Biography of Ed T. Smith
Kings County, CA Biographies





ED T. SMITH.
Ed T. Smith, efficient and popular public official and influential citizen of Hanford, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on the 25th day of July, 1866, a son of Anthony Wayne and Elizabeth Christina (Lyon) Smith. Both of these parents are now deceased, the father dying in February, 1924, and the mother on November 6, 1910. Anthony W. Smith was a veteran of the War of the Rebellion and upon the cessation of hostilities retired from the military service with the rank of major. A civil engineer by profession, upon his return to civil life he became connected with the department of public works of the city of Chicago, where he rendered able service for a number of years. He also engaged as a contractor in large excavation and deep foundation works and it was he who first suggested the feasibility of sinking caissons to bed rock to establish firm foundations for the Chicago skyscrapers. In the later years of his life he retired from active business pursuits and came to California, where he passed his remaining years.

Ed T. Smith received his educational training in the public schools of his native city. After graduation from the high school he entered the employ of his uncle, a bridge building contractor. Subsequently he engaged in that business on his own account for two years. In 1902 Mr. Smith came to Hanford, California, and became a reporter on the Hanford Journal, but a few years later he resigned that position and entered into the insurance and abstract business as an employe of E. E. Bush. This business association was discontinued in 1913 and since that time Mr. Smith has conducted his own abstract office, in which he has met with very gratifying success. Careful, methodical and accurate in making up his records, he has commanded his full share of business in his line. In 1921 he was elected county coroner and public administrator of Kings county, in which dual capacity he is giving faithful and appreciated service to the people of his county.

Mr. Smith was married to Miss Lillian A. Dold, a native of Indiana. Politically Mr. Smith is an ardent supporter of the republican party, while his religious affiliation is with the Christian church, of which he is a trustee and deacon. His fraternal relations are with the Masons, in which order he has attained the degree of a Knight Templar, and is a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, and he belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Woodmen of the World. He is a prominent member of the Kiwanis Club and a trustee of the Hanford public library. In local civic work Mr. Smith has long been very active, devoting much time and effort to the promotion of the Young Men's Christian Association and the Boy Scouts. He is deeply interested in the welfare of young men, among whom he enjoys notable popularity. The young men and boys of the community all know him personally and they love him as "Ed T" - their friend and companion. Mr. Smith is very fond of outdoor life and greatly enjoys the games of golf and quoits, in both of which he is an expert. He is a constant and close reader of literature and science and is a man of wide and accurate information. Personally genial and approachable, he enjoys the esteem and confidence of the community to a noteworthy degree.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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