Edmund Smith

EDMUND SMITH. One of the sterling citizens and prominent business men of Latrobe, Westmoreland county, is he whose name initiates this article and who has here maintained his home for many years, while his course has been such as to win and retain to him the high regard of the people of the community. He is engaged in the livery business, having large and finely appointed stables at No.132 Depot street, and catering to the demands of a large and representative patronage. He keeps an average of about twenty head of horses, and the vehicles sent out are of the best type, both in heavy and light rigs, while the genial personality of the proprietor has been an important factor in the upbuilding of the successful enterprise at whose head he now stands.

Mr. Smith is a native of the fair old city of Philadelphia, where he was born March 22, 1852. Edmund Smith has been in a significant way the architect of his own fortunes, since he has been dependent upon his own resources from his boyhood days, and has shown in his career that earnest endeavor and integrity of purpose will bring at least a modicum of success, while the discipline will develop the initiative power of the individual and make him a force in his chosen sphere of endeavor. He secured a common school education of limited order, having been but twelve years of age when he abandoned his studies to assume the practical responsibilities of life. He was identified with farm work until he had reached the age of eighteen years, when he entered upon an apprenticeship at the blacksmith trade, in which he became a skilled workman and to which he devoted his attention for the long period of thirty-two years, at the expiration of which time he established himself in his present line of enterprise, in which his efforts have been attended with most gratifying success: He took up his residence in Latrobe in 1872, and here he has ever been known as a reliable, and enterprising business man and loyal and public-spirited citizen. In politics he is a stalwart Republican, and he takes a deep interest in public affairs of a local nature, though the honors and emoluments of public office have had no allurements for him. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum. Mr. Smith married, December 15, 1873, Elizabeth Fisher, born and reared in Westmoreland county, this state, a daughter of Adam and Marie (Oats) Fisher. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have six children; Edmund, Jr., engaged in the blacksmith business at Bradenville, this county, where he has a pleasant home; Hattie, remains at the parental home; Marie, wife of Nicholas Dillon, and they reside in Latrobe; and Alexander, Elizabeth and Charlotte, who remain with their parents.

Source: History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Volume II, by John N. Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906, Page 270-1.
Transcribed by Carol C. Eddleman for the Westmoreland County History Project.
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