Smithville Celebrates Sesquicentennial
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It is our pleasure to present this reproduction of "The Autobiography of Calvin Smith of Smithville" during the Sesquicentennial of the founding of Smithville by Calvin's father, Humphrey Smith. We wish to thank the Smithville businesses, which through their sponsorship we have been able to provide this book at no charge as a .pdf download.
This reproduction is based on the original book published by Calvin Smith in 1906. In fact, the book appears to be Calvin's personal copy, which includes a handwritten note to his grandson, Couch. That note has been added to the fore pages of the reproduction.
Calvin, in this 1906 autobiography, describes the trip his dad led their family from Pennsylvania to ultimately founding the mills along the Little Platte and establishing the outpost that would later become the city of Smithville.
Read the trials that Humphrey, his wife and his children faced as abolitionists in a pro-slavery stronghold.
Pictures of Calvin and three generations of Smiths.
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