Alvin Clinton Smith, formerly proprietor of a hardware store, and until recently postmaster of Millersville, but who is now traveling salesman for the Merrell Company, of Toledo, was born on his maternal grandfather's farm in Jackson Township, this county, and is a son of W. H. and Marcella (Moomey) Smith.

Jacob Smith, grandfather of Alvin C., was an early settler in Seneca County, Ohio, to which place he went from Pennsylvania. He subsequently came to Sandusky County, Ohio, purchasing a small farm in Jackson Township. At the time of the Civil War he enlisted in the Seventy-second Regiment, O.V.I., and served until the close of the struggle, but died on his way home from smallpox contracted while in the service. His remains were interred in the National Cemetery at Washington, District of Columbia. His widow, who still survives, resides at Burgoon and is now in her eighty-first year, having been born January 1, 1829.

W. H. Smith, father of the subject of this sketch, was born December 31, 1849, in Jackson Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, and was there reared to maturity. On January 21, 1869, he married Marcella Moomey, a daughter of Adam and Margaret Ann (Grubb) Moomey, and a native of this county, of which her father was one of the early settlers. Adam Moomey and Margaret Ann Grubb were married in Jackson Township, Sandusky County, December 28, 1851, in the old log house near Jackson Center, the ceremony being performed by Oscar Betts, a justice of the peace. They continued to reside in this county until November 25, 1902, when they moved to the state of Michigan. Their family consisted to four children, namely: Marcella, born October 20, 1852, who became the wife of W. H. Smith, as already noted; Charles, born March 23, 1858; Harriet, born September 28, 1860; and Austin, who is deceased.

W. H. and Marcella (Moomey) Smith became the parents of children as follows: Alvin, whose name appears at the head of this article; Adelcia, who married Joe Willhelm, a native of Jackson Township but now residing in Michigan, and whose children are Henry, Alvin, Walter, Hattie, Lester, Mabel Mayola and an infant daughter; Sadie, who married F. J. Kennett, of Ashley, Michigan, and has two children - Lewis and an infant as yet unnamed; and Essie B., who died when 4 days old.

Alvin C. Smith has resided since birth in his native township and county. During his boyhood days he attended the district schools and assisted his father on the farm. Subsequently he learned the carpenter's trade, at which he worked for a number of years, carrying on a general contracting business. About 1906 he went into the hardware business, forming a partnership with P. H. Daub, of Helena, Ohio, in which he continued until recently, the firm also dealing in coal and lumber, The more recent change in his business connections has been already noticed in the beginning of this article. Mr. Smith was appointed postmaster of Millersville, August 15, 1908, but resigned the office when he accepted his present position. He had made a competent and satisfactory official. He has long taken a more or less active interest in politics and has always ranged himself on the side of progress and good government.

Mr. Smith was married June 25, 1896, to Miss Effie Alstadt, a daughter of John and Isabel (Maurer) Alstadt, who were the parents of eight children - Clara, Ardella, Jessie, Effie (Mrs. Smith), Nevada, John (deceased), Ruby and Rhoidy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith have had three children - Dawn, Alvin (deceased), and Wayne.

 

 

Twentieth Century History of Sandusky County and Representative Citizens; compiled by Basil Meek; published in Chicago; Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co., 1909