Bio: Smith, George F. (History - 1857)

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----Source: "Biographical History of Clark Jackson Counties, WI," Lewis pub. co., 1891, pg. 217

GEORGE F. SMITH, superintendent of the D. J. Spaulding farm, and also foreman in one of his camps near Withee, was born in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin August 19, 1857, the son of Michael Smith, deceased, a native of Dublin, Ireland. The latter came to the United States when a young man, and settled in Utica, New York where he remained five years. He ten lived six years in Chicago, where he was engaged in grading streets. He next went to Milwaukee, where he at once time owned 260 acres of land, and where he died May 12, 1886, at the age of eighty-four years, after a sickness of but a few days. Our subject's mother, nee Catharine Ryan, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of John Ryan, deceased, a native of County Mayo, Ireland. The parents had six children, two of whom still survive: George F. and Michael J. The latter now lives on the old homestead near Milwaukee.

George F., our subject, was reared to farm life, and educated in the common schools. In the fall of 1877, he commenced work in the pineries near Ludington, on the Pere Marquette River, Michigan, where he remained six years, and during that time was engaged in driving logs in the summers. In 1883 he came to this county and lived at Neillsville two years, spending the winters in the camps, and farming in the summers. October 19, 1888, he took charge of the Spaulding farm, having charge of several thousand acres, and also estimates and looks after all the pine lands. Besides this he also owns a one-half interest in the the homestead in Milwaukee.

Mr. Smith married January 14, 1875, to Emma J., a daughter of Timothy Carlton, deceased. They have two children: Francis M., born October 27, 1890, and Edward T., March 30, 1890. Religiously he is a member of the Catholic Church.





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