|HENRY F. SMITH|
Henry F. Smith is a rancher now
living on his homestead near Newcastle. His has been a busy, active
and useful life and the success which has come to him is the direct
outgrowth of his close application. He was born in Carlisle, Warren
county, Iowa, April 6, 1853, and is a son of Anthony and Rachel
(Freel) Smith. both of whom were natives of Ohio. The father became
one of the pioneer settlers of Iowa, casting in his lot with the
residents of the state when it was still a frontier district. He
arrived there during the middle ’30s, long before the state was
admitted into the Union. Taking up the occupation of farming, he
performed the arduous task of developing new land and as the years
went on he converted this into productive fields. He passed away in
1861. while his widow long survived, her death occurring in April.
1915. when she had reached the age of eighty-seven years. In their family were seven children, four of whom are yet living.
Henry F. Smith, the third in order of birth, was reared in Warren county and attended the country schools of his district, there remaining until he reached the age of sixteen years. When a lad of but fourteen he became an active assistant in the work of the farm and he remained in the old home until he reached the age of twenty-one. In 1877 he removed westward to Nebraska and there continued until 1880, at which time he came to what was then Laramie county, Wyoming. settling on Beaver creek. He filed on a homestead and has since remained in this state. He took up his abode upon his claim in 1882 and has concentrated his efforts and attention upon its development and improvement, carrying on the farm work until he has brought the place under a high state of cultivation. He now owns nine hundred and twenty acres of rich and valuable land and also leases six hundred and forty acres. He has always been a stock raiser, handling cattle and also some horses. His business affairs have been wisely directed and as the years have passed on he has gained a very substantial measure of success.
In March, 1873, Mr. Smith was united in marriage to Miss Josephine Fred, a native of Iowa and a representative of one of the pioneer families of that state, whence others of the family came to Wyoming in pioneer times. Mrs. Smith had three brothers—John, Henry and Zedick Freel, who came to Wyoming prior to the removal of Mr. Smith to this state, casting in their lot with the pioneer settlers. All are now deceased with the exception of Zedick Freel, who is usually known as Jack.
In politics Mr. Smith is a republican and he served, for one term as county commissioner but has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking. Fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Pythias and with the Woodmen of the World. His interests, however, have largely been concentrated upon his farm and stock and he has contributed in substantial measure to the agricultural development of his section of the state.