Dwight P. Smith
Dwight Palmer Smith is a well known and popular grocer of Laramie, conducting business as senior partner of the firm of D. P. Smith & Son. He is known throughout the state, having come to Wyoming in early pioneer times, braving the dangers and hardships of frontier life and aiding in the task of making the way easy for future generations.
He was born in Tonawanda, New York, June 13, 1857, a son of Veleous and Margaret (Kibler) Smith, both of whom were also natives of the Empire state, where they resided until called to the home beyond. The father was a well known merchant of Tonawanda, New York, for many years, continuing active in business there until about six years prior to his death, which occurred in 1903. He had long survived his wife, who died in the Empire state in 1877. In their family were four children.
Dwight Palmer Smith, the eldest of the family, spent his boyhood days as a pupil in the public schools, thus becoming well qualified for life's practical and responsible duties by thorough educational training. When his textbooks were put aside he turned his attention to clerical work, to which he gave his thought and energies for a quarter of a century. He arrived in Laramie on the 7th of April, 1879, and secured a position with A. S. Peabody, in whose employ he remained for sixteen years—a fact which is indicative of his marked fidelity and capability. On the expiration of that period he bought out the grocery business of George Lynch, becoming proprietor on the 7th of March, 1907. He has since conducted business under the firm style of D. P. Smith & Son and is today owner of one of the finest grocery houses of the city, splendidly equipped and carrying an extensive line of staple and fancy groceries. His business principles are such as will bear the closest investigation and scrutiny, and commend him to the confidence and support of the general public.
On the 28th of September, 1889, Mr. Smith was united in marriage to Miss Julia Kreager, of Pueblo, Colorado, a daughter of Peter and Winnifred (Walford) Kreager, of Laramie. They now have two children: Eugene Payne, who was born October 28, 1890, in Laramie, and is a member of the United States Marines; and Winnifred, born June 9, 1892, in Laramie, a graduate of the University of Wyoming, and the wife of John Walford, by whom she has one daughter, Eugenia Marie Walford, born March 11, 1918. The son is a young man of fine character whose loyalty to his country has been manifest in his enlistment for service in the Marines with the purpose of aiding in the world conflict and making the democratic government one that shall be unimperiled for all time to come. When en route to Guam he wrote to his parents from Honolulu. He is a young man of fine physical development, athletic, strong and vigorous, is an excellent foot ball player and a fine boxer, thoroughly understanding the science of the game. He possesses the true spirit of the sportsman and has an excellent mind, being a son of whom the parents have every reason to be proud. The daughter, too, has made splendid progress in her studies and is a highly cultured young lady, possessed of superior musical talent.
In politics Mr. Smith maintains an independent course. Fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is ever interested in any project or plan for the benefit and upbuilding of his city and heartily gives his cooperation to any movement for the general good. At the same time he is a most progressive business man—owner of a splendid store in which he employs a large force of capable employes. He conducts his business according to the most progressive methods and is a gentleman of splendid purpose, broad-minded, big-hearted and generous, enjoying in fullest measure the confidence and goodwill of his fellow citizens and standing as a high type of American manhood and chivalry.