Biography of Henry F. Smith
North Central Ohio Biographies

Henry F. Smith. Numbered among the representative and highly successful business men of Lorain County is Henry F. Smith, who is vice president of the Peoples Banking Company, of Oberlin. He was born at Elyria, Ohio, Nov. 30, 1867, the son of Charles W. and Anna Mary (Laux) Smith.

Charles W. Smith was a native of Wurtemburg, Germany, born Feb. 6, 1842. He was for many years a leading business man of Elyria, having conducted a well established jewelry business in that city for more than half a century. He manifested a high degree of public spirit toward all enterprises and movement for the improvement of the city as a business center and as a social community. His parents, Christian Gottlieb and Agnes (Waiblinger) Smith (Schmid), were early settlers of Elyria, having brought their family to Ohio in 1853. Charles W. Smith died in 1916 and his wife died in 1893. Both are buried at Elyria. Mr. Smith was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. There were five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith: William, lives at Elyria; Charles, who died in 1915; Henry F., the subject of this sketch; Julia, the widow of M. J. McGuire, lives at Elyria; and Frank W., lives at Elyria.

The boyhood of Henry F. Smith was spent in Elyria and he attended the public schools. He was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1891, having earlier studied at the Cleveland School of Pharmacy. His graduation thesis, "Cannabis Indica: Does It Contain an Alkaloid," was of such a character that extracts from it were published with his consent in the U. S. Dispensatory, and following its delivery an offer of the chair of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia, University was made to him but declined. He clerked in an Oberlin pharmacy for two years and in 1893 established himself in business in this city, and was thus engaged until 1906, when he disposed of the business to Otto Harter. Mr. Smith has since devoted considerable time and energy to his duties as vice president of the Peoples Banking Company.

In May, 1894, Mr. Smith was united in marriage with Miss Doratha Schubert, of Oberlin, the daughter of John and Catherine Schubert. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have a daughter, Catherine Doratha, born at Oberlin, September, 1906. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, class of 1927, and attended the Oberlin School of Commerce. She lives at home.

In politics Mr. Smith is identified with the Republican party, and he has held the office of mayor of Oberlin for two terms, was a member of the city council for 12 years, and member of the Water Board for four years. He is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge and is a Knight Templar. He also belongs to the Oberlin Golf Club. He is called "Daddy" of the DeMolay Boys, being chairman of the advisory committee.

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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