SAMUEL SMITH was a native of Rhinebeck, N. Y., born about the year 1820. When a young man he went to Newburgh
and learned the tailor trade and worked on the bench until failing health compelled him to abandon that pursuit.
He then learned the trade of hatter and in 1849 started west intending to locate at Elmira, but on arriving at
Owego was prevailed upon by business men to take up his residence in the village. With him were his wife and daughter.
From that time he is identified with local interests, except for a period of about two years, during which he lived
at his old home on the Hudson. His first shop was on the site of the present Tioga National bank and was burned
in the great fire of 1849. He was in business in Owego until thetime of his death in January, 1891. His wife died
two years later. Their children were Mary A., (who died in 1891) wife of Eugene B. Burdick, and James L., of Owego.
The latter was born in Newburgh in 1854, and was brought up in a store as clerk. At the age of twenty-one he began
keeping books and was so employed for about eight years. In 1890 he purchased the City Steam Laundry in Owego which
he has since conducted and he has enjoyed a liberal share of public patronage. In 1876 Mr. Smith married with Flora
Luce. They have one child.
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?
Tioga County, NY
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