Jacob F. Smith is a representative business man of Barnesboro, where he is owner of the Smith and Palace theatres.
He was born at Salineville, Ohio, June 18, 1878. He was ten years of age when his parents removed to East Liverpool,
Ohio. They later lived at Elmwood, Ohio, where he attended school. He has always been interested in the theatrical
business and for several years traveled with Barnum & Bailey as general agent. He was also connected with the
John Robinson Company in the same capacity. He managed the opera house in Ellwood for 15 years and also was proprietor
of the Majestic Theatre. After selling his interests there in 1914 Mr. Smith removed to Barnesboro, where he purchased
the Grand Theatre and later built the Smith Theatre. He also purchased the Palace Theatre and the Northern Cambria
County Advertising Company at Barnesboro. Mr. Smith has various other business interests and is identified with
the Citizens Bank of Barnesboro and the Peoples National Bank at Eliwood.
Mr. Smith married Miss Lola Raffery of Greensburg, Pa. To them were born two children: Jacob, died at the age of
six months; and Dorothy Jean, born in 1920.
In politics Mr. Smith is identified with the Republican party and he is a member of the Baptist Church.
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
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