Biography of Stephen A. Smith
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STEPHEN A. SMITH.
Iowa, a progressive state, has given to Missouri, another progressive state, some of its most progressive citizens. One Iowan who has achieved success in Missouri is Stephen A. Smith, of Joplin, Jasper county. Mr. Smith is a native of Mills county, Iowa, a son of Chauncey and Caroline (Hopper) Smith. His father, who was born in Massachusetts, came to Joplin from Iowa in 1876 and died in 1892, at the age of sixty six years. His mother, who was a native of Pennsylvania, is living at Joplin, aged sixty nine years.

In 1878, before Mr. Smith was scarcely large enough to take up the battle of life for himself, he commenced teaming, and continued that occupation until 1885, when he quit it and turned to mining, to which he has given his attention from that day to this. All in all, he has had very good success, and has opened up several first class mines. His first mining for himself was on the Loyd & Guin land, known now as the Missouri Lead and Zinc Company's land. It proved to be a big producer in lead and zinc, and he was superintendent and general manager of that mine. It was known as Smith, League & Company's mine. He worked this mine until 1889, and then commenced prospecting at Gordon Hollow, and made a fairly good strike at that place, operating it for six months, and sold out for a very good price. He was superintendent of the Crossman Mining Company for three years, and he was transferred from there to the mine called the Bell Buoy, still operating for the same company, and was connected with that concern in one capacity or another for about six years, and then turned his attention to mining for himself.

Again he leased ground on the Gregory lease known as the Rex Mining Company's ground, and opened up another big paying mine known as Myers, Smith & Company's mine, working this mine till 1897, and then he took charge of the famous June mine as superintendent, working at that place for two years, and while superintending at that place he was also prospecting for himself and opened up the famous Nine Spot, known now as the Essex, and also the Four by Six mine, both of which were sold advantageously by the company of which he was a member, and then he became superintendent for the Massasoit Mining Company, remaining there one year, and later on opened the Friday mine on Massasoit lease, and at this time has two shafts sunk to a depth of one hundred and ten feet, both of which are being worked with good results.

Mr. Smith was married, in 1890, to Miss Tennie L. Myers, daughter of William and Lucinda Myers, who came to Joplin in 1872. They have had five children: Chauncey W., Ralph R., Stephen A., Jr., Joanna. M. and Richard A. Smith.

In politics Mr. Smith is a Democrat. He is a Modern Woodman and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. A man of broad views and patriotic spirit, he takes a deep interest in all affairs affecting the welfare of this city and county, and has become known for his helpful public spirit.

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


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