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Biography of James J. Smith

JAMES J. SMITH, who for many years was identified with farming interests in Howard Co., was born March 29. 1864, near Watertown, WI, and spent his last days in Iowa, where he passed away Sep 28, 1913. He came to Howard Co. with his parents when but six years of age and remained upon the old homestead farm of the Smith family until he purchased the farm property that is now occupied by his widow. His education was acquired in public schools and he worked on the family farm during the summer and after school.

On 14th Jan, 1892, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Heller, a daughter of Mrs. Johanna Heller. Following his marriage Mr. Smith bent every energy to the development and improvement of his home place and the splendid appearance of the farm is due to his labors and enterprise. He belonged to the Modern Woodman of America.

To Mr and Mrs Smith were born four children: Harry B., William E., James J., and Esther M Smith. The son Harry was a member of Co.I, 119th Infantry, of the 13th Division, and saw overseas service for a year. The children are all living at home, the sons assisting in the work of the home farm.

The family circle was broken by the hand of death when on the 28th of September, 1913, the husband and father was called to his final rest, leaving a widow and four children to mourn his loss. Mrs. Smith still occupies the home farm, which is pleasantly situated on section 14, Afton township.

History of Chickasaw and Howard Counties,
By Robert Herd Fairbairn (Published 1919 - Volume II)
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois
Transcribed by Leonard Granger