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M. R. SMITH is an able lawyer and jurist, has served three years as the mayor of Conneaut, is its present city solicitor, is a director of the Conneaut Mutual Loan and Trust Company, and has had a long connection with the pubic life of his community.  Born in Carlton, Pennsylvania, Sept. 8, 1864, he is a son of John and Katherine (Patton) Smith and he is a graduate of the State Normal School of Pennsylvania with the class of 1887.  During four years thereafter he was connected with the teacher's profession in the state of his birth, thus becoming entitled to a life certificate, but in the fall of 1800 he abandoned educational work to become a member of the legal profession.  After studying in the office of Judge J. F. Burkey of Finley he was admitted to the bar on the 3d of January, 1891, and continued as a practitioner of that city until coming to Conneaut in 1899, where he follows a general line of practice.  He is a Mason, an Elk, an Odd Fellow and a Knight of Pythias.
     Mr. Smith married Miss Effie L. Morris, of Fordyce, Pennsylvania, in 1893.
Source: History of the Western Reserve By Harriet Taylor Upton And a staff of Leading Citizens collaborated on the Counties and Biographies - ILLUSTRATED - VOL. III - Publ.  The Lewis Publishing Company - Chicago - New York - 1910 Page 1587
WILBER F. STANLEY - In his special relations to Conneaut, Wilbur F. Stanley has been honored for many years as one of its most active and practical promoters, and throughout the Western Reserve as one of the prominent men in that section of Ohio engaged in the actual building of its railroads.  He is a native of Northfield, Summit county, Ohio, born on the 19th of February, 1843, and is a son of Daniel S. and Hannah C. (Cranmer) Stanley.  His father was a native of Vermont and his mother, of New York, the former going to Ohio in 1816 and settling on the Summit county farm which was so long the family homestead and upon which he spent the last period of his life.  Both he and his wife died in 1880, the mother at the age of seventy-eight years and the father at eighty.  They were active members of the Methodist church, becoming acquainted at a camp meeting held by members of that denomination and continuing steadfast and ardent in the faith throughout the many years of their marriage.  Daniel S. held various official positions in the church, and as he also served for a number of years as justice of the peace and was somewhat of a leader in the public affairs of the locality, few men were better known or more highly respected than he.
     W. F. Stanley, the youngest of the twelve children born to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel S. Stanley, remained on his father's farm until he was eighteen years of age and received his education in the public schools of Summit county.  In 1861 he went west as far as the Wisconsin  pineries, in which he was employed for two years, when he returned to Ohio and engaged in the railroad business, and, with the exception of about nine months spent in the Union army, served as tract master for a division of the Lake Shore Railroad until 1871.  In Mar., 1865, he enlisted in Company C, One Hundred and Fifteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and remained in the service until November of that year, participating in several skirmishes, but most of the time being on guard duty.
     Mr. Stanley became a resident of Conneaut, Feb. 1, 1863, and since 1871 has spent most of his active business life as a railroad contractor and in the development of his large interests in the city.  His railroad building has been largely confined to the Lake Shore system and the Camden system in West Virginia, to which as a constructor he has contributed several hundred miles.  In 1890 he completed the Stanley block, which is the most substantial business building in the city, and for many years he has been a stockholder and a director of the Conneaut Mutual Loan Association, which has done so much in the advancement of the general property interests of the place.  In politics he is a Republican and has served Conneaut as its mayor for two terms, his administrations being noteworthy for the public improvements accomplished.  In the fraternities, Mr. Stanley is also a figure of activity and prominence.  In Masonry he is a past master of Evergreen Lodge No. 222, past high priest of Conneaut Chapter, No. 76, past T. I. M. of Conneaut Council, No. 40, and past commander of Cache Commandry, No. 27, being the only living charter member of that commandry.  He also belongs to the Knights of Pythias and the B. P. O. E. (Conneaut Lodge, No. 256), and is a comrade of Custer Post No. 9, Grand Army of the Republic.
     On May 9, 1871, Mr. Stanley married Miss Alice Gould, daughter of Loren and Mary (Silverthorne) Gould, of Conneaut.  Mrs. Stanley's father came from New York at a very early day and settled at Conneaut.  He has been a merchant, but entered local politics with such affect that he was retained as township clerk for a period of thirty years.  Loren Gould married Mary Silverthorne in 1840, and their five living offspring are scattered from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast.
Source: History of the Western Reserve By Harriet Taylor Upton And a staff of Leading Citizens collaborated on the Counties and Biographies - ILLUSTRATED - VOL. III - Publ.  The Lewis Publishing Company - Chicago - New York - 1910 Page 1587






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