ABRAM SMITH eldest son of John K and Catharine McDonald Smith is a native of St Clair County and was born in this town September 8 1819. His boyhood was spent there. At the age of 13, he carried the mail between Algonac and St Clair on horseback. At that time only 3 men between those points subscribed for papers. He attended school during the winter. He remained on his father's farm until he sold it and then worked in a saw mill for 4 yrs. He afterward sailed a boat for Tucker & Daniels between here and Sandusky and had charge of their lumber yard there a short time. In 1844 he engaged in the mercantile business and carried it on for many years. In 1856 he engaged in lumbering bought a mill and for over a quarter of a century was identified with the business and also engaged in ship building during that time. After the pine had given out, he & his son engaged in manufacturing staves and hoops and also sawing oak timber for ship building. He owned a large farm of several hundred acres and a large tract of timberland. Mr Smith in 1861 represented the district in the State Legislature and also during the extra war session in 1862. He has held various town offices was elected Supervisor and President of the Village Board and school offices. He served as Moderator of the School Board for 20 yrs. He was actively identified with the interests of the county and State. Mr Smith was married November 25 1844 to Miss Fidelia Burt a native of Madison County NY. They have five children James B merchant at L Anse Lake Superior Cornelia D now Mrs Seaman of L'Anse. John A engaged in business here Ella M and Angus M at home.