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    H. W. SMITH

    H. W. SMITH, proprietor of Smith's Bakery and president of the city council at Bradford, Ohio, is one of the town's older business men and a representative of its best citizenship. Mr. Smith was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, August 23, 1852, and is a son of Christian and Susan (Williamson) Smith. The father of Mr. Smith followed house carpenter work at Buffalo, New York. In 1824 he settled in Montgomery County, Ohio, where his wife died in 1855. His death occurred years later in Miami County.

    H. W. Smith was taken to the home of his great-uncle, Henry Williamson, when his mother died, and he was reared on a farm near Greenville, Darke County, and attended the district schools. In 1873 he accompanied his great-uncle and family to Bradford, where the uncle subsequently died, and in May, 1875, he embarked in business for himself and has continued here ever since and for twenty-five years of this period he has been engaged in the baking business. He has always been one of the city's most progressive citizens and has served usefully in many public offices. For ten years he served as a member of the school board, and for eighteen years he has been a member of the city council and at present is president of this municipal body, an office for which his good judgment and civic pride particularly fit him. Mr. Smith married Harriet Yount, I daughter of Enos Yount, and they have one child, Claude C.

    Claude C. Smith is the electrician who has charge of the Bradford- Gettysburg Electric Lighting Company and is I a young man who has honorably borne the name of his country and his State into far distant parts of the world. He was born on a farm five miles north of Bradford, February 21, 1877, and was educated in the Miami County schools. He spent seven years of his life in the United States Navy and that his early inclinations were in the direction of a military life, indicated the influence of heredity. His great great-great grandfather, John Williamson, was a Revolutionary patriot. His great-grandfather, Henry Williamson, came down the Ohio river on a flat-boat, landing at Fort Washington, near the present city of Cincinnati, and he was an Indian fighter under General Wayne, fought in the War of 1812, under General Harrison, did a soldier's duty in the Mexican War and lived to send two of his sons into the Civil War, while two of the other sons served in the Mexican War. Doubtless his loyal heart would have been cheered had he witnessed his great-grandson's services during the Spanish- American War, in the Philippine Islands and in China, when greater dangers were encountered and more complete victories gained than the old veteran had ever known. Claude C. Smith joined the navy at Norfolk, Virginia, in July, 1897, and was assigned to the battleship Nashville, which, in the following month, was attached to the West Indian Station, and he was one of the first gun crew that fired the opening shot in the Spanish-American War. He was made chief of the electrical department of the battleship, made the tour around the world, is a veteran of the Philippine insurrection and of the Boxer uprising in China, and later was one of the electricians of the battleship Kentucky, under Admiral Evans. With credit he retired from the navy in October, 1904, since when his home has been at Bradford. He married Miss Emma Brookman and they have had three children, Harriet, Harvey and Charles, Harvey being deceased.

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