Biography of William C. Smith
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Smith, William Charles, police commissioner and manager of the Elmira Opera House, was born in Albany on December 23, 1843, a son of Daniel Smith. He came to Elmira in 1859, and when the war broke Out he was clerking in a dry goods house. Entering the army on May 22, 1861, as a drummer in Company F, Nineteenth New York Volunteers, he served five months in Virginia, and being discharged he entered One Hundred and Seventh Regiment, but this organization was full, and he was refused membership, yet he remained with them nearly fourteen months. He took part in the battles of Antietam and Chancellorsville. Returing to Elmira he engaged in the theatrical business asstage carpenter and property man. Since 1870 he has been the local manager. Mr. Smith has managed the Madison Avenue Theater in New York for two years, opening it first in 1886. He was superintendent of the street railway for a while, was manager of the Elmira base ball team for two years, and at one time was manager of the Maple Avenue Athletic Association On the road he managed for Augustin Daly, the Vernon Sisters, Victoria Loftus Company, and Madame Du Clois. Mr. Smith is a grand trustee of the A. O. U. W., a member of the Grand Lodge F. and A. M. for six years, a K. T., and the founder of Elk Lodge, of which latter organization he has filled all the offices. He is now master workman of the A. O. U. W. and a member of Baldwin Post, No. 6, G. A. R. He was police commissioner for three years and nine months, resigning January 2, 1891. He married, in 1868, Miss Louise Vail, and has three children.

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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