Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

SEBASTIAN F. SMITH, one of the representative business men of Shumway, Effingham County, carries on general merchandising at this place. He established business here in 1881, but did not personally take charge of it until two years later. He carries a full and complete stock of goods and is doing a good business. His fair dealing, his courteous treatment of his patrons and his earnest desire to please them, have won the respect of the entire community and gained him a liberal patronage, of which he is well deserving.

            Mr. Smith was born in Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio, February 2, 1850, and is a son of Michael Philip and Mary M. (Balsor) Smith. The father was born in Aushofenburg, Germany, and when a young man crossed the Atlantic to America. He was a stone mason by trade and followed that business during the greater part of his life. He died in Terre Haute, Ind., when our subject was quite young. His wife was born in Alsace, Germany, and when quite young came with her brother to the United States. She is now living with her son near Terre Haute, Ind. This worthy couple had a family of two sons and a daughter, all of whom are yet living. Henry P. is a prosperous farmer of Indiana; and Susan is the wife of M. C. Wade, a trunk manufacturer of Logansport, Ind.

            The other member of the family is our subject, who, during his youth, went to Terre Haute, Ind., where he remained until seventeen years of age, when his mother married again and he left home. He had acquired a good education in the Catholic schools of Terre Haute, and had taken a two-years course in the Benedictine College of St. Meinrad, Ind. During the two succeeding years he traveled over the Western country, and when about twenty years of age he came to Effingham, Ill. Here he secured a position as fireman on the Vandalia Railroad, in which capacity he was employed for about four years, when he was made engineer. During the first two years of his service in that line he ran switch and construction trains and was then placed in charge of a freight train. During his services as engineer, he met with one serious accident, he and his fireman being both badly burned on account of the netting being stopped up in the

engine.

            On the 29th of May, 1872, Mr. Smith married Miss Henrietta Elizabeth McCosh, who was born April 9, 1851, in Johnson County, Ind., and is a daughter of Arthur and Nancy (McLean) McCosh. Three sons and two daughters were born of their union, but Susan E., who was born March 1, 1873, died March 2, 1874. William, born January 28, 1875, is a highly educated young man who now aids his father in the store. The younger members of the family are Sebastian A., born December 6, 1876; Edward Quinn, born September 14, 1879; and Lucy Nancy, born July 28, 1889.

            Mr. Smith is now a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He also holds membership with Hero Lodge No. 991, K. of H., of Effingham, and with Shumway Camp No. 1233, of, Shumway. Himself and wife are members of the Catholic Church. In politics he is a warm advocate of Democratic principles and has served as School Director in his town for four years. Mr. Smith continued his connection with the railroad until 1883. Two years previous he had established a store in Shumway, which he placed in charge of his brother-in-law, but in 1883 he took charge of it personally. Besides his business he owns a beautiful home in Shumway and is recognized as one of its respected and representative citizens.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 251. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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