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From the book entitled: The History of Knox County, IL
By: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., © 1912

Fred G. Smith, who for ten years has been engaged in the cultivation of his home farm in Henderson township, was born on the 25th of August, 1882, in Henderson. He is the son of Anthony L. and Margaret A. (Davidson) Smith, more extended mention of whom is made under the caption of a sketch of George A. Smith. Fred G. Smith acquired his education in the common schools and since then has been connected with the agricultural pursuits of the county, at first as an assistant to his father and for the last few years as an independent agriculturist on the farm of one hundred and twenty acres which he has recently purchased. This is a valuable piece of land and by capable management and progressive methods it can be developed into a highly productive farm.
On October 25, 1905, occurred the marriage of Mr. Smith to Helen M. Rhodes. To this union two children, Charles Anthony and Robert R., have been born. Mrs. Smith is the daughter of Charles H. and Frances Rhodes, prominent agriculturists of Henderson township. In politics Mr. Smith accords his support to the candidates of the democratic party and his interest in the welfare of the schools of his district has led him to act as school director but otherwise does not seek office as a reward for party fealty. In political and social questions, as well as in his agricultural pursuits, his ideas are practical and intelligent and throughout his community he has made himself felt as a man standing for the best development of his county.