Clear Creek, where in 1869 he was united in marriage to Miss Helen Hughes, after which he engaged in farming on land leased for the purpose. He continued as a renter four years, and then bought a small place of his own, upon which he resided until 1882, when he disposed of the same and purchased his present farm in section twenty-nine, Jackson township.
Mr. Smith's place, consisting of one hundred and fifty acres, was not all secured at once, the original purchase of forty acres being the nucleus to which other tracts were added at different times as he found himself in financial condition to make investments in real estate. His success as a farmer may be inferred from the fact of his having accumulated sufficient capital to buy his present beautiful and highly improved place, within a comparatively short time, with little assistance from any source whatever. He began life a poor boy, and from quite an early age was obliged to rely entirely upon his own resources. Endowed by nature with a strong and vigorous physique and an equally strong will, he long ago formed the resolution to push to successful issue anything to which he addressed himself. This he has always done, and being optimistic enough to look upon the bright side and knowing no such word as fail, he has gradually but surely forged to the front until he now occupies a conspicuous place among the prosperous and up-to-date farmers of Jackson township.
For a period of twenty-six years Mr. Smith conducted a successful butchering business by supplying a large number of customers in various parts of the county with meat, brought at stated periods to their doors. He ran his wagon regularly until 1899, when he discontinued the trade in order to devote his entire time and attention to his farming interests.
Mr. Smith is a wide-awake man, aggressive in business affairs and public spirited in all that relates to the progress and development of the community in which he resides. He is well thought of by his neighbors, and throughout the county has a large acquaintance and enjoys the respect of all with whom he has come in contact. In
politics he yields an influence for the Democratic party, and while earnest in the support of its principles, he has the courage to vote at times for the man best fitted for office, irrespective of partisan ties. As a citizen he has at heart the interest of the people; and as a neighbor and friend he has long been known and highly appreciated for the many commendable qualities which make him so valued a member of society.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith have had seven children, of whom but three are living at the present time, namely: Anna M., wife of Jacob Scheoff; Mary B., who married John Scheoff; and John L., who assists his father in the work of the farm.