Lee County Biography

Daniel Smith

Doubtless to the majority of our readers this name is a familiar one who passed away April 18, 1888. The Province of Ontario, Canada, was his native home and October 28, 1844, the date of his birth. When only two years of age, he removed to Michigan with his parents, Almanzo and Temperance Smith,the family locating on a farm about ten miles from Flint.

There the father and mother died when well advanced in years. Amid the wild scenes of pioneer life their son, Daniel, was reared to manhood and was early inured to the hard labors of the farm. His educational advantages were only those afforded by the common schools of the new country, but he acquired a good fund of knowledge for himself by reading, experience and observation. When a young man, he came to Dixon and from that time until his death was identified with the best interests of the city.

It was here that Mr. Smith was united in marriage with Adelaide Mead, one of Dixon's daughters, and an intelligent lady, possessed of excellent business and executive ability, which is shown by her management of the property left her by her husband. Her parents, Heman and Jane (Dodge) Mead, were natives of Canada, and there resided until after their marriage, when they came to Lee County, residing upon a farm until after all of the children but one were born. Subsequently, Mr. Mead sold that property and came to Dixon, where he and his wife spent the remainder of their lives, both being called to their final rest when about sixty years of age. They were prominent members and active workers in the Methodist Church and the poor and needy found in them a friend. In politics, Mr. Mead was first a Whig and then a Republican. He was highly esteemed and his death proved a great loss to the community. Severl children of the family are yet living, among the number being Mrs. Sherwood Dixon.

For many years Mr. Smith engaged in business as a liveryman and also bought and sold horses. For about twelve years his brother, Charles, who is also now deceased, was associated with him and the firm built up a most excellent trade. Mr. Smith purchased the property and carried on what was known as the Nachusa Horse Barn for some time. He gave his entire time and attention to his business and by courteous treatment of his customers and fair and honest dealing secured a liberal patronage. He was an excellent judge of horses and in his purchase and sales added not a little to his income. At his death, he left a comfortable property to his widow, which thus relieves her from the necessity of earning her own livelihood.

In politics, Mr. SMith was a Republican but never sought or desired public office. He led a quiet, unassuming life, faithfully discharging the duties of citizenship and devoting his energies exclusively to his business. The excellencies of his character won him the esteem of his friends. At his death he left a widow and a son - Fred E., a young man, now twenty-one years, who is employed by th Grand Detour Plow Co. of Dixon. He was educated int he city schools and possesses many excellent traits of character, being accounted one of the promising young men of the community.

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