Biography - James M. Smith

James M. Smith, whose farm of two hundred acres is pleasantly situated in Linder [T]ownship about tree miles from Carrollton, has been a resident if Greene [C]ounty since March, 1863. He was born in Knox [C]ounty, Tennessee, August 31, 1847. His father, John Smith, was also a native of Tennessee, and the grandfather, William Smith, was born in Belfast, Ireland. The former was reared in the state of his nativity and was married there to Nancy Golston, whose birth occurred in that state. They began their domestic life upon a farm in Knox [C]ounty, Tennessee, and eight children were born to them there. In 1863 they removed to Illinois, settling in Greene [C]ounty, where the father spent his remaining days.

James M. Smith went to Greene [C]ounty when youth of sixteen yers and he remained under the parental roof until he had attained adult age. He had a fair cammon-school education and was thus well equipped for life’s practical duties. When he had reached manhood, he rented a tract of land and began farming on his own account. In 1884 he made his first purchase of land, becoming owner of two hundred acres where he now resides. This he began cultivate and improve and has since carried on the work of the farm with excellent results, being now one of the prosperous agriculturists of his community. He has improved his residence, has built substantial outbuildings, and has equipped his farm with modern accessories and the latest improved machinery to facilitate the work of the fields. He raises wheat, corn and other cereals, and he also raises and feeds stock, annually fattening and shipping about two carloads of cattle and two carloads of hogs. He makes a specialty of pure blooded Poland-China hogs.

In 1874 in this county Mr. Smith was married to Miss Fannie Landis, who was born in Greene [C]ounty and is a daughter of William Landis, one of the early settlers of this part of the state. Mr. and Mrs. Smith now have six children: Arthur, who is living at Carrollton; Harry, at home; Nina, the wife of Herbert David, editor of a paper at Winchester, Illinois; Grace, Laura, and Philip S., all at home.

The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Smith is a Mason, belonging to the blue lodge at Carrollton. He votes with the Republican party and has never faltered in his allegiance thereto since casting his first presidential ballot for U. S. Grant in 1868. He has never sought or desired office for himself, but served on the school board for six years. His residence in Greene [C]ounty covers more than four decades, during which time has done his full duty as a citizen, being a public-spirited man interested in whatever tends to promote the general welfare. His business career has also been crowned with success and proves that prosperity may be attained through well directed and persistent effort.

Extracted 2021 Aug 23 by Marti Swanson from Past and Present of Greene County, Illinois, by Ed Miner, published in 1905, pages 635-636.

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