Biography of Victor W. Smith
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Smith, Victor W., was born in Troy, Jtly 25, 1862, and his father, John C. Smith, came from England in 1837 and was the son of a gentleman farmer; he was a carver and designer by trade, and died July 29, 1887. His mother was Hannah B. (Dobinett) Smith of Wilmington, Del., and a descendant of very prominent old French settlers. Victor W. was educated in the public schools of Troy and in the Troy Business College, and his musical education was received under the tutorship of E. J. Maschke, and was the first orchestra leader of Maschke's Cadet Band. He has been musical director of the Griswold Opera House for eight years. He is a teacher of the violin, banjo and guitar, and has a very large class. May 9, 1886, he married Mary E. Johnson, of West Troy. Mr. Smith was the first person to introduce the mandolin into the city of Troy, which he did in 1885.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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