Biography of George M. Smith
Carroll County, IN Biographies





GEORGE M. SMITH.
For more than a decade George M. Smith has been identified with the legal profession of Carroll county, Indiana, and during the past four years has been a member of the Delphi bar, being at the present time the secretary of The Abstract Company, the leading title firm of Delphi and Carroll county. Not only is he one of the able and successful lawyers of Carroll county, but he is likewise one of its prominent citizens. As a citizen he is public spirited and enterprising; as a friend and neighbor he combines the qualities of head and heart which have won for him the confidence and esteem of the people of this county. His success as a lawyer is only the result of using the talents with which he has been endowed, of directing his energies along well defined paths, of fair dealing with the public.

George M. Smith is a native of Starke county, Indiana, born near Round Lake, May 16, 1873, his parents having been natives of the Buckeye and the Keystone states, respectively. His father, Truman M. Smith, was born in Darke county, Ohio, and his mother, who, before her marriage, was Elmira Justice, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Truman M. Smith was a farmer by occupation, who emigrated to Indiana in 1838, and lived in Whitley county until 1854, when he removed to Starke county. He was a soldier in the Civil War and served throughout the war as a private in the One Hundred and Fifty first Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. After the dose of the war he resumed farming in Starke county, and in 1892 retired from the active work of the farm and removed to Knox, Indiana, where he and his good wife now live. They are the parents of six children, of whom Edward J., the eldest, is deceased; Hattie M., the wife of Howard Lee, lives in Bisbee, Arizona; George M., the immediate subject .of this review; Frances M. is the wife of Elmer E. Rogers, the editor of the Warren County Republican, of Williamsport, Indiana; Oscar B., an attorney of Knox, Indiana; On D., a rural mail carrier out of North Judson, Indiana.

Born on a farm near Round Lake, Indiana, George M. Smith lived at home on the farm until he was twenty eight years old, having in the meantime received a liberal education in the public schools of Starke county, at Valparaiso University, and at Indiana University. He was graduated from Valparaiso University in 1892, and three years later from Indiana University, receiving from Indiana the degree of Doctor of Laws. In the meantime he had taught school for eight years in Starke and adjoining counties. The year after his graduation from Indiana University.he was admitted to the bar at Knox, Indiana, and after practicing at the latter place for two years, removed to Indianapolis, where he was in the active practice of law for eight years. In 1904 Mr. Smith removed to Flora, Carroll county, Indiana, where he practiced until the spring of 1911, when he removed to Delphi, and here he has since been engaged in the active practice of his profession, being especially prominent as expert in titles and abstracts.

On June 9, 1896, George M. Smith was married to Sophia A. Sheibal, of Bass Lake, Starke county, Indiana, and to this union there have been born three children: Dean, who is sixteen years old, is a senior in the Delphi school and a member of the Delphi band; Ethel M., aged fourteen, is a junior in the high school, and Catherine Almira, the youngest of the family, aged six years.

Mr. Smith has always been more or less prominent in politics, and is identified with the Republican party. While a resident of Flora he served as a member of the school board. Fraternally, he is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, and has risen to the rank of Royal Arch Mason at Delphi. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Smith and family are members of the Methodist church, in which they are actively interested.

Mr. Smith lives in a picturesque home on the edge of the city of Delphi, where he entertains his many friends in a hospitable manner, he and his estimable wife being prominent in the social life of Delphi and Carroll county.

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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