Smith H. Jackson, one of the most extensive farmers of Franklin township, operating three hundred acres, and engaged in raising and dealing in horses, cattle, and hogs, was born Nov. 6, 1862, in Franklin township, within the borders of which he still makes his home. His parents were Edward and Abigail (Chase) Jackson, natives of Pennsylvania and New York, respectively, and with his parents the father came to this State in 1842, the family home being established on a farm on Section 14, Franklin township, which the grandfather, William Andrew Jackson, purchased, and on which he and his wife, Jerusha, lived until called to their final rest. Edward Jackson received his share of the home farm, thus becoming owner of sixty acres, whereon he resided until his death. His wife passed away in November, 1875, and he survived until May 8, 1899. Smith H. Jackson was reared in the usual manner of farm lads of the period, acquiring his education in the public schools, and gaining an intimate knowledge of the best methods of farming from the instruction of his father and the experience which he received in the work of the fields. He continued upon the home farm until 1898, when he removed to his present place of residence on the John McCullough farm of two hundred and forty acres, of which two hundred acres are in cultivation. Here he cultivates corn and oats, and is also engaged quite extensively in raising and breeding horses, cattle, and hogs. He still owns and operates the home place of sixty acres, and in addition he has ten acres of timber land. He is practical and progressive in all his farm work, and is meeting with creditable success in his undertakings. Nov. 6, 1888, Mr. Jackson was united in marriage to Ida B. Guelick, who was born in Burlington, Iowa, and is a daughter of Lee and Nancy (Gregroy) Guelick. The children of this marriage are four in number: Burr, born Nov. 19, 1889; Inez, born Jan. 27, 1896; Nellie, born May 7, 1900; and Horace, born Aug. 24, 1902, all at home. The parents are faithful members of the Baptist church, of Sperry, and Mr. Jackson is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America. In his political views he is a Democrat, and while he keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day, as every true American citizen should do, he has never sought or desired office, for he considers his business interests abundantly worthy of his best efforts, and in the careful conduct of his farm work and stock-raising he is meeting with gratifying success.