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SHERMAN R. SMITH, breeder of fine stock and proprietor of Fairfield Stock Farm, is a son of Samuel and Eliza (McMullen) Smith. His father was a native of eastern Pennsylvania, and son of Valentine Smith; he was married in 1840 to Sarah Arnest, a native of Germany. Valentine Smith settled in Irwin township and was the father of the following children: John; William; David; Francis M.; Samuel; Sarah, who married Samuel Park; Susan; Eliza, and Kate, all of whom are dead excepting Kate, wife of Philip Walter; David, and Francis M. He died in 1867. Samuel Smith was a carpenter, and followed that business about twenty years. In 1849 he purchased the farm whereon our subject now lives, and engaged in farming and stock breeding. He afterward bought lands in Irwin township until he owned six hundred and thirty acres. He was one of the justices of the township, and took an active interest in educational affairs. Though commencing life comparatively poor, by close attention to his business he accumulated a handsome competence. He died in 1879, and his widow still survives and resides with his son on the old homestead. They were the parents of eight children: John; Valentine; Millard F.; Sarah, wife of E.O. Riddle; David, deceased; Clayton; Alice, wife of Rillie McDowell, and Mary, wife of D.W. Walter.
Sherman R. Smith was born July 27, 1865, was educated in the common schools, and reared to his present occupation. He was married in 1885 to Miss Zonie E., daughter of Robert M. Sterritt, who is the mother of two children, Karl and Sadie E. In 1887 he engaged in breeding Clydesdale horses, and has among his stud Monarch Derby, No. 3314, Volume IV, imported in August, 1888; Bloomsberry, registered 5556, Volume IV, imported at the same time; Monarch Derby, No. 3314, Volume IV, and the thoroughbred mare, Ethel the Second, registered 4284, Volume IV. These are thoroughbred Clydesdales, imported from Scotland, with the exception of Monarch Derby, which was bred in Lawrence county. Mr. Smith is also an extensive breeder of Shropshire sheep. He is a stanch Republican, and one of the enterprising young men of his township.