T. D. SMAIL,* a leading citizen of Curwensville, a member of the borough council and proprietor of a grocery
store on Susquehannah Avenue, was born in Monroe County, Pa., January 8, 1862, and is a son of David and Barbara
David Smail was a farmer and also followed the blacksmith's trade. He was a worthy Christian man and a member and
elder of the German Reformed church. To him and his wife Barbara, eleven children were born, three of whom are
now deceased, and T. D. is the only one of the eight survivors to have his home in Clearfield County.
T. D. Smail obtained his education in the public schools of Eldred Township, Monroe County. His first work was
done on the Lehigh Valley farm, near Wilkesbarre, Pa., and when only eighteen years of age he was made manager
of that farm, a position he occupied for two years. On November 9, 1888, Mr. Smail came to this section and bought
three teams of horses and went to work for Robert Bloom in the lumber regions. One year later he bought another
team and worked one year for himself, then sold his horses and for a time was in the employ of the Irwin sisters
and later worked for the Curwensville Lumber Company. In 1891 he began working as a deliveryman for F. J. Dyer
& Co., continuing until 1905, when he embarked in business for himself at his present stand where he has prospered
and built up a fine trade. He carries a full line of both fancy and staple groceries and deals honestly and fairly
with his customers.
In 1884 Mr. Smail was married to Miss Jessie Parish, who was born in Luzerne county, Pa., a daughter of Isaac Parish.
She died in i886 and was buried at Wyoming, Pa., being survived by one son, Thomas Freder. ick, who lives at Altoona,
Pa. In 1893 Mr. Smail was married a second time, to Miss Mollie Tate, who was born in Snowshoe township, Center
county, a daughter of William Tate. Mr. and Mrs. Smail have two children: Carl W., a young man of seventeen years
who is his father's chief helper in his business; and Chressa, who is a student in the Curwensville High School.
Mr. Smail and family are members of the German Reformed church. He is identified with the Odd Fellows at Snowshoe.
In politics he is a Republican, but as a citizen and member of the council, he devotes his attention, irrespective
of party, to those measures that will promote the general welfare. Mr. Smail is an example of a selfmade man and
is one of the borough's most respected men.
Note - Sketches unrevised by subscribers are distinguished by a small astrict (*).
Twentieth Century History of
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens.
BY: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co,
Chicago, Ill. 1911
Clearfield County Pennsylvania Biographies
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