GEORGE W. SMITH, a representative agriculturist of Liberty, township, whose excellent farm of 120 acres is situated
in section 13, was born January 14, 1863, in Liberty township, Mercer County, Ohio, and is a son of George and
Gertrude Wappas Smith.
The parents of Mr. Smith were natives of. Germany. The father was a boy of 12 years when he accompanied his parents
to America. The family lived for a time in Pennsylvania and then came to Mercer County, Ohio, and settled on a
wild tract of land in section 24, Liberty townthip. They were compelled to endure many hardships for the first
few years, as were all the pioneers, but in spite of them the family flourished, increased in numbers and substance
and now the Smith family of Liberty township, founded by our subject's grandfather, John Smith, is one of the representative
ones of this locality. George Smith died June 3, 1901. He was one of the leading members of the Evangelical Association.
His wife passed away November 16, 1890. Both were widely known and highly esteemed.
George W. Smith was reared in Liberty township and was educated in the district schools. A long and intimate familiarity
with all kinds of farm work has made of Mr. Smith a very competent farmer and his well tilled land and the evidences
of its productiveness seen on every hand mark him as a thoroughgoing agriculturist. Of his present farm, 40 acres
were formerly included in the old homestead.
Mr. Smith was married to Lydia C. Smith, a daughter of George Smith, of Hopewell township,
and they have two children - Mervin and Ruth M.
Although Mr. Smith is identified with the Republican party, he has his own ideas and claims the right sometimes
to vote independently. He has always been a man of prominence in his township and has served at various times as
school director of Dist. No. 6. He belongs to the Evangelical Association.
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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