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Carl H. Smith


Posted By: S. Ferrall (email)
Date: 2/15/2005 at 04:48:38

Carl H. Smith, who is a successful representative of the real estate and insurance business in the City of Elyria, Lorain County, claims the Hawkeye State as the place of his nativity, his birth having occurred in Clayton County, Iowa, in April, 1872. His parents, Jacob and Catherine (Lattiman) Smith, natives of Germany, became early settlers in Clayton County, Iowa, where the father developed a good farm. In 1903 the parents established their residence at Kipton, Lorain County, Ohio, where the death of the father occurred April 6, 1921, and where the widowed mother still maintains her home.

In the public schools of Iowa, Carl H. Smith continued his studies until he had duly profited by the advantages of the Monona High School, and after completing his studies at the age of nineteen years, he continued his active association with farm enterprise in his native county. Later he engaged in the real estate business at Riceville, Howard County, Iowa, where he remained until 1910. He then came to Ohio, where his parents had previously established their home, and he was engaged in independent farm industry near Wilmington, Clinton County, until 1916, when he established himself in the real estate and insurance business at Elyria. He has built up a substantial business of representative order, his operations including the handling of both city and farm property, and the general insurance department of his business proves an important adjunct of his real estate operations. Mr. Smith gives special attention to dealing in farm realty in various states of the West and Northwest, as well as Ohio and neighboring states. In his home county he is the owner of a well improved farm of 183 acres in Pittsfield Township. He is independant in politics, is affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and he and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

January 15, 1898, recorded the marriage of Mr. Smith and Miss Maude B. Whitney, who was born and reared in Lorain County, Ohio, and who is a daughter of William K. and Ella J. (Whitney) Whitney, her father being a substantial farmer in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have three children, Harold C., who is associated with his father' business; Marjory, who is the wife of Victor Myers, of Elyria, and Roland C.

-source: History of Ohio: American Historical Society; 1925; page 83


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