H.D. Smith


H.D. SMITH, justice of the peace and general merchant of East Franklin township, was born in Armstrong county, Oct. 17, 1869, son of L.H. and Anna (Weaver) Smith.

L.H. Smith was born in Pennsylvania, as was his wife. They are still living, residing in North Buffalo township, this county.

H.D. Smith grew up at home, attending school in the district. When he was twenty-two years old he left the farm and worked for William McHaddon, a huckster in North Buffalo township driving a team for four years. On Jan. 6, 1896, he embarked in business for himself as a general merchant, buying all kinds of country produce, which he ships to Kittanning. His business is a large one,and shows a healthy increase annually.

On Oct 17, 1895, Mr. Smith was married, in North Buffalo township, to Anna Reed, who was born March 6, 1874, daughter of Robert Reed, awell-known resident of Armstrong county. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, three of whom survive: Zella R., born June 3, 1897; Leanora, born Sept. 22, 1900; and Harry Edwin, born May 5, 1908. Both daughters have graduated from school and have received a good musical education.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith and their children belong to the Presbyterian Church. In political belief he is a Republican. Over ten years ago he was first elected justice of the peace, and has been successively reelected since, the last time in November, 1911. The litigation with which he is concerned is generally of such a nature that by the exercise of considerable tact and plain common sense he is able to induce the contestants to adjust matters without carrying them further. Because of his special fitness for this office his neighbors desire him to serve them, and appreciate his efforts in their behalf. His acquaintanceship is large, and he numbers many friends among those with whom he has had dealings, whether of a business or official nature.

Source: Page 743, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Rodney G Rosborough for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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