Biography of Peter Smith
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

Peter Smith, jeweler, is a native of Germany, and there lived from the time of his birth, 1819 until 1847, then came to America. The father being a jeweler, his son acquired the trade at the age of ten years. He settled in America, first at Mansfield,, Ohio, removing two years later to Sandusky City, thence in 1851, to Cincinnati. In 1855, came to Hastings and opened the first jewelry store in Dakota county. The next year he built a store in the same locality. He is now doing business at 256 Second street, and has a general stock of jewelry, plate, watches and clocks. Mr. Smith and Miss Barbara Abel were united in marriage in 1855. They have nine children living: Kate, Ferdinand, Charles, Jacob, Adolph, Matilda, Peter, Mary and John.


From:
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.


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