Biography of Eckert E. Smith
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ECKERT E. SMITH
Eckert E. Smith, of the Oakland Coal Company, at 691 Twenty seventh street, has spent his life in the Bay district and has won a well merited reputation as a progressive and wide-awake business man and public-spirited citizen. He was born in San Francisco January 9, 1894, and there secured his early education in the John Sweet school. Later the family moved to Oakland and here he attended the St. Francis de Sales school and St. Mary's College. On completing his education, Mr. Smith went to work as a clerk for the Luckenbach Steamship Company, but later became a clerk in the office of the East Bay Water Company, in Oakland. His first identification with the coal business was when he accepted a position as clerk in the office of his uncle, J. B. Smith, of the wholesale firm of The King Coal Company, there gaining a thorough practical knowledge of the business. In 1922 Mr. Smith entered into a partnership with George Prefontaine and organized the Oakland Coal Company, which has proven a very successful enterprise. George Prefontaine died in 1926, when a brother, Elwood Prefontaine, took over his interests. They own their own coal and wood plant and sell at retail only, having built up a large and steadily increasing trade throughout the city.

Mr. Smith was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Pelletier, who was born and reared in San Francisco, and they are the parents of a son, James, now ten years of age. Mr. Smith is a member of the Knights of Columbus and he and his wife are members of the Roman Catholic church, to which they give generous support. Mr. Smith exemplifies a high type of citizenship and he is held in high regard for his business ability and his high personal qualities.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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