Biography of Frank E. Smith
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Frank Elmer Smith. - As proprietor of a hardware business at Tupper Lake for almost 30 years, Mr. Smith is widely and favorably known throughout Franklin County. He was born at Constable, N. Y., June 19, 1874, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Lewis) Smith.

Thomas Smith, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Ireland in 1830 and emigrated to the United States with his two brothers in 1851. They settled in northern New York, and in early life Thomas Smith was interested in farming. He served throughout the Civil War as a member of Company E, 98th New York Volunteer Infantry. Later, Mr. Smith became interested in business at Malone, where he conducted a retail meat business. He died in 1906 and is buried in Morningside Cemetery, Malone. His wife was a native of Burke, N. Y. To them were born the following children: 1. Died in infancy. 2. Minor L., born in 1853, died in 1925, was for many years an engineer on the O. & L. C. Division of the N. Y. C. Railroad, and lived at Malone. 3. Augusta, born in 1855, died in 1882, was the wife of Fayette Barlow, of Malone. 4. Olive, died in 1896, was the wife of George Douglass, of Burke, N. Y. 5. Bert Thomas, lives at Brandon, N. Y. 6. Lillian, born in 1871, is the widow of Schuyler Cargin, lives at Constable, N. Y. 7. Clarence, born in 1872, lives at Dickinson Center, N. Y. 8. Frank Elmer, the subject of this sketch.

The boyhood of Frank Elmer Smith was spent at Burke, N. Y. At the age of 16 years he was employed in a creamery at that place and two years later he was employed in a harness shop at Burke, which was owned by his brother in law, George Douglass. They became successful harness makers and later Mr. Smith purchased the business of Joseph Jarvis. In 1902 he removed his business to Tupper Lake and at that time took over the interests of D. C. Randall. He also added a hardware stock to his business and has since managed the enterprise at this place. He has a well stocked shop and carries on a large volume of business annually.

Mr. Smith was married in April, 1908, to Miss Anna Maud Marsh, the daughter of Byron Marsh, of Norfolk, N. Y. She died Nov. 6, 1930, and is buried in Tupper Lake Cemetery. To Mr. and Mrs. Smith was born a son, Floyd M., born March 21, 1910. He is a graduate of Tupper Lake High School and is now associated in business with his father.

Mr. Smith has always been a Republican. He is a member of the Mount Arab Masonic Lodge, No. 847; 32nd degree, Utica Consistory, and belongs to the Ziyara Temple, of Utica, N. Y. He is also affiliated with B. P. O. Elks, and belongs to the Fish and Game Club of Tupper Lake.

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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