Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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C. J. Smiley

C. J. SMILEY, deceased, was a prominent resident of Howard township, Labette county, Kansas, and lived in the northwest quarter of section 19, township 34, range 18. He was born in Warren county, Indiana, in 1843, and his death occurred in Labette county, March 26, 1892.

L. J. Smiley was reared and schooled in his native county. He remained in the state of Indiana until he removed to Labette county, which was in March, 1883. He located on the farm in section 19, township 34, range 18, and since his death it has been successfully managed by his wife who carries on general farming. Mr. Smiley was a man of honest and upright principles, and his loss was deeply felt in the community. He married Mary E. Lemming, who was born in Warren county, Indiana, in 1851. She is a daughter of John and Isabelle (Waggaman) Lemming. John Lemming was born in Indiana, in 1827, and followed the occupation of a farmer all his life. He married Isabelle Waggaman, who was born in Vermilion county, Illinois, in 1830. They reared two children: Charles and Mary E.

Mr. and Mrs. Smiley were the parents of 11 children. Those living are: Anna Belle; Clara; Mary; Myrtle; Lulu; Ida; Grace; and John, who assists his mother in farming. Mrs. Smiley is a woman of many estimable qualities, and is a kind and charitable neighbor. The family favor the United Brethren church in their religious convictions.