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ARTHUR D. SMITH Riverside has had a remarkable growth, especially during recent years, when the attention of the East has been directed toward this gem of the great Southwest, and men of means have flocked to it, and, finding here ideal conditions, have invested in its realty and bought into its business concerns. This influx of outside capital has necessitated the active co-operation of some of the most alert of the young men of the community in order that adequate housing accommodations be afforded, and consequently the activities of the real estate brokers have been greatly stimulated. One of these reliable realtors who has been connected with some of the most important trans- actions in realty of Riverside City and County during the past few years is Arthur D. Smith of this city.

Arthur D. Smith was born in Venango County, Pennsylvania, February 7, 1887, a son of Franklin H. and^ Elizabeth (May) Smith, natives of Pennsylvania, and now residents of Charlotte, Michigan. Franklin H. Smith is a retired oil producer and prominent at Charlotte, where he was at one time a member of the city council. He comes of an old American family of Revolutionary stock and English descent. His wife comes of Holland-Dutch stock. In addition to Arthur D. Smith, Franklin H. Smith and his wife have two children, namely: Roscoe E., who is manager of the chain of stores of the Miller Jewelry Company, with headquarters at Detroit, Michigan, and Beryl, who is the wife of Huron A. Slosson, a practicing physician of Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

Arthur D. Smith attended the public schools and the Michigan Business Collie,, from which he was graduated in 1906, following which he studied law in the Detroit College of Law for four years, and then for two years continued his legal studies in the law department of the University of Southern California. While in Michigan he began his first work of a practical character as auditor of the Kellogg-Toasted Com Flake Company at Battle Creek, where he remained for two years, and for the subsequent two years he was with the Detroit White Lead Works, where he handled all the foreign shipments and collections. In 1912 Mr. Smith came to California and bought two ranches at Hemet, and there raised alfalfa and citrus fruits for about three years. Disposing of these ranches, he went to San Jacinto, and for two years served as bookkeeper and auditor for the Stuart-Smith Company of that city.

In 1919 Mr. Smith came to Riverside, embarking in a real estate, insurance and loan business and has since carried it on with profit to himself and benefit to the city. He has been most successful in the handling of both city and country properties, and also makes a business of buying old houses which he remodels or rebuilds and after placing them in first rate condition sells them at an excellent figure. Mr. Smith belongs to Phi Delta Phi, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Chamber of Commerce and the Realty Board, and at one time served the latter body as secretary and treasurer. A republican, he does his duty as a good citizen, but is not at all active in politics.

On September 18, 1907, Mr. Smith was married to Anna L. Hamlin, a native of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, and a daughter of Ada L. and James Albert Hamlin. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have two sons, Duane and Theodore, both of whom are students of the Riverside public schools, the latter being a native son of California. While Mr. Smith has never entered upon the active practice of his profession, he finds his knowledge of law a very valuable asset, and also that the rigid training he underwent in preparation for his calling one of the main reasons for his present success. His mental faculties were developed, he was taught to weigh carefully every proposition, and not to take anything for granted. He also Teamed to apply himself closely to any undertaking, and to persist until he had thoroughly invested the matter from every standpoint. Because of these excellent qualities which he possesses, which are both natural and acquired, Mr. Smith has not only been able to acquire a gratifying material prosperity, but also to win the approval of his fellow citizens.


History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011