E. D. SMITH.
E. D. Smith, one of the owners and the superintendent of the Independence mine, has been largely instrumental in
developing the natural resources of this section of the state, and his labors have not alone contributed. to his
individual prosperity, but have also largely promoted the material interests of Missouri. He claims Iowa as the
state of his nativity, his birth having occurred in Clinton county. His father, M. O. Smith, became a resident
of that county in 1844, settling at Maquoketa, where he remained until 1876. He then became a farmer of Grundy
E. D. Smith, the subject of this review, is a mining expert, and for a. number of years he has been identified
with the important work of taking from the mountain side the rich mineral deposits and securing the valuable metals
that they may be used in connection with the commercial activity of the nation. He is now part owner and superintendent
of the Independence mine, which is located on the Robert Miller land. Mr. Smith first opened. the mine in partnership
with J. A. Graves, of Chicago, and together they own. and operate this valuable property, on which is a hundred
ton mill and two shafts, each one hundred and fifty feet. They have a first lease of one hundred and forty six
acres and four sub leases on the land. This mine is one of the best producers in the locality, and in fact surpasses
many of the other mines. For the past four years Mr. Smith has followed mining operations in different parts of
this locality, and his unfaltering perseverance and unflagging enterprise and sound judgment have gained him rank
among the foremost business men of his state. Before coming to Missouri he followed merchandising, and in that
vocation he also met with a very creditable degree of success.
As a companion and helpmate on the journey of life Mr. Smith chose Miss Anna E. Crow, a native of Delaware county,
Iowa. In his social relations he is a Mason, and in his daily life exemplifies the ennobling principles of the
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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