Biography of Fred A. Smith
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Fred Arthur Smith, who lives retired at Malone, was for many years owner and manager of the Smith Hotel, which is one of the popular hostelries of Franklin County. He was born at Burke, N. Y., May 12, 1859, the son of Arthur and Nancy (Gwinn) Smith.

Arthur Smith was a native of Vermont, born in 1809. He settled in Northern New York with his parents during the early days, and became a prosperous farmer. He was the son of Rufus Smith, and the Smith homestead was located on the present site of Burke. In 1833 Arthur Smith married Miss Nancy Gwinn, of Trout River, N. Y. Their children were: William and Ira, who were Civil War veterans, having served with the 98th New York Volunteer Infantry; Ella, Sarah, Arthur, Emma, all deceased; and Fred. Arthur Smith went to California during the Gold Rush of 1849, but returned to New York after several years. He died in 1872 and his wife died in 1870. Both are buried at Burke.

The boyhood of Fred Arthur Smith was spent at Burke, and he attended Holyoke Academy. For six years he was employed by the Smith & Wesson Arms Company, of Springfield, Mass. He later went to New York City and shipped as a seaman. He sailed to San Francisco via Cape Horn and remained in California as a gold prospector for six years. Upon his return to the East Mr. Smith located at Malone, where he spent two years in the employ of John Moore, confectioner. He then was connected with the Flannigan Hotel, and in 1891 established a confectionery business of his own in Malone. Ten years later he disposed of the latter and at that time purchased the Hill Crest Inn, which was thereafter known as the Smith Hotel. Mr. Smith remained as proprietor for a period of 17 years, the hotel now being owned by Roy Kirk, although it is still known as the Smith Hotel. Mr. Smith is now the owner of a fine farm of 47 acres southwest of the village of Malone, where he resides. He is also the proprietor of a small confectionery business at Webster and Woodford streets.

In November, 1891, Mr. Smith married Miss Nettie Jarvis, the daughter of Frank Jarvis, of Belmont, N. Y. They have no children.

Mr. Smith has always been independent in politics. He is an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, a 32nd degree Mason, and belongs to the Elks Lodge, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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