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Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


     THOMPSON SMITH is a retired farmer dwelling near Sprague.  He was born in South Carolina in 1854, the son of Enoch and Eliza (Miles) Smith, natives of South Carolina.  The father moved to Tennessee in 1852, where he farmed.  He was county commissioner of his county for a number of years and served in the Confederate army under General Forest.  He died in 1892, in that state.  The mother died there in 1893.  Owing to the disturbance of the Civil war, our subject received only a limited education.  He remained with his parents on the farm until twenty-one years of age then began farming for himself.  In 1877, he came to Humboldt county, California, and there engaged in buying and selling real estate for two years.  Thence he journeyed to Walla Walla and there followed the same business for two years.  It was in 1882, when he came to Sprague where he engaged in the livery business and also in buying and selling horses for nine years.  Mr. Smith remarks that when he first came to Sprague there were few well bred horses in the entire country.  He retired from business in the spring of 1891, and did nothing until 1898, having been very much crippled in the fire of 1895.  In addition to the business named, Mr. Smith has paid considerable attention to farming but retired from that in 1902, selling some of his land.  He recently sold two other farms and still has some land in this section besides an elegant residence in Sprague and four hundred and eighty acres in Umatilla county.  Mr. Smith had four brothers, Enoch, deceased; William A., Levi A. and Mrs. Julia Terry.
     On August 7, 1885, in Sprague, Washington, Mr. Smith married Miss Katherine Murphy, daughter of Peter K. and Martha Murphy, now living in Portland, Oregon.  Mrs. Smith has the following brothers and sisters, Carrie, Minnie, Annie, Susan, Mattie and Martha, a sister in a convent at Vancouver.  To Mr. and Mrs. Smith five children have been born, Harry E., attending the Blair Business College in Spokane; T. Clifford, Helen, Geneva, and Mary C.
     Mr. Smith is a member of the Masonic lodge and also of the Maccabees.  He is the only man in Sprague who was here when the Masonic lodge was formed and Mr. Smith desires to preserve the fact that the original corner stone laid for the Masonic building, lies about twelve feet back from the northeast corner of the present building.
 


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