Biography of Henry Smith
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Henry Smith, proprietor of Ada Hotel, was born in Burlington, Vt., Feb. 4. 1830. His parents were Tory and Jane Smith. He came with his parents to Kent county in 1837. Here in the midst of primeval nature he was reared to maturity, receiving his education in the pioneer schools. Mr. Smith established a broom factory in 1846 and followed manufacturing brooms till 1874. In 1875 he, removed to Ada and opened a hotel. In 1880 he purchased the Heath House at Reed City, and has since run it. Mr. Smith was married Jan. 1, 1854, to Miss Catharine Clark, a daughter of Harvey Clark, born in Plattsburg, N. Y., Aug. 6, 1836. This union was blest with two children, viz.: William H., born Jan. 17, 1858, was married Feb. 5, 1880, to Georgia H. Densmore, and had one child, Angie G. born Nov. 29, 1880. Hattie, the youngest, was born May 26, 1867. Mr. Smith is owner of a valuable farm of 170 acres on sec. 35; of this 135 acres is under a state of cultivation, the fruits of Mr. Smith's untiring labors. Mr. Smith resided on his farm till May, 1815, when he purchased his hotel in Ada, and since has lived somewhat retired. Mr. Smith is the proprietor of a first class hotel. He is a man of good social character and bears an honorable reputation. Mrs. Smith is a member of the Baptist Church, and is a lady of more than ordinary worth.


From:
History of Kent County, Michigan
Chas C. Chapman & Company
Chicago 1881.

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