Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Henry E. Smith, a plasterer contractor, is one of the business men of Santa Cruz and a master craftsman whose reputation is not confined to the limits of this city. He was born September 16, 1878, in Owensville, Gibson county, Indiana, and there received his education, afterward serving an apprenticeship to the plasterer's trade. For a time he engaged in business for himself in his native town and afterward followed his trade in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio. In Texas and Louisiana he worked in large cold storage plants and at Akron, Ohio, was employed by the Firestone Rubber Company, while in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, he worked in ten and twelve-story office buildings. He arrived in Santa Cruz in February, 1920, and is now recognized as the leading plasterer contractor not only of the city but also of the county. His work represents the highest degree of skill in his line and is found in the finest buildings erected in Santa Cruz during the past five years, also in the Deer Park addition to the city. He does both exterior and interior plastering and has worked on residences ranging in price from three to twelve thousand dollars. Mr. Smith was awarded the contract for the Peoples Finance & Thrift block in Watsonville and the Hickman home in that city. He is conducting a business of large proportions, and fine specimens of his work are also seen in the beautiful homes on the cliffs at Carmel-by-the-Sea. He is an astute, farsighted business man and has valuable holdings in Santa Cruz real estate.

On the 15th of October, 1889, Mr. Smith married Miss Minnie M. Kight, also a native of the Hoosier state, and they have become the parents of three children: Gladys, the wife of Ed. Breeden; Olive, who married R. Caldwell; and Ermal who resides at home. There are also four grandchildren in the family.

Mr. Smith proved his loyalty to his country by service in the Spanish-American war as a member of Company B, One Hundred and Sixty-First Indiana Infantry, and was sent to Cuba, being stationed in the vicinity of Havana. He is identified with the society of Spanish War Veterans and that of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is also connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Rebekahs. He fills an important place in the life of his community and is honored for his high principles and esteemed for those qualities which have made possible his success.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.