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On the other side of the world, in Australia, in the city of Melbourne, Hugh J. Smiley, long of Sacramento, was born November 25, 1858, a son of Rankin and Catherine Smiley. His parents went from England to Australia in 1857. His father attained eminence there in politics and long held the office of Immigration-General, and now lives in London; his mother has been dead many years. The son was educated in public and private schools in Australia and in 1882 came to the United States and located in San Diego, where he was for a year in the real estate business with his uncle. From San Diego he went to San Francisco and identified himself with the interests of another uncle who was in the stock business. In 1884 he came to Sacramento and entered the plumbing shop of the Southern Pacific Railroad, where he learned the plumber's trade. He was then placed in charge of the air-brake department of the coast division with headquarters in San Francisco. After having been in the employ of that corporation for twelve years, he devoted two years to the installation of the water system in the Tesler coal mines near Livermore, Cal. Then he engaged in the plumbing business in Sacramento, being a fine property on the lower Stockton road at its intersection with Cypress avenue, where he erected a home and a shop. He now owns four houses in this neighborhood, some property near Stockton and sixty acres of land in Mexico.

In 1892 Mr. Smiley married Miss Ada L. Fassett of Sacramento county, daughter of the Hon. Louis H. Fassett, of Sacramento county, who filled the office of supervisor two terms and represented his district one term in the California Assembly They have one son. Earl B., born September 19, 1891, a graduate of the Sacramento high school, who is associated with his father in business. Mr. Smiley affiliates with the Eagles, the Odd Fellows, the Grange and the Fraternal Union of America, and Mrs. Smiley and their son are members of the Baptist Church. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011