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J. H. (Heber) Smith

 

c.1845

Mr. Smith came to Wisconsin from Canada and settled here somewhere about 1845. He was a partner of the late John Richards in running the old sawmill which stood on the east side of the river [across] from the Rough & Ready mill, destroyed by fire last fall.

 

1848

ORGANIZED WATERTOWN BIBLE SOCIETY

The Watertown Bible Society was organized in Watertown in January 1848 by Heber Smith, Rev. Melancthon Hoyt, George W. Breckenridge, William Dutcher and others as an auxiliary of the Jefferson County Bible Society

 

1858

BUILT JONES HOUSE

Gothic style home at 1325 Western Ave was built in 1858 by J. H. (Heber) Smith, then connected with the Rough and Ready dam and milling operations; the home occupies the highest geographic area in Watertown.

 

Cross Reference: Heber Smith also built a home for Captain Ernst Off, this being among the first brick homes in the city and stood on the corner of S. Fifth and Spring streets, fronting on Fourth. Today the site of the post office.

 

1859

03 17 ACCLIMATED APPLE TREES

A few thousand fine, thrifty, grafted apple trees for sale at very reduced prices. The trees are four years old and grown upon the summit of the hill near the residence of J. A. Hall of this city, which will make them hardy and healthy trees. For further particulars inquire of the undersigned. Heber Smith. [Location is in vicinity of Fairview Street] WD

 

1860

09 28 OUR CANDIDATE FOR SHERIFF

Heber Smith is a resident of Watertown. Here, where he has lived for the last 18 or 20 years, it is unnecessary to say a single word in his behalf. But for the benefit of our distant readers who may be unacquainted with him, we would say that Mr. Smith is an upright man in all his dealings, whose word is as good as his bond; and a gentleman in whom are happily combined thorough business tact, great energy of character, strict integrity and many genial social qualities which, taken together, constitute him one of our leading and most influential citizens. He is not, and never has been, a seeker of office, though at the urgent solicitation of his friends he allowed his name to be used at this time in connection with the office for which he is now in nomination. A year ago he was elected to represent the city in the assembly of this state, and the flattering vote that he received at that time is sufficient evidence as to the estimation in which he is held by those who have known him longest and are presumed to know him best. His competitor was a highly respected citizen with money at his command to carry on the canvass, but the votes are not subject to his control. Mr. Smith ran far ahead of his ticket and was elected by a handsome majority. In the legislature he was known as one of the most attentive and influential members, against whom we have yet to hear the first word of reproach or complaint. If elected to the Sheriffalty, as we have no doubt he will be, we promise that he never will disgrace the office, and that his duties will be discharged with an eye single to the public good. WR

 

1888 DEATH OF HEBER SMITH

WATERTOWN, July 18 Heber Smith, an early settler of Watertown, died at Salina, Kan., Saturday last, July 14, 1888, aged about 70 years.

 

Mr. Smith came to Wisconsin from Canada and settled here somewhere about 1845. He was a partner of the late John Richards in running the old sawmill which stood on the east side of the river [across] from the Rough & Ready mill, destroyed by fire last fall [It was the Rough & Ready mill that burned in 1887]. . Mr. Smith contributed considerably to the growth of Watertown in the way of erecting a number of houses, which still stand as testimonials of his enterprise.

 

Note: Heber Smith built the Jones house at 1325 Western Ave as well as a home for Captain Ernst Off, this being among the first brick homes in the city and stood on the corner of S. Fifth and Spring streets, fronting on Fourth. Today the site of the post office. Jefferson County Union, 07 20 1888

 

 

 

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