Biography of Charles V. Smith
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CHARLES VAIL SMITH has been well known in New York State for many years as an able and experienced sales representative. After nearly thirty years of successful experience "on the road," representing various manufacturers of stationery, he established a stationery business of his own in Binghamton, New York, and for the past fourteen years has been conducting a steadily growing enterprise there.

Born at Tyler Hill, Wayne county, Pennsylvania, August 15, 1866, Mr. Smith is a son of William A. Smith, a successful merchant of Wayne county, and of Georgiana (Vail) Smith. He received a careful education in the country schools of Wayne county, and in Wayne Academy, and in 1882 came to Binghamton, New York, where he found employment in the grocery store located at No. 44 Court street, and owned by William H. Mosher. His next position was the one which began his long connection with the stationery business. He became associated with Stevens & Miller, stationers, on State street, in Binghamton, and for a period of eighteen years represented that concern on the road. At the end of that time he enlarged his experience by entering the employ of the W. H. Chamberlain Company, stationers, of Syracuse, for whom he traveled during the next five years. He then became identified with the Berlin & Jones Envelope Company, of New York City, which concern he rep.resented throughout New York State for another period of five years. Having by the end of that period been continuously engaged as a traveling representative for eighteen years, he decided to establish a business of his own and chose the city of Binghamton for his enterprise. In April, 1909, he opened a stationery store at No. 105 Court street. His long association with the stationery business, as well as his general ability and his wide acquaintance, insured success, and the business grew rapidly. In 1921 he purchased the site at No. 101 Court street, and there during the past three years he has been steadily enlarging and developing his already large enterprise. He caters to much of the best patronage of the city, and has established a reputation not only for a superior quality of goods, but also for honest business methods and courteous service. Few men in Binghamton are more thoroughly acquainted with the needs and conditions of the trade in New York State, and his patrons appreciate his ability to gauge the needs of his special trade. Fraternally, he is a member of the Blue Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; and of the Binghamton Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was also one of the first six men to meet for a Rotary Club luncheon in Binghamton, but on account of inability to attend weekly meetings he is no longer a Rotarian. His religious affiliation is with Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, which he has served as trustee and deacon for many years. In Elmira, New York, August 2, 1891, Charles Vail Smith married Lillian Betts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George I. Betts. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are the parents of two children: Irene Elizabeth, and Esther Lucille.

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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