Formerly sheriff and collector of Holt County presently
operates a large mercantile business at Mound City. He is a native
of Montgomery County, Ohio. His father was Samuel SMITH and his mother's
maiden name was Mary WILSON. His parents were residents of Pennsylvania
before moving to Ohio.
M. M. SMITH was born July 31, 1841, lived
in Ohio until 1855, then moved with his father to Rockville, Park
County, Indiana, where he received his education in the common schools
of the area. He came to Holt County, Missouri. in 1860, but returned to
Indiana the next year. During the Civil War, he served about one
year in the 31st Indiana Infantry. He was discharged due to disability
in 1862, and returned to Holt County From 1862 to 1865.
in a store in Mound City and there learned the mercantile business.
In 1865, he went back to Rockville, Indiana and was employed in a
store for about three years. He returned to Holt County in fall,
1868 and worked for James L. ALLEN in his store at Oregon. In
1869 he bought the store from Mr. ALLEN. He sold the store in
1870 so he could stand for election to position of sheriff and
After the election, he held these offices for two years
and, after the positions were separated, held the office of collector
until 1874. In 1876, in partnership with M. S. NORMAN, he opened
a large and thriving store in Mound City under the firm name of
"SMITH & NORMAN." The store has a full assortment
of goods of all kinds. In Sept. 1873, Mr. SMITH married Miss Fannie
HART of Petersburg, Ind. He has always been a Republican.
Source: "An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map, Holt County, MO.
Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia, 1877
Provided by Dave Roberts of Lyon County, Kentucky,
a former Holt County resident.