Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
The present County Surveyor and ex-Representative of Cass County in the Legislature, was born in Erie County,
Penn., August 7, 1829, and was the son of Charles F. and Emily (Leach) Smith. One of his ancestors, his mother’s
father, James Leach, was a brave soldier in the war of 1812, and was killed at the battle of Niagara Falls, which
occurred July 25, 1814. The subject of our sketch obtained an academical education in Erie County, and in the year
1848 came to Michigan with his uncle, Joshua Leach, who was one of the pioneers of Penn Township. The first employment
of the young man was teaching school. lie taught two terms on Young’s Prairie or more properly at the locality
known as Geneva, and there worked for Joseph Harper and Daniel McIntosh, who had the contract for building a road
across the marsh in Penn Township. In 1849, he went back to Pennsylvania, and from there journeyed to Yazoo County,
Miss., in the same year. He there taught school until June, 1850, when he returned to his old home. He had gained
many ideas in regard to the Southern country and people, and it was his intention to revisit the Yazoo region,
but obtaining a good offer to resume teaching in his old school in Michigan, he again journeyed here, in 1852.
He taught occasionally for a considerable time, but having, in 1853, commenced surveying, he made that his principal
work, and, for the next twelve years, was continuously in occupation of the office, either as County Surveyor or
Deputy Surveyor. In 1855, Mr. Smith bought forty acres of land, the beginning of his present fine farm of nearly
two hundred and fifty acres. Cass County sent Amos Smith as its Representative to the State Legislature, in 1868.
He was elected upon the ticket of the Republican party, to which he has been attached since its organization. In
1875, he was appointed. County Surveyor, to fill a vacancy caused by death, and has since occupied the office,
by virtue of successive elections. Hehas been Supervisor of Penn Township three times, and held other positions
of honor and trust. A man of much pubtic spririt, he has endeavored to advance all of the best local interests,
and perhaps has labored for no other cause more efficiently than for the public schools of Yandalia. He taught
in them for two years subsequent to the time when they were graded, and has been, for nine years, a School Director.
Mr. Smith was married, in 1855, to Martha J. East, daughter of James and Anna East, an old family of the county.
Their children are Charles F., born September 29, 1856; Frederick E., born August 7, 1858; and George D., born
June 24, 1864.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.