L. R. Smith


L. R. SMITH, a prominent business man of New Cumberland, was born April 30, 1832. His father, Thomas Smith, who was born in Pennsylvania in about 1790, was a brick-mason and mill-stone dresser by trade and became a resident of Cincinnati about 1820, and died there in 1839. His wife, who maiden name was Martha Smith, survived him but a few years. The subject of this notice came to New Cumberland when about twelve years of age, and after leaving school went to work in a brick yard. This business he followed for eighteen years or more, a portion of that time as one of the owners of the business, and he now holds stock in the fire brick companies of Porter, Anderson & Co., Smith & Porter, and Porter, Miner & Co. After terminating his active connection with the brick manufacture he embarked in merchandise, and is now general manager and part owner of the largest store of New Cumberland. He also finds time to manage his fine farm of 300 acres, of which about 200 acres are under cultivation, and all of which is valuable both on account of the minerals beneath and for the fertility at the surface. On this farm Mr. Smith was fortunate recently in striking oil, and his well yields seventy-five barrels per day. During the administration of President Cleveland. Mr. Smith discharged the duties of postmaster at New Cumberland very efficiently and he has also served the public as justice of the peace for fifteen or twenty years. In 1858 he was married to Sarah J., daughter of John W. Morrow, a pioneer of the county, and they have these children: Lee, Mary, Alice and John, who are married and Blanche. Alice and her husband reside at Wheeling. Mr. Smith and family are members of the Methodist Protestant church.

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