Page 741, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




MARTIN N. SMITH was born in Delaware County, Ohio, on the twenty-fourth day of July, 1864. His father, Jacob Smith, was also a native of the Buckeye state. After attaining years of maturity he wedded Louisa Bader, a native of Germany, who came to America when thirteen years of age in company with friends of her father. In the year 1873, Mr. Smith came to Kansas, locating in Wellsville, Franklin County, where he and his wife are still living, both having attained the age of 64 years. They are the parents of five children, namely: John; A. Salome, wife of Albert Hilderbrant, who is living in Colorado; Martin N.; Alice, wife of George Schultz, who makes his home in Topeka, and Hattie wife of Charles Watt.

Martin N. Smith was a lad of eleven years when with his parents he came to Kansas. He remained with them until the time of his marriage, and in the interim pursued his education in the public schools. In 18—, he wedded Miss Ida V. Mummert, a native of Illinois, who came to Kansas with her parents when a little girl. After his marriage Mr. Smith was employed in a livery barn owned by his father, being thus engaged for two years, after which he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, he followed farming for two years, and then secured a situation on the Crotty ranch, where he remained for seven years. On the expiration of that period he came to Woodson County and purchased eighty acres of land on Turkey creek, ten miles northwest of Yates Center, where he is now engaged in farming. He has a very desirable and valuable tract of land bordering the creek. Part of his farm is bottom land, on which is timber enough to supply all the wood needed on the premises. He has erected a new residence and has made improvements upon the place until he now has one of the most desirable farm properties in this portion of the country.

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Smith has been blessed with three children, Earl, who was born on the 28th of June, 1888; Phonnie, both[sic] July the 12th. 1891 and died at the age of five years, January 17, 1896; Wade who was born June 2, 1894. Mr. Smith is a member of Crotty council, 5157, M. W. A. He is a self-made man, whose strong purpose and determination in life have enabled him to win prosperity, and the farm which he now possesses is a monument to his thrift and enterprise.

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