Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 531-32.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  Roy B. Smith

Roy B. Smith, a successful and well known druggist of Sioux Rapids, was born in Vinton, Iowa, November 7, 1874, his parents being H. D. and Jennie (Barr) Smith, natives of Canada and Ohio respectively.  The father, who, throughout the greater part of his business career, was connected with mercantile pursuits, is now living retired at Dakotah, [sic] Iowa.  During the time of the Civil war he loyally fought for the Union cause as a member of Eleventh Illinois Cavalry, under Robert Ingersoll.  The mother of our subject is deceased, having been called to her final rest in 1891.


Roy B. Smith acquired his education in the public schools, and on starting out in business life became connected with the drug business at Bradgate, Iowa, where he remained for about seven years.  Selling out on the expiration of that period, he was subsequently employed as prescription druggist in several different places.  The year 1902 witnessed his arrival in Sioux Rapids and he has since been identified with the drug trade here, being widely recognized as one of the substantial, progressive and enterprising merchants of the county.


In 1900 Mr. Smith was united in marriage to Miss May Hardy, by whom he has a son, Carvel Hardy. He is a member of the Commercial Club of Sioux Rapids and also takes an active interest in literary matters.