H. BOYD SMITH
A native son of the Golden State, H. Boyd Smith, justice of the peace at Dos Palos, is justifying the confidence
reposed in him by his fellow townsmen. He was born at Elsinore, Riverside County, on July 21, 1893, the son of
E. B. and Martha B. (Cotton) Smith, natives of Illinois and Iowa, respectively, and both now living. E. B. Smith
came to California some thirty five years ago and was a foreman in the coal mine in Riverside County; and he later
became a rancher of that county. Coming to Dos Palos about eighteen years ago, he engaged in the dairy business,
and, meeting with deserved success, he is now living retired. Mrs. Smith was a descendant of the Cotton family
whose progenitor came from England on the Mayflower. Mr. Smith was twice married and by the first union there are
two children, H. M., of Dos Palos, and Mrs. William Codd, of Riverside. Of the second union there are Mrs. V. E.
Reynolds, of Manteca; Mrs. H. B. Lucas, of Dos Palos; Mrs. B. Buckham, of Lemoore; and H. Boyd, our subject.
H. Boyd Smith was educated in the schools in Riverside County and Dos Palos and he was a clerk in a general store
for some time. Later he engaged in the real estate business in Dos Palos; and he is also handling insurance, representing
the Western States Life Insurance Company at Dos Palos and is meeting with success.
Mr. Smith married Oramae Chain, a native of Nebraska, and they have a daughter, Geraldine. Fraternally, Mr. Smith
belongs to Santa Rita Lodge No. 124, I. O. O. F. at Dos Palos, and to Merced Lodge No. 1240, B. P. O. Elks in Merced.
In 1922 Mr. Smith became a candidate for the office of justice of the peace for Dos Palos, was elected at the general
election that fall and took his office on January 1, 1923, since which time he has ably filled the requirements
of the office. He is secretary of the Dos Palos Chamber of Commerce.
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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