ABEL GALE SMITH, editor of the Le Roy Free Press, is a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., and was born Oct. 13, 1832. His father, Jacob Denton Smith, was a native of the same State, where he followed farming pursuits until 1833, when he removed with his family to Ohio and located on a farm in Erie County. His decease occurred at Sandusky City in 1849.

His wife, the mother of our subject, was formerly Elizabeth Conger, also a native of Pennsylvania. She was married to Jacob D. Smith in Pennsylvania, and removed with him to Ohio and died at Shelby, Richland County, on the 30th of April, 1877. They were the parents of six children, of whom the record is as follows: Cordelia married Harrison Mickey, of Shelby, in 1846; Mrs. Robert A. Smith lives in Chicago; Abel G. was the third child and eldest son; Miss Docia B. Smith lives in Chicago; Emma, Mrs. Silas Abbott, lives in Kentucky; Robert is engaged in printing in Chicago.

The subject of this history was one year old when his parents removed from his native State to Ohio. He remained with them until he was seventeen and then adopted the printer's trade. In 1855 he purchased the Free Press at Milan, which he conducted for six years, and then, removing to Watseka, Ill., became owner of the Iroquois Republican which he conducted for five years. He then removed to Danville and entered upon the publication of the Danville daily and weekly Times, continuing there until 1881. Thence he came to Le Roy.

The Le Roy Free Press was founded by A. G. Smith, Sept. 29, 1882. It is a neatly gotten up six-column folio paper, Republican in politics and has a fair circulation. Mr. Smith is an old and experienced newspaper man and has established a good many papers in his time, all of which have done good service in the journalistic field. The Free Press is well edited and a very readable paper, and devoted particularly to the building up of the thriving town of Le Roy.

The marriage of Abel Gale Smith and Miss Charlotte B. Paige was celebrated on the 15th of September, 1875. at Alexander, Genesee Co., N. Y. Mrs. Smith is a native of Owego, Tioga Co., N. Y., and became a resident of Illinois in 1872. Of this union there have been born two sonsóPaul and Gale. By a former marriage Mr. Smith has one sonóDudley, of Chicago.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 407. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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