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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Arthur William Smith

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 658 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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On the roster of public officials in Amsterdam appears the name of Arthur William Smith, who is ably discharging the duties of city clerk. He was born February 7, 1890, in Fort Plain, New York, a son of William Adam and Margaret Smith, who removed to Amsterdam during his boyhood. He attended the public schools of the city and after completing his high school course went to work for his uncle, William B. Conney, the proprietor of a grocery store. He was afterward mployed in the offices of L. L. Dean & Company and John K. Stewart's Son, both Amsterdam firms, and in 1915 went to Holyoke, Massachusetts, where he spent four years, doing office work during that period. He returned to Amsterdam in 1919, ecoming foreman at the Mohawk Carpet Mills, and on January 1, 1923, was appointed city clerk. He is accurate, systematic and efficient in the performance of his duties and gives to the municipality the best service of which he is capable.

On the 1st of June, 1910, Mr. Smith was married to Miss Laura May Knack, a daughter of Augustus and Olive Estella Knack. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have four children: Roland H., who was born March 22, 1912; Vincent O., born September 2, 1916; Arthur William, Jr., who was born on the 19th of February, 1922; and Margaret E., born February 9, 1924. Mr. Smith gives his political support to the republican party, for he deems that its policy best conserves national progress and promotes public stability. He has always been faithful to every trust reposed in him and possesses many commendable traits of character, as his fellow citizens attest.

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