Biographical Sketch of E. O. W. Smith
E. O. W. Smith, merchant, was born in Juniata County, Pa., July 5, 1844. Enlisted in the Union army in February 1864, in Company G, Forty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry: was discharged in 1865, when he returned to Illinois. Came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1872, and took a homestead two and a half miles south of town, which he sold, and bought one five miles from town, containing timber and water, where he carries on farming and stock-raising, making fine stock a specialty; is also the owner of a fine residence in Burr Oak. He went into the restaurant business in Burr Oak in 1877, and in 1880 engaged in general merchandising under the firm name of Faidley, Hollenbeck & Smith, and the firm are doing a flourishing business, in a room 22×60 feet, also a room 22×40, the last named building being used for a boot and shoe store. He was married in Illinois to Miss Hannah Frey, and they have three children – Cory E., George W., and Charles E. Mr. Smith is a member of the K. of P.