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Milo R. Smith   HON. MILO R. SMITH, the subject of this biographical mention needs no introduction to the people of Fulton County, among whom he has lived many years. He was born in Logansport, Ind., July 1, 1829. He came of excellent parentage, but, unfortunately, death deprived him of their guidance and counsel when a mere boy.

His parents were Rev. James and Nancy Smith. They were pioneer settlers of Cass County, and located at Logansport when that city was a frontier town. The father was a blacksmith by trade, and a very skilled workman in steel. While following his trade at Rising Sun, Ind., Gen. Tipton induced him to to to Logansport to do the government blacksmithing at that place. He was a devout Christian, and soon after going to Logansport began preaching. He possessed a fine intellect, generous heart and a strong desire to do the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures. His labors as a Baptist minister were interrupted by death, in 1833, when forty-five years of age. He married Nancy Fertad, a Frenchman's daughter. She was an excellent woman, a devoted wife and mother. She bore him the following children: Crandon C., Amanda, Julia, Susan P., George P., Anthony F., Rev. Oscar F., Mary and Milo R.

As noticed above the last named, Milo R., was left an orphan and for a short time resided with a sister in Knoxville, Ills. He became dissatisfied, left the home of his sister and started out in life on his own responsibility. Going west, he went on board a Mississippi river steamboat as cabin boy, and for about one year followed the river between St. Louis and St. Paul. At the solicitation of a brother he returned to Logansport, where he was employed until the year 1856, when he xame to Rochester, where he and his brother opened a dry goods store, unter the firm name of A.F. Smith & Bro. This business venture was attended with indifferent success, and the firm went out of business after a duration of three years. Then Mr. Smith began the study of law and accepted employment in the county auditor's office. In 1863 the democratic party, with which he is identified, made him its candidate for county recorder, to which office he was elected in the fall of that year. He served two terms and such was his popularity as warrents the conclusion that he wo uld have been again elected to the office but for legislation which prohibited the possibility of his succeeding to the office. In 1872 Mr. Smith was again honored by the people, who elected him to the state senate from this and Cass County. For many years he has been engaged in the practice of law and in the loan and insurance business. He is unassuming and unostentatious, pleasant and agreeable in intercourse with his fellow-man, and is conversant on many subjects of interest. He has led an honest life and enjoys the esteem of many friends.

His marriage with Eliza E. Lyon was solemnized March 26, 1863. Mrs. Smith's parents were David W. and Sarah (McCracken) Lyon. They have the following children: Estella, Gertrude and Eliza E. Mr. Lyon came to Rochester from West Liberty, Ohio. He was a good man, a successful merchant and respected citizen.

"Pictorial History of America, The F ulton County Edition" by Elia Peattie - published in 1896

ROCHESTER SENTINEL, Saturday, January 2, 1875
    Hon. MILO R. SMITH goes to Indianapolis on Tuesday to be present at the opening of the Senate, of which he is an honorable member.

Published in The Rochester Sentinel Tuesday, June 13, 1911

Milo Robert SMITH of this city, died today at 12 o'clock noon, after an illness of several weeks of kidney trouble and complications.

Milo Robert Smith, son of James and Nancy SMITH, was of Welsh and English descent on his father's side, and French on his mother's side. He was born on July 1, 1829 at Logansport, and was the youngest of a large family, being the last of the line, his father having died in 1831 and his mother in 1833. His early life was spent in Illinois with a sister and while quite young he went on a Mississippi river steamboat as a cabin boy. Later he returned to Logansport, where he entered the employ of Merriem, Chase & Smith. In 1848 he came to Rochester and went into business with his brother, A. F. SMITH. He entered into active politics in 1863, when he was elected recorder of Fulton county, which office he held for eight years. Upon leaving that office he formed a law partnership with the late Judge KEITH. In 1873 he was elected to the senate as a representative from Fulton and Cass counties, and after the expiration of his term returned to Rochester, where he resumed the practice of law.

He was married to Eliza E. LYON, daughter of D. W. and Sarah A. LYON on March 26, 1863, in this city by Rev. N. L. LORD, and for the past forty-three years the couple resided in the same house at the corner of Main and Sixth streets.

Besides the wife there are a number of relatives and friends left to mourn the loss of a loving husband, constant friend and upright citizen.

Funeral arrangements have not been made.

Published in The Rochester Sentinel Wednesday, June 14, 1911

The funeral of Milo R. SMITH will be held at the residence Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Dr. WARNE of Chicago, wil have charge of the services. Burial will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery.

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