Biography of Arthur H. Smith
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ARTHUR H. SMITH.
It cannot be other than interesting to note in the series of personal sketches appearing in this work the varying conditions that have compassed those whose career are outlined. An effort has been made in each case to throw well focused light onto the individual and to bring into proper perspective the scheme of each respective career. The insurance agencies of Napa county have ever maintained a high standing. Numbered among the able and successful workers in this field of endeavor is Arthur H. Smith, president of the A. H. Smith Company of Napa, who has for nearly thirty years been identified with this locality and has gained an enviable standing among its representative business men.

Mr. Smith was born in Worcester, England, in 1868. He was brought to the United States in childhood and was reared and educated in Marshfield, Missouri. In 1890 he entered the insurance field, becoming identified with the Continental Fire Insurance Company, and he has represented this well known and reliable old company continuously since, a period of thirty six years. He showed from the start a natural aptitude for the work and through the subsequent years he has achieved a most enviable record in various departments of that business. He was with the Continental company at Sedalia, Missouri, when, in 1897, he was transferred to California. His first work here was to go to Napa county to adjust the insurance on the Wheatley Bros.' barn, horses and hay fire. He was at once attracted by the climate and other features of this locality and after doing business in some thirty counties decided to remain here. He has never regretted his move and is today one of the most enthusiastic boosters for this section of the state. The A. H. Smith Company sells all kinds of insurance and for years has been considered one of the strongest insurance agencies in this section of the state.

Mr. Smith is a splendid type of the self made man, for his success has been won entirely through his own indomitable efforts. He possesses the elements that make men successful in the highest degree, preeminent among them being that sound judgment which is ordinarily called common sense. He is eminently utilitarian and energy of character, firmness of purpose and unswerving integrity are among his chief characteristics. He has acted well his part in life. While primarily interested in his own affairs, he has not been unmindful of the general public welfare and his support is given to every measure calculated to advance the best interests of the community at large, a present member of the advisory board for the city of Napa. He is a member of Yount Lodge No. 12, Free and Accepted Masons, and of the Methodist Episcopal church, one of the congregation's active workers and liberal supporters. He gives generously to all worthy benevolent and charitable objects and by his kindness of heart and material assistance has helped many less fortunate than he. Mr. Smith married Miss Lula M. Graves, a native of Marshfield, Missouri, and they have three children, two daughters, Anna, wife of Arthur B. Wilson of Napa, and Jessie, wife of Russell Imrie, of Napa, and a son, Arthur H. Smith, Jr., of Oakland, California.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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