Biography of Herbert Smith
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Herbert Smith, who is now living practically retired in the village of Houston, after many years spent in the cultivation of the soil, was born two miles west of Houston, on the farm of his parents, Charles and Sophia (Galutia) Smith, June 5, 1858, being the second white child born in the county. As he grew up he attended the district school and assisted his father to develop the home farm, of which he took charge at the age of twenty-two years, remaining on it for fifteen years thereafter. He then sold it and bought another farm, operating it from Houston, in which vAllage he took up his residence. He has since continued to reside here and has recently sold his farm, being now practically retired. Mr. Smith joined the Masonic lodge in Houston a year after it was started and has passed through all the chairs. He is also a member of the Eastern Star lodge. In politics he is a Democrat and for eight years he served as boiler inspector. On March 15, 1881, Mr. Smith married Sarah Sample, who was born in the western part of New York State, Jan. 30, 1860, daughter of Gerome and Ellen (Porter) Sample. Her parents, also born in western New York, came to this county at an early date, locating first on Highland Prairie. They later retired and moved to Houston village where both died. Their daughter Sarah was the fifth born of their six children. The others are: Madellia, Genge, Ida, Newland and Emma. Mrs. Smith is a charter member of Houston Eastern Star.

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


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