John E. Smith owns a good farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Hartford township, to which he has given the
name of the White View Stock Farm, and he ranks as an able agriculturist and stock raiser. His birth occurred in
this county on the 12th of April, 1878, but his parents, Adolph and Katherine (Schultz) Smith, were both natives
of Germany. About 1864 they emigrated to the United States and settled on eighty acres of land in Iowa county.
Iowa, to the cultivation of which the father gave his time. Eventually he acquired title to two hundred and sixty
acres and he continued to reside upon his farm until his demise. His wife also died in this county. Nine of their
ten children survive.
John E. Smith remained at home until he attained his majority and then for five years rented the homestead. At
the end of that time, in connection with his brother, C. G. Smith, he bought one hundred and eighty acres of the
home farm and resided there until 1907. He then sold and two years later purchased his present farm, which comprises
one hundred and twenty acres on section 29, Hartford township. It is known as the White View Stock Farm and Mr.
Smith specializes in the raising of Duroc Jersey hogs and shorthorn cattle. He also pays considerable attention
to the raising of poultry, breeding full blooded Plymouth Rock chickens.
On the 17th of December, 1902, Mr. Smith married Miss Rhoda F. Sheller, who was born in Michigan, a daughter of
William H. and Minerva A. (Perry) Sheller, both natives of Ohio. In 1886 they removed to Iowa, locating in this
county, and are now living in Ladora. Mrs. Smith is one of eight children, all of whom survive. She received a
good education, graduating in 1900 from the Ladora high school. She taught for two years and made an excellent
record as a teacher. By her marriage she has three children: Richard L., who was born on the 6th of August, 1904;
Lois Maurine, born June 22, t906; and Ethel Lucille, born August 19, 1911.
Mr. Smith is a republican but has never been an office seeker. Both he and his wife attend the Methodist Episcopal
church, to the support of which they contribute. Mr. Smith has gained an enviable reputation as a stock raiser
and has had considerable influence in raising the grade of stock in the county. His business dealings are in accordance
with the highest standard of ethics, and as a public citizen and in the private relations of life he has so shaped
his conduct that he holds the sincere respect and goodwill of all who know him.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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