Gustav G. Smith, for fourteen years a representative of the Portland bar, was born on a farm near Muscoda, Wisconsin,
December 23, 1876. His father, Conrad Smith, was born in 1842, and was married in Wisconsin to Maria Stark. He
became a soldier of the Civil war, enlisting in the Forty second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and bearing his full
part in the preservation of the Union. Following the close of hostilities he took up the occupation of farming
in Wisconsin and also engaged later in the insurance and banking business in which he was quite successful. He
passed away in his native state in 1918 and in the same year his widow came to the northwest and lived in Albany,
Oregon, until her death in January, 1921.
Gustav G. Smith was reared on the old home farm with the usual experience of the farm bred boy, attending the country
schools and working in the fields during the summer months. He later had he benefit of instruction in the high
school in Muscoda, Wisconsin, and there graduated in 1899. He afterwards attended the State Normal School at Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, where he completed his course with the class of 1901 and subsequently was for two years a student in
the Wisconsin State University at Madison, winning the Bachelor of Philosophy degree upon his graduation in 1903.
He afterward pursued a law course in the University of Chicago and in February, 1907, came to Portland, was admitted
to the bar of Oregon, and has since practiced in this city, enjoying a good clientage which has connected him with
much important litigation. Thoroughness and energy are salient elements in his professional career. He prepares
his cases most carefully and his deductions are sound and logical.
On the 29th of March, 1910, in Valparaiso, Indiana, Mr. Smith was married to Miss Gertrude C. Newland, daughter
of W. H. Newland, a native of Indian& They have become parents of a son, Stanton William, born in October,
1919. Mr. Smith and his wife attend the Presbyterian church and he is a member of the Ad Club, Irvington Club,
Alpha Tau Omega college fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity and a member of various other fraternities.
His political allegiance is given to the republican party. During the war period he served on the legal advisory
board and in promoting the sale of Liberty bonds and in fact contributed in every possible way to the work of upholding
American interests, in connection with the momentous struggle. He has never regretted his determination to try
his fortune on the Pacific coast, for here opportunities have unfolded before him and each forward step in his
career has brought him a broader vision and wider chances for advancement. In addition to his law practice be is
interested financially in several large business institutions in the city of Portland.
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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