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SMITH, Robert H. (1857-1930)


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Date: 6/10/2021 at 23:02:03

Robert H. Smith
(July 26, 1857 October 11, 1930)

R. H. SMITH, attorney at law. of Holstein, Ida County, Iowa, has been engaged in the practice of law in this city for seven years. He is a native of the
North of Ireland, son of Mathew and Margaret (McIlhose) Smith, of Scotch descent. When our subject was but a child, the family removed to America and located in Henry County, Illinois, in l866, from which place they went to Story County. Iowa, in the spring of 1875. Here it was that the parents died.
The father and mother were both members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. and Mrs. Smith Sr., reared a family of seven children, of whom five are now living, namely: Samuel S., a resident of Zearing, Story County, Iowa, where he pursues his trade of carpenter; William M., a resident of Cambridge, Illinois, an attorney at law; James S., of Zearing is a merchant; Hugh B., is a miller at Holmesville, Nebraska; Robert H., our subject; John, deceased in infancy ; and John M., deceased when twenty-four years of age, in Rome,
Georgia, where he had gone for the benefit of his health.
Our subject was reared to farm life, and received his early education in the public schools of Illinois and Iowa. At the age of nineteen he entered the Simpson's Centenary College at Indianola, Iowa, where he took a literary course and then entered the Iowa Law School, at Iowa City, from which
institution he graduated June, 1882. After his graduation he located at Miller, South Dakota, where he engaged in the practice of his profession for three years. In the spring of l883 was appointed Deputy District Attorney, and retained the office until the Legislature created the office of County Attorney. In the spring of 1885 he came to Holstein, where he has since remained engaged in the practice of his profession. He also deals in
real estate. Mr. Smith practices in all the courts, both State and Federal in the State. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M. Alpine Lodge, No. 471; Eastern Star, No. 83, and I. O. O. F., Finroy Lodge, No. 490. Politically, he is a Republican. Mr. Smith occupies an office in the Holstein Savings Bank building, and is a man who enjoys the respect and esteem of all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance.
Source: Biographical History of Crawford, Ida, and Sac Counties, Iowa, 1893, p.336


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