Biography of George L. Smith
North Central Ohio Biographies

George L. Smith is a veteran of the World War and a successful young business man of Lorain, where he is secretary and treasurer of the American Crucible Products Company. He was born at Bucyrus, Ohio, Feb. 25, 1897, the son of John S. and Daisy (Kramer) Smith.

John S. Smith was born at New Winchester, Ohio, and his wife is a native of Bucyrus. As a young man he became identified with the Ohio Fuel Gas Utilities Company, with whom he has been associated throughout his entire career. Re is now manager of the Ashland district, where he resides. Mr. Smith is a Republican, a member of St. John's German Reformed Church, and belongs to the Elk and Eagle lodges. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have two sons: George L., the subject of this sketch; and Paul, who lives in Lorain.

George L. Smith obtained his education in the public schools of Bucyrus, Willard and Plymouth, being graduated from Plymouth High School in 1915. He then entered the employ of the Logan Gas Company, and traveled throughout Ohio for the company in the installation of industrial furnaces. For a time he was connected with the company's offices in Elyria. In 1918 Mr. Smith volunteered for service in the World War and was sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio, later being transferred to Camp Johnston, Jacksonville, Fla., where he attended an officers training school. For a time he was stationed at Camp Knox, Ky., with an engineering corps, and was discharged from the service in March, 1919, with the rank of quartermaster sergeant, senior grade. Mr. Smith resumed his former employment with the Logan Gas Company in their Lorain offices, and after a short time became cashier. In June, 1920, he entered the employ of the American Crucible Products Company as a bookkeeper in their Elyria offices. He was elected secretary and treasurer of the company in 1925, and was also appointed general manager. The plant and business was removed to Lorain in August, 1926.

On Oct. 26, 1928, Mr. Smith was united in marriage with Miss Mary Louise Barres, the daughter of Casper and Louise Barres, of Elyria. He is also connected with the American Crucible Products Company.

Mr. Smith is affiliated with Lorain Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 552; B. P. O. Elks, No. 1301; and is a Republican in politics.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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