California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
CHARLES FRANKLIN SMITH was educated as a sanitary engineer, but about eighteen years ago retired from that profession and became an orange grower in the Redlands District. He is one of the successful horticulturists of San Bernardino County and also a citizen whose influence is constantly directed to the larger welfare and prosperity of this section.
Mr. Smith represents a prominent family and is a son of the late Brigadier General Franklin Guest Smith, who had a distinguished career as an American soldier. General Smith was born in Pennsylvania February 16, 1840, and died at the City of Washington October 7, 1912. He was a son of Dr. Franklin R. and Mary (Guest) Smith, his father being a physician. General Smith graduated a civil engineer from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1859, and for a brief time was private secretary to the general superintendent of the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad. In the spring of 1861 he was appointed private secretary to Major General George B. McClellan, and in August of that year was appointed a second lieutenant in the Fourth United States Artillery and subsequently as first lieutenant served with the Army of the Cumberland until the close of the war. He remained in the regular army, with promotions at regular intervals, participated in Indian campaigns against the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes, was in the campaign against the Apaches in 1881 and in the spring of 1898 was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the Sixth Artillery and served as an artillery inspector in the Department of the South. He was promoted to brigadier general in August, 1903, and the following day was retired from active service. For a number of years he was commissioner and secretary of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park Commission, and instrumental in planning that great national cemetery. His own monument was erected there during his lifetime as a tribute to his distinguished service. General Smith married, February 8, 1866, Frances L. Dauchy, of Troy, New York. In 1881 he married Georgiana Dauchy of San Francisco. General Smith's uncle, Charles E. Smith, was president of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad during the Civil war and led a most active life. T. Guilford Smith, of Buffalo, New York, General Smith's first cousin, represented the Carnegie Steel Company there, and his life is a matter of public record.
A son of his father's first marriage, Charles Franklin Smith, was born at Fort Canby, Washington Territory, August 13, 1874. He was educated largely in the East, and received his training as a sanitary engineer in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1903 Mr. Smith came to California and located at Crafton, where he bought a ten-acre orange grove on Citrus Avenue. This has been his home ever since. He erected a modern home in the midst of the many duties of this particular location, and besides being a fruit grower he is active in business as a real estate man at Redlands. Prior to coming to California he was employed by the Coast and Geodetic Survey in Virginia, by the U. S. Engineers on the fortifications in Portland, Maine, and by the New York Car Wheel Company in Buffalo, New York. Since coming to Redlands he have been secretary of the Crafton Orange Growers Association, president of the Crafton Fumigation Association, associated with H. W. Hill, of Redlands, California, in the Redlands Automobile Company and when this latter business was sold he entered into the real estate business.
July 11, 1907, he married Miss Marjorie Vail Fargo, who was born June 16, 1886, at Lake Mills, Wisconsin, daughter of I. Latimer Fargo. Her father was an able scholar and his great uncle was one of the founders of. Wells Fargo Express Company. Miss Marjorie Fargo came to California with her parents in 1899. She completed her education in the exclusive Girls School at Boston, conducted by Miss Church. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have three sons: Franklin Guest, born September 8, 1908; Latimer Fargo, born December 16, 1909; and Rodney Dauchy, born October 18, 1913. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members of the Episcopal Church, the Country Club, and both were prominent in local war work. Mr. Smith organized and was president of the local Rifle Club and also organized and was drill master of the Home Guards. He has a button recognition of his skill as an expert rifleman. During the late war he applied twice for military service, but owing to a slight lameness was not accepted.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011