Benton County


A representative member of the medical profession in Benton county is Dr. James Max Smyth, who is enjoying an extensive and important practice in Camden. A native of Texas, his birth occurred in El Paso, on the 30th of April, 1883, a son of Michael James and Matilda (Cooke) Smyth, both of whom are deceased. The maternal grandfather, James Cooke, was a veteran of the Civil war, having served throughout the war as a member of the Arkansas Division under General Price's command. His demise occurred in 1898. Michael James Smyth was born in Missouri. He was a revenue collector in the service of the United States government for many years and was killed while performing his duty.

In the public schools of Sedalia, Missouri, James Max Smyth received his preliminary education. Subsequently he enrolled in the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, from which institution he was graduated with the M. D. degree, in 1908. The following year and three months he spent in New York and then went to South America as surgeon for the Cerro de Pasco Railroad & Mining Company. He remained in that country until 1912, when he removed to Mexico City and continued with the Army Hospital Sequanda until 1913, at which time he came to Camden. He started in the general practice of medicine here and is enjoying an extensive patronage. He has won a prominent place among the foremost physicians and surgeons in the county and state. Upon the entrance of the United States into the World war the Doctor put all personal interests aside and in December, 1917, volunteered as first lieutenant in the Medical Corps. He was sent to Camp Oglethorpe, where he took charge of J. and K. wards of the tuberculosis section, and later he was transferred to Camp Greenleaf, Georgia, to the Officers Training Camp. He remained there two months and was then given charge of the detachment at Clemson, South Carolina. For three months he was in transport service between the United States, England and France, as ship surgeon and made three round trips. Subsequently he was transferred to Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, where he was mustered out.

At Chester, Illinois, in 1920, occurred the marriage of Dr. Smyth to Miss Elizabeth Hatcher, a daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Hardy) Hatcher, both of whom are living. Mr. Hatcher is a prosperous farmer in this section of Illinois. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Smyth one daughter has been born: Matilda Ann, whose birth occurred on the 5th of September, 1921.

Dr. Smyth has given his stanch support to the democratic party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. Fraternally he is a Royal Arch Mason, a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and Incas Fraternal Order. He is a member of the World War Society and of the American Legion. Along strictly professional lines the Doctor holds membership in the Missouri Medical Association, Medical Society of Washington and the American Medical Association. He takes a great and helpful interest in everything pertaining to his profession and contributing to its advancement.

Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 4