C. P. Smith, who is living in honorable retirement from active life in Malmo, was born in Smola, Sweden, September
16, 1836, a son of Nels and Catherine (Young) Smith, both natives of Sweden, where they passed their entire lives.
They were the parents of six children: Mrs. Christina Swanson, now a widow residing in Malmo; C. P.; Augusta; John,
deceased; Gustave, who is still living in Sweden; and one who died in infancy.
C. P. Smith received hips education in Sweden and remained in that country until he was thirty eight years of age.
He then decided to take advantage of the excellent opportunities offered to men of industry and enterprise in this
country and accordingly emigrated to the United States. He located in Michigan, where he remained for a year, after
which he removed to Tennessee, but two years later he returned to Michigan. He lived there for eight years and
then came to Saunders county, Nebraska, settling on land three miles northeast of Malmo He cultivated and improved
his place until 1906, when, feeling that he had accumulated a competence, he retired and removed to Malmo, where
he owns a fine residence and two lots. He has sold his farm, which comprised eighty acres.
In 1862 Mr. Smith married Miss Johanna Jerling, who was born in Sweden. She passed away in February, 1913, and
was buried in Malmo. They were the parents of six children: Victor, the senior partner in the firm of Smith &
Anderson of Wahoo; Hilda, the wife of Iver Bedenberg, who is living in Colorado; Edla, the wife of Gust Milton,
a farmer residing near Malmo; Alma, and Jennie, both deceased.
Mr. Smith is a republican in politics but has cast one democratic vote for president. He holds membership in the
Swedish Mission church at Malmo and in the teachings of that organization are found the principles that guide his
life. He has reached the advanced age of seventy nine years and the period of leisure which he is enjoying is richly
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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