Biography of E. D. Smith
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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 county.

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 craft.

From:
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Chiago 1901


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