Biography of Elijah B. Smith
Chemung County, NY Biographies





Smith, Elijah B., head of the firm of the Clipper Chilled Plow Company, was born in Broome County in 1827, and is the son of a farmer, Elijah L., of that county. He was educated in the common schools and followed farming till twenty two years of age. He came to Elmira and engaged in the lumber business until 1858, when he bought out a bakery and manufactory of confectionery, which business he followed till 1865. He was engaged in the same business in Corning for nine and one half years, but lived in Elmira. He engaged in business with the Clipper Chilled Plow Company and in 1888 with Bogardus & Strait (William Strait and John Bogardus), who had burned out at Horseheads. The firm employs about twenty five or thirty hands. L. G. Abbott was also a member of the firm, hut retired after two years. The firm now has for one of its members H. G. Mix. Elijah B. Smith has been three years superior president of the Elmira Silver Mining Company of Idaho, and was one of the organizers of that company. At the outbreak of the war ho was identified with the militia of the State. He married, in Elmira in 1861, a daughter of James Ewing, a carriagemaker who is now dead. Mr. Smith put in the first steam bakery in Elmira.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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