WALTER B. SMITH, hardware merchant, Kane, a son of William J. and Roxana Smith, was born in Lottsville, Warren
Co., Penn., in 1852. He remained in his native county until 1869, when he removed to Ridgway, Elk county, where
he learned the tinner's trade. In 1872 he revisited Warren county, and went into the hardware business, which he
continued until 1874. when he sold his interests there, and returned to his former employer in Ridgway. He went
to California in 1875, but remained only about a year, returning to Elk county in 1876, and in 1879 moved to Kane,
and embarked in the hardware business. He took George Welker as partner in 1887, the firm name being the Smith
& Welker Hardware Company. They carry a complete stock in their line, and have a paying business. Mr. Smith
takes an active interest in public affairs, and has served several terms as poormaster, and two terms as burgess
of the borough. In politics he votes independent of party. He is a member of Kane Lodge, No, 506, F. & A. M.;
Ridgway Chapter, R. A. M.; Bradford Council, and Knapp Commandery, K. T., also Kane Lodge, No. 512, I. O. O. F.
In 1883 he married Rosa Welker, a daughter of his business partner, and they have one child, Roxana.
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk and Forest,
With Biographical Selections.
J. H. Beers & Co., Publishers
McKean County, PA Biographies
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