Biography of Charles Smith
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Charles Smith, a pioneer settler in the northwestern part of Houston county, was born in New York State in 1818, and was by occupation a farmer. In 1854 he came west to Houston county, Minn., taking land two miles west of Houston village, which was then known as Hamilton. In time he became an extensive land owner, and served as land agent and surveyor for nine years, locating land for new settlers. For nine years the Houston post office was located at his farm residence, he being the first postmaster. Then, as he did not wish to serve any longer, it was transferred to Houston. Mr. Smith died on his farm in 1879, his loss being regretted by a wide circle of friends. He married Sophia Galutia, like himself, a native of New York State, born in 1820. She survived him a few years, dying in 1886. They were the parents of four children: Riley, Elroy, Lucy and Herbert.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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