Horatio R. Smith, who is successfully operating a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Blaine township, was
born in Fayette county, Ohio, on the 27th of January, 1861. His parents, Peter W. and Ella (Painter) Smith, were
both also natives of Ohio, where they were reared and married. At length they removed to Jasper county, Iowa, where
the father purchased land which he operated for a number of years. In 1881, however, he came to Adams county, Nebraska.
To him and his wife were born five sons and five daughters, of whom two daughters and all the sons became residents
of Adams county. Malvern became the wife of Elwood Hickman, but both are now deceased. Anna, the only living daughter,
for a time made her home in Adams county but is now living in Fayette county, Ohio. Edward and Charles E. are living
in Hastings. Louis is now living in Fayette county, Ohio, but was formerly a resident of Adams county. William
E. is living in Holbrook, Nebraska.
Horatio R. Smith attended the common schools during his boyhood and also devoted much time to assisting his father
with the farm work, thus gaining valuable knowledge concerning practical agricultural methods. In 1879 he came
to Adams county and for a year worked for his brother Charles E., who was farming in Blain township. In 1880 he
began his independent career and has since operated rented land. He has farmed at different times in Blaine, Zero
and Denver townships and for the past two years has rented one hundred and sixty acres on section 32, Blain township.
He is successful in the cultivation of the soil and the care of stock and receives a good annual income from his
labors. He takes pride in keeping everything about the place in good condition and is recognized as an efficient
In 1887 Mr. Smith was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Roberts, a daughter of William Roberts, who removed to
this county from Ohio in 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have become the parents of six children, as follows : Earl, who
was born on the 22d of March, 1888, married Miss Frances Ferguson, a daughter of Frederick Ferguson, formerly of
Denver township but now farming in Blain township. Two children have been born of this union. Charles, whose birth
occurred on the 5th of December, 1894, is living in Blue Hill, Nebraska. Florence, who was born on the 6th of October,
1897, is at home. The three youngest children, Carl, born December 6, 1899, Floyd, born October 2, 1904, and Paul,
born February 7, 1907, are all attending the district school.
Mr. Smith believes that the policies of the republican party are based upon sound principles of government and
supports its candidates at the polls. He served for several years as road overseer and justice of the peace and
made an excellent record in those offices. His religious allegiance is given to the Methodist church and fraternally
he belongs to the Loyal Mystic Legion of Hastings, of which he is a charter member. He began his career empty handed
but as the years have passed has worked hard and practiced thrift and is now in comfortable circumstances. Moreover,
he has so ordered his life that he has won the esteem and respect of all who have come into contact with him and
has gained the warm regard of many.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Adams County, NE
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