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B. F. Smith
Born February 8, 1830
B. F. SMITH, brick manufacturer, Strawberry Hill, Anamosa; is a native of Grafton Co., N.H., and was born February 8, 1830; he grew up to manhood there and learned the business of brickmaking; in 1853, he went to California and was engaged in brickmaking there for seven years, then returned to New Hampshire; in 1869, he came to Iowa and located at Anamosa, and established his brick-works here; since then he has been engaged in the manufacture of brick; there are very few men in the business who have the thorough practical knowledge of Mr. Smith, and the brick he manufactures are of an excellent quality, superior to those manufactured elsewhere in this part of the State; he furnished the brick for the residence of Col. Shaw and also for Shaw's Block and many of the largest buildings in Anamosa. Mr. Smith has been twice married; his first wife was Clara Perrin, a native of Grafton Co., N.H.; she died in December, 1869, leaving three children—Edward F., Addie J. and Bertie P. In March, 1871, he married Ellen Wheeler, a native of Grafton Co., N.H.; they have one son—Clarence.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 578.


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