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.
I. A. SMOTHERS,
the efficient Principal of the Effingham city schools, and one of the highly respected citizens of that place,
has been connected with the educational interests of this locality since September, 1888. He belongs to a profession
which has furnished to the country many of its most prominent men. A native of the Buckeye State, he was born in
Franklin County on the 4th of March, 1855. His parents were Henry and Elizabeth (Birdsill) Smothers, both of whom
were also natives of Ohio. They have both now passed away. The death of the father occurred when our subject was
about fifteen years of age, and his mother departed this life in 1889.
Smothers spent his boyhood days under the parental roof. His earlier education was acquired in the public schools
of the neighborhood in which he lived and was supplemented by a course of study in Central College, of Ohio. When
a lad he displayed special aptitude, and with commendable quickness mastered the tasks set before him. At the age
of twenty years he began teaching, being first employed in country schools. Soon afterwards, however, he accepted
a call from a graded school in Harrisburgh, Ohio. There he remained engaged in teaching for five years. He was
very successful, but on the expiration of that period he resigned his position and accepted the position of Principal
of the public schools in Altamont. There the succeeding six years of his life were passed. He then came to Effingham,
where he has since resided.
Smothers was married in Effingham on the 2d of January, 1883, the lady of his choice being Miss Mattie L. Peters.
The wedding ceremony was performed by Rev. Alfred Bliss. The lady was born in Delaware County, Ohio, and is daughter
of Daniel H. and Rowena (Iles) Peter. Their union has been blessed with a family of four children: Arthur Elton,
now eight years of age; William Luther, a lad of six years; Edgar Raymond, aged four years; and Isaac Alonzo, the
baby of two years.
and Mrs. Smothers hold membership with the Methodist Episcopal Church and take an acting interest in its success
and growth. They are people of sterling worth and rank high in social circle where true ability and intelligence
are received as the passports into good society. In his political affiliations Mr. Smothers is independent. Socially,
he is a member of Altamont Lodge No. 533, A. F. & A. M., and Black Diamond Camp, M. W. A. In the line of his
profession our subject has certainly had a successful career. Beginning his work in a country school, his ability
soon brought him a call to a graded school, and he has since risen step by step. He is indeed a successful educator.
Thorough and earnest, his love of the work has led him to labor untiringly in its interest and he has therefore
won for himself an enviable reputation and the commendation of all with whom he has been brought in contact.
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. 376. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.