Bio: Smith, Edward (History - 1830)

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----Source: Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, 1891-Lewis Publishing Co., page 261:

EDWARD SMITH, proprietor of the Smith Hotel, and also a farmer of Longwood, was born in Hull, England, October 5, 1830, the son of William Smith (deceased), also a native of England. He brought his family to the United States in the spring of 1831, settling in Albany, New York, where the father was engaged in blacksmithing until his death, which occurred in 1838. Our subject's mother, formerly Elizabeth Doyle, was a native of Ireland. The parents had four children, of whom three are still living, Edward, William and Elizabeth. After the father's death, the mother removed with her family to Troy, New York.

The subject of this sketch came to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in 1844, which was then a mere hamlet or village, where he first engaged in making shingles. He afterward sailed on the lakes for many years, making his home in Manitowoc. He began as cabin boy, and rose to the position of first and second mate, and then of Captain. He was captain of thirteen different vessels, encountered many storms and met with many accidents, having fallen overboard several times. He came to this county in 1879, settling at Christie, thence to Greenwood in 1880, and to Longwood in 1881, where he is engaged in running a hotel and also in farming. He owns ten acres of land. Dr. Smith has cooked in logging camps every winter but this (1890-'91).

He was married July 7, 1852, to Amanda M. Barnes, a daughter of Harry Barnes, of Antelope County, Nebraska she was born in Rutland County, Vermont. They have eight children: William H., Harriet E., Nancy (deceased), Una L., Amy, Walter H., Edward H. and Mildred. William married Hattie Colley, lives in Washington State, and has four children: Harriet married Charles Kayhart, of Christie, this county, and they have three children Una married Christopher Musselman, of Washington; Walter married Clara Moody, and live in Withee Station, Clark County; Amy is engaged in teaching school in Washington. Una and Hattie were formerly teachers. Mr. Smith was brought up in the Episcopal religion, but is now a member of no church. Politically he is a Republican.





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