In the subject of this sketch is found one of Hopewell township's most highly esteemed citizens. He is the owner
of 100 acres of valuable land, situated in section 30, and has long been accounted a representative agriculturist
of this part of Mercer County. Mr. Smith was born in Germany, December 23, 1839, and is a son of Frederick and
Elizabeth (Garlag) Smith.
Frederick Smith brought his family to America in 1847, and came directly to Mercer County, Ohio. He was one of
the early pioneers and found a still undeveloped country where are now fertile fields and every indication of a
high state of civilization. He cleared up a large farm in Hopewell township, where the rest of a long and useful
life was spent, which extended into his 100th year, his death taking place on June 30, 1906. Of his children, these
survive: Henry, of Hopewell township; George, of this sketch; Andrew, of Hopewell township; Frederick, of Hanover,
Michigan; Caroline, wife of George J. Smith, of Hopewell township; and Susan, wife of Jasper Cole, of Celina.
George Smith was reared among pioneer surroundings and can recall many interesting circumstances relative to early
days in this township. His life has been one devoted to agriculture and he has done his part in developing farming
interests and in raising the standard of agricultural achievement. He formerly owned 180 acres but has retained
but 100, which he devotes to general farming and stock raising. While his life has been a successful one, he has
had much to contend with and his prosperity is but the reward of his own unassisted efforts.
In September, 1864, he enlisted for service in the Civil War, becoming a member of Company K, 43rd Reg., Ohio Vol.
Inf., which was attached to General Sherman's command. Mr. Smith took part in the famous "March to the Sea"
and was concerned in the siege and subsequent capture of Atlanta. With the victorious army, Mr. Smith took part
in the Grand Review at Washington and was mustered out of the service in June, 1865.
Mr. Smith was united in marriage with Magdalena Myers, who was born in Pennsylvania and accompanied her parents
to Hopewell township in girlhood. The children born to our subject and wife were the following: Mary A., wife of
Frederick Hasis, of Center township; Lydia C., wife of George W. Smith, of Liberty township;
Callie, wife of Joseph Stedcke, of Hopewell township; Amanda, wife of Frank Stedcke, of Hopewell township; Frank
D., of Hopewell township; Lulu L., wife of Richard Stedcke, of Hopewell township; John F., of Jefferson township;
Fannie, wife of William Eichenaur, of Hopewell township; and Pearl A., wife of James Highley, of Hopewell township.
Mr. Smith has always been a stanch supporter of the Democratic party but has never aspired to office. He is a valued
member of the Evangelical Association. Through a long and useful life he has maintained a reputation for strict
fairness and integrity in his dealings with his fellow citizens and consequently enjoys their respect and esteem.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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