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Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of Almon W. SMITH

         Almon W. SMITH was born in Gloucester City, New Jersey, February 22, 1865, the son of William Dean Smith. He was educated in the public schools of New Jersey and West Virginia and at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of which denomination he was ordained to the ministry. He held that position for several years but had to give it up because of ill health. He taught in the public schools of West Virginia and Maryland for 10 years and he spent 14 years in the U.S. Railway Mail Service, retiring from that occupation in 1913 to take up the growing of small fruits and vegetables.

         In 1920, he was chosen Berkeley County Commissioner and served the full term of six years, being re-elected in 1927 for an additional six-year term. He was president of the court. When he became a member of the court, the road machinery of the county was very inefficient; together with Jacob Hesse and Charles L. Pitzer, other members of the court, he instituted a system of improving the county’s operation to where, in 1928, Berkeley County had some of the best road work equipment in the state of West Virginia. This was accomplished with such a small tax increase each year, it was barely felt by the taxpayers.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1928

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