James Henry SMITH is a farmer and stockraiser, living on section 13, Milo township. One of Bureau county’s native sons, his birth occurred in this township, August 11, 1872. He is a son of James A. SMITH, a retired farmer residing in Bradford. The father was born in Ithaca, Tioga county, New York, November 25, 1840, and was a son of William and Lucy (ROBINSON) SMITH. The father came west in 1863 and located in Milo township, where he was employed at farm labor and afterward engaged in cultivating rented land until 1873, when he bought one hundred and sixty acres, which he still owns. He now has about four hundred acres in Milo township, which is devoted to general farming and stock-raising, but he leaves the active management and work of the farm to his son, William J. Retiring from business life in 1903, he removed to Bradford, where he owns a beautiful home which he now occupies. On the 28th of March, 1868, Mr. SMITH was united in marriage to Miss Mary J. FOX, a native of New York. They became the parents of four children, three sons and a daughter, and after the death of the wife and mother Mr. SMITH married again, his second union being with Jane CULTON, a native of this county. The children of the first marriage are: James H., of this review; William J., of Milo township; George R., who is living in Marshall county, Illinois; and Sarah J., the wife of William HARDY, of Indiana. Mr. Smith is a republican, but without aspiration for office. A man of many excellent qualities, he has in his private life and his business relations won the confidence and good will of those with whom he has been associated. All who known him entertain for him the warmest regard, and his circle of friends is an extensive one.
Extracted 06 Jun 2011 by Norma Hass from 1906 Past and Present of Bureau County, Illinois