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Delaware County, Iowa

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J. B. Smith

Businessman & Farmer

Coffins Grove Township



         J. B. Smith was for many years engaged in the creamery business in Delaware county, although his death occurred in Des Moines, this state. He was born in Indiana, March 4, 1857, but at an early day came to Iowa and settled in Coffins Grove township, this county. He engaged in the dairy and creamery business in various places and was thoroughly familiar with all the phases thereof. He not only won respect because of his mastery of his business but also because of his honesty and kindness of heart. He died in 1909 in Des Moines, and was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery.


        Mr. Smith was married in this county to Miss Katherine Roach, a daughter of John and Margaret Roach. His widow still owns the one hundred acre farm on section26, Coffins Grove township, and wisely supervises its operation, displaying marked business ability. She belongs to the Roman Catholic church, as did her husband and is highly respected wherever known.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 189. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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