William W. Smith, president of the J. W. Greene Company, dealers in musical instruments and musical merchandise,
has long been associated with the commercial interests of Toledo in this way, having come to the city in 1896.
He was born in Fremont, Ohio. April 6, 1872, and is a son of William J. and Laura (Greene) Smith. The father was
a farmer by occupation, devoting his life to that pursuit in order to provide for the support of his family.
William W. Smith obtained a public school education and afterward took up the profession of teaching, which he
successfully followed for a time, proving capable and efficient in the schoolroom, imparting readily and clearly
to others the knowledge that he had acquired. Thinking to find business opportunities. however, that would bring
a more speedy financial return, he came to Toledo in 1896 and here entered into active association with his maternal
uncle, J. W. Greene, owner of a music store. For a number of years he traveled for the J. W. Greene Company and
upon the incorporation of the business in 1899 he was elected the secretary and treasurer. He has remained one
of the officials thereof and is now president. For more than a quarter of a century he has been identified with
this house and the business throughout the period has steadily grown and developed, its trade increasing consistently
year by year as the result of the keen business sagacity and unfaltering enterprise of the men at its head. There
have been no esoteric phases in the career of William W. Smith, whose progress has been the logical outcome of
his perseverance, his energy and capability.
The year which witnessed Mr. Smith's arrival in Toledo and his connection with the Greene music house also saw
the establishment of a home Of his own; for it was on the 12th of November, 1896, that he was united in marriage
to Miss Hattie Havens of Fremont Ohio. They are members of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal church, interested in
its work and doing all in their power to further its progress. Mr. Smith, is also a member of the Toledo Club,
the Inverness Club, the Rotary Club and the Commerce Club, and is also a Knight of Pythias. His interests are broad
in scope, covering all those activities which have to do with the city's upbuilding, progress and welfare.
Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo
Lucas County, Ohio Biographies
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