Milo Ellsworth Smith


MILO ELLSWORTH SMITH owns a fine farm in West Franklin township, Armstrong County, and has been one of the active and useful citizens of that locality serving the community in various official capacities.

John B. Smith , Mr Smith 's paternal grandfather, was one of the early pioneers of North Buffalo township this county, where he cleared and improved a farm. He lived to a good old age , dying in South Buffalo

dying in South Buffalo township July 18, 1871 in his eighty first year

To him and his wife ,Mary (Bell), was born a family of nine children:

John , George H., Joseph B., James G., Margaret B. who married John Graham , Abraham W. , Samuel H., Robert M., and Richard N.

Richard N. Smith, son of John B., was born Jan 12, 1837 in North Buffalo township, where he was reared to manhood. Most of his life

however was spent in West Franklin township this county , where he engaged in farming and also operated a sawmill for many years . He died in Nebraska in 1902 at the age of sixty four. He married Mary M. Minteer daughter of William and Barbara (Millen) Minteer, and granddaughter of William William and Mary (Nicholson) Minteer natives of Ireland , Scotch Irish extraction, who settle in what is now West Franklin township in 1813, taking up 150 acre of land which they cleared and improved. They died there . To Richard N. Smith and his wife were born two children: Clara E. and Milo Ellsworth , the former now the wife of John Swan , of Delta county , Colo. The mother died Aug 27, 1911, in her seventy fifth year.

Milo Ellworth Smith was born May 26, 1860 on the old William Minteer homestead in West Franklin township, in which township he has always resided . He received a common school education , and since he entered upon life's activities has been occupied in farming. He has owned and occupied his present farm of 180 acres since 1900. Though

he gives his work all the care and attention it needs to make it profitable,he has not neglected the duties of citizenship, and has served as supervisor, overseer of the poor, school director and school treasurer of his township, giving satisfaction in the discharge of all his duties. He

is a Republican on political questions.

On June 26, 1880, Mr Smith married Catherine Gaiser, daughter of John L.and Margaret (Severline) Gaiser, natives of Germany, and granddaugter of Ludwig and Dorothy (Dieterly) Gaiser, who came from Wurtemberg, Germany to the United States in 1847 the following year 1848 settling in Worthington and later purchasing a farm in West Franklin township, where they died . To Mr. And Mrs. Smith have been born three children: Charles H., Mamie E. (wife of Ralph Hindman) and William L. Mr and Mrs Smith are members of the United Presbyterian church at Worthington, and Mr. Smith has been active in the work of the congregation, having served as elder since 1907

Source: Page 784, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
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