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.

WILLIAM H. SMITH, foreman of the roundhouse in Effingham of the Vandalia Railroad, was born in Delaware County, Ohio, September 14, 1853. He is the son of Lewis Sheldon and Harriet (Said) Smith, both of whom were natives of the Buckeye State. Our subject spent the first eight years of his life in Ohio, and then accompanied his parents on their removal to Illinois. The family located on a farm near Effingham, and William H. was there reared to manhood, while in the public schools he acquired his education. His parents continued to reside in this county until 1881, when they moved to Pueblo, Colo., where they now reside. Our subject has two brothers and a sister now living. One brother, Dudley L. Smith, is now a resident of Fairhaven, Wash., and the other, Horatio W. Smith, is a locomotive engineer, employed on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.

William H. Smith remained upon the farm and aided in its cultivation until the 16th of July, 1874, when, having determined to engage in other pursuits, he began work in the shops of the Vandalia Railroad Company at Effingham, where he learned the machinist's trade. He has since been an employe of that company, and for the past thirteen years he has held the position of foreman of the roundhouse and of locomotive repairs. The Effingham roundhouse is headquarters for locomotives of this line, and is fitted up with room for sixteen engines. The machine shops, boiler and blacksmith shops are complete in their appointments and employ a large force of mechanics.

An important event in the life of Mr. Smith occurred on the 1st of January, 1882, when he was united in marriage with Miss Julia Kervin, the wedding ceremony being performed in Effingham. Five children have been born of their union, three sons and two daughters: Harry, Sheldon, Lillie, Emmett and Ruth. The family circle yet remains unbroken.

In politics, Mr. Smith is a Democrat, having voted with that party for some time. He is a member of Effingham Lodge No. 149, A. F. & A. M., and of the lodge of Knights of Honor, with which order he has been connected for fourteen years. In the discharge of his duties, Mr. Smith has ever been found capable and faithful, and has held his present position for twelve years, while for eighteen years without interruption he has been an employee of the Vandalia Railroad Company.

 

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. 409. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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