H. F. Smith

In the latter years of the 19th century, Henry F. Smith emerged as a prominent member of the Obelin community. In 1893, Smith opened the Gem Pharmacy in Oberlin, establishing a successful business for himself in the town. By 1900, Smith had become a member of Oberlin's Council, marking his entry into the political sphere. 1906 witnessed the incorporation of the People's Banking Company, in which Smith served as vice president on the original board of directors until 1933. Throughout the 20th century, Smith continued to take an active role in Oberlin's political scene as a member of the Council. In 1921, the election of Smith to the Mayor of Oberlin on the Republican ticket furthered his political involvement in the city of Oberlin.


Source: Wilbur H. Phillips, Oberlin Colony: The Story of a Century (Oberlin, 1933).

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