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Title: V. P. Smith
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One of the most evident things to the thoughtful farmer is the fact that life at no state is a bed of roses. There are thorns, and many of them, along the path of farming life, and the lucky ones are they who are pierced by the fewest and avoid the most. It will probably not be disputed that all persons should keep in view the important duty of pulling out the thorns of those who are less fortunate. Realizing this fact early in his career, V. P. Smith, one of the successful farmers in the vicinity of Williamsport, has sought to so live that his life may be a blessing to others while he is laying up earthy treasure for himself, and he has therefore won a host of friends since he came to Warren county, some twenty-two years ago.

Mr. Smith was born in the year 1865, in Frederick county, Maryland, and is the son of George J. and Anna (Palmer) Smith, both now deceased. They spent their lives on a farm in Frederick county, Maryland, the Smiths having been early settlers in that state, and the father of the subject never left his native locality. His death occurred in 1891, at the age of seventy-one years, and his wife passed away in 1906, when eighty-seven years old. They were the parents of eight children, namely: H. T., Jonas D., George E., Sarah E., Mary I., Jourah E., V. P. and Ben H.

V. P. Smith grew to manhood on his father's farm in the old Oriole state, and there he assisted with the general work, receiving his education in the common schools. Not being enabled to get much of a start in life in his native country he decided to cast his lot with the people of the middle West, and he first went to Dayton, Ohio, and worked on a farm in that vicinity for some time, then, about 1890, came to Warren county, Indiana, arriving here with scarcely and capital, but with a determination to succeed. He began working by the month, and saved his earnings. In time he was able to buy land and, by close application and good managment, he prospered, and is now the owner of a very productive and well improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres on the crossroads about four miles from Williamsport. He keeps some good live stock and poultry and he has a comfortable home.

Mr. Smith was married in December, 1890, to Carrie A. Houpt, and to this union four children have been born, named as follows: Chester A., Bertha M., Elsie and Luther J., all attending the local schools. Politically, Mr. Smith is a Democrat, and he and his family belong to the Methodist Episcopal church.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001048
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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