Clark M. Smith

Numbered among those brave patriots who fought so cour­ageously for their country's cause in the Civil war is Clark M. Smith, born May 5, 1847, at Adrian, Mich., where he grew up, attending the public school. He did farm work until he enlisted in Company K, Sixth Michigan Infantry, and was transferzed to Heavy Artillery, for service in the Federal army. He was en­rolled January 4, 1864, and was honorably discharged August 20, 1865. During his term of service lie participated in many historic engagements, notably at Mobile Bay, Fort Morgan and Fort Blake- ley. His father was a member of the same company and died on the way home after having been discharged.

Returning to Michigan Mr. Smith remained there, employed mostly on the farm, until July 14, 1873, when he started for Cali­fornia. Locating at Ferndale, Humboldt county, he engaged in business, was soon elected constable and served as a special officer four years. Then he engaged in the furniture trade, continuing in it there till 1889, when he took up his residence in Hanford and bought out the old Lillie furniture store, but in 1893 the building he occupied was destroyed by fire. It was his intention to resume business, but before lie could secure other quarters he fell ill and was not able to take up the activities of life again until four years afterwards. Then he was elected justice of the peace at Hanford, and after he had filled the office with much credit four years he was, in June, 1903, appointed to the same office at Armona by the board of supervisors of Kings county, and since then the latter town has been his home. He is a justice of the peace, a notary public and fills the office of secretary of the G-rangeville Cemetery association, besides doing considerable business in real estate and insurance.

On October 22, 1890, Mr. Smith was united in marriage with Miss Georgia Amner and they are the parents of two children, Osmond and Georgia Irene, both of whom have been educated in Kings county. Fraternally, he has passed the chairs in both the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, as well as the encampment. In 1895. Mr. Smith was commander of McPherson post, G.A.R., of which he has been quartermaster six years and is in his eleventh year as adjutant. He is also a mem­ber of the local organization of the Sons of Veterans. As a soldier, as a public official and as a business man and citizen, he has been equal to every demand.

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