David William Smith, farmer and fruit-grower of Sacramento county, residing near the town of Florin, where he has a ranch of three hundred and sixty-six acres, one hundred of which is devoted to the growing of strawberries, is a Canadian by birth and early training, but has spent all his active career in this state.

Born in the province of Ontario, near Toronto, January 26, 1863, he was a son of David and Caroline (Reeve) Smith, his father now deceased and his mother living in Sacramento county. The parents came to California in 1873, being located for several years in Sacramento and then moving to a farm near Florin, where the father successfully followed agriculture until his death, September 26, 1897.

The son David William, after the departure of his parents for California, remained in Ontario with a sister until 1876, which is the date of his arrival in the Golden state, where he has accordingly been a permanent resident since he was thirteen years old. His education was received partly in the public schools of Ontario and completed in the schools of Sacramento. From youth up he has known no other business activity than general farming and fruit-raising, and has gained a very large degree of success in this line.

December 29, 1886, Mr. Smith married Miss Maria Leimbach, who was born in Sacramento county, where he was one of the pioneer settlers. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have three children: Ethel L., Raymond W. and Shirley L. Public-spirited as a citien, Mr. Smith gives the due share of attention to the institutious and civic matters of his locality. He served as a trustee of Alder Creek school while a resident of that district. He is a Republican in politics, and fraternally is a member of Florin Lodge No. 364, I. O. O. F.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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