FRANK SMITH, an enterprising grocer of Wilmette, represents some of the oldest families in Cook County. He was born in Wilmette, Illinois, July 23, 1866, and is the son of John Nicholas Smith and Josephine Dusharm. The father was born in Prussia, and came to America with his parents when an infant. His father, Jacob Smith, located in Cook County in 1838, where the village of Kenilworth now stands. He engaged in farming, purchasing one hundred acres on the lake shore, most of which is now within the limits of the village of Kenilworth. The land was then in a state of nature, and after improving it, making a desirable farm, he continued to reside there for some time. He died in 1883, at the age of seventy-nine years. His wife survived him a year, reaching the age of seventy-two.
John Nicholas Smith followed the trade of painter most of his life, dying at Wilmette in 1890, aged fifty-two years. He was one of the earliest members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Gross Point. Mrs. Josephine Smith is still living at Wilmette, at the age of fifty-two. She was born on the shore of Lake Michigan, in the present village of Wilmette. Her father, Lumbard Dusharm, settled there about the same time as Jacob Smith. When this family located there, the woods were full of deer and other game, as well as Indians, and Mrs. Smith can relate many interesting reminiscences of those pioneer days. She is the mother of thirteen children, of whom eleven are living, namely: Albert, Frank, John Jacob, Mary Lena (Mrs. Hugh McCormick), Charles J., Martin P., Joseph O. N., John Williams, May, Josephine and Morris.
Frank Smith was educated at the public schools of Wilmette. At fourteen years of age he became a clerk in W. H. Kinney's store, in his native place, and has been connected with the same establishment ever since. Upon the death of his employer, in July, 1895, he succeeded to the ownership of the business. His store is a model of neatness and order, and he is regarded as a capable and straightforward business man.
He was married, in 1888, to Amelia Neithaver, of Dowagiac, Michigan, a native of Prussia. They have three children, namely: Arthur G. W., Georgiana and Leroy. Mr. Smith is a member of St. Joseph's Church and the Independent Order of Foresters. He is a man of progressive ideas and independent action. From boyhood he has acted in political matters with the Republicans, because he believes their plans and movements are calculated to benefit the greatest number of the people.