Tilton Smith, a popular native son and successful young business man of
Manchester, is the proprietor of the Clarence Hotel, which he has conducted
continuously during the past six years, and also acts as manager of the H. C.
Smith Drug Store. His birth occurred on the 23d of March, 1885, his parents
being Henry C. and Harriett (Tilton) Smith, the former a native of Richland
township, this county, and the latter of Dubuque
county, Iowa. Henry C. Smith, born May 4. 1856.
was actively engaged in the drug business at
Manchester for many years and is now living retired. His entire life has been
spent in Delaware county, and he enjoys an
enviable reputation as one of its esteemed and representative citizens.
To him and his wife have
been born five children, as follows: Howard Tilton, of this review; Mildred,
now Mrs. George Mernitz of Chicago; Glenn, who is
a mail carrier in Manchester; and Kate and Harry, both at home.
In the maternal line our subject is related to the Cowles family.
T. Smith acquired his education in the public schools, completing the
high school course at Manchester in 1904. Subsequently he worked in his
father's drug store for three years and on the expiration of that period
entered the Highland Park College of Pharmacy at Des Moines, pursuing a
pharmaceutical course and passing the examination of the state board in 1907.
On the 17th of August, 1908, he bought out the Clarence Hotel and has since
conducted the same along modern and up to date lines, making it a very
popular and attractive hostelry. He is likewise the manager of the H. C.
Smith Drug Store, known as the Hotel Drug Store, which is accorded a most
liberal patronage. Both as hotel proprietor and store manager Mr. Smith has
proven himself a young man of enterprise and excellent business ability who
well merits the prosperity which has already come to him.
11th of September, 1907, Mr. Smith was united in marriage to Miss Florence
Wilson, of Manchester, Iowa, her parents being Harry J. and Ida (Griffith)
Wilson, residents of this county. The father is the well known proprietor of
the Lovell Hotel at Monticello, Iowa. Our subject and his wife have three
children: Henry Wilson, Howard T., Jr., and Harriet Ida. Mr. Smith is a
republican in his political views. Fraternally he is identified with the
Knights of Pythias, is a Knight Templar and
belongs to the Mystic Shrine at Cedar Rapids. He is widely recognized as a
young man of energy, ambition and enterprise whose continued success is