Edwin Smith, a retired farmer residing in Hastings, is widely known throughout the county and his sterling worth
is indicated in the fact that those who have been most closely associated with him are his stanchest friends. He
was born in New York in 1842 and is a son of John and Keziah (Hallock) Smith, both also natives of that state.
He attended the common schools until fifteen years of age and in 1863, when twenty one years old, enlisted in Company
G, One Hundred and Thirty ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, having removed to Marshall county, Illinois, earlier
in that year. He remained with his command until honorably discharged from the military service on the 28th of
October, 1864, when he returned to Illinois. He continued to farm there until 1876, in which year he came to Adams
county, Nebraska, and bought eighty acres of land in Ayr township. He devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits
and lived upon his farm until 1905, when he removed to Hastings, where he has since lived. He was very industrious
and as the years passed his well directed labors yielded him such large returns that he was able to accumulate
a competence that now enables him to enjoy a period of leisure.
Mr. Smith was married in 1882 to Mrs. Isabelle (Herlinger) Campbell. By her former marriage she had a son, Ira,
who was born on the 2d of June, 1876, in Pennsylvania but was brought by his parents to Adams county in 1878. He
attended the country schools until he entered the high school at Hastings and after completing the course there
continued his studies in the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, graduating from the Liberal Arts College of that
institution in 1901. He devoted his life to the profession of teaching and was for some time superintendent of
schools at Nelson, Nebraska, and also taught summer schools at Geneva, Nebraska. His untimely death occurred on
the 25th of August, 1906. He was married in 1902 to Miss Anna Stein, a daughter of John Stein, an early settler
of Adams county, and to them was born a daughter, Dolores, whose birth occurred in 1903. She and her mother are
now living in Hastings. Mrs. Smith died in Hastings in 1906. In 1908 Mr. Smith was again married, Mrs. Sarah (Glazier)
Garries becoming his wife. She was born in Ireland in 1848 but in 1852 accompanied her parents to America, the
family home being established first in Canada. Subsequently a removal was made to Michigan and in that state she
was married to Charles Garries, a farmer who about 1888 removed with his family to Adams county, Nebraska. He became
the owner of a good farm six miles north of Hastings and resided there until 1905, when he retired and moved to
Hastings, where he died not long afterward. To him and his wife were born six children, four sons and two daughters.
William Henry, who was born in 1864, is an evangelist and is living in Falls City, Nebraska. He has two children.
George Edward, whose birth occurred in 1867, is an implement dealer of Bentley, Alberta, Canada, and is married
and has seven children. John Hollis was born in 1869 and is farming four miles northwest of Hastings. He is married
and has a daughter. Rosa Anne, born in 1872, became the wife of Robert Benfield, of Hastings, and died in 1904,
leaving two children. Mary Elizabeth, who was born in 1874, is the wife of Elmer Stedman; of Denver and has one
child. Arthur Hugh, born in 1881, is farming near Caster, Alberta, Canada, and is married and has four children.
Mr. Smith is a democrat in his political belief and served for a number of years as school treasurer and township
assessor and treasurer. He is a member of Silas A. Strickland Post, No. 13, Civil War Veterans, and has held all
of the offices, including that of commander, in which he is now serving The Methodist Episcopal church profits
by his support and all measures seeking the moral advancement of his community receive his cooperation. The success
which he has gained is the direct result of his enterprise and careful management and his many friends are glad
that he is now able to enjoy a period of leisure.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
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