Garrett D. Smith, who carried on agricultural pursuits on Grand Island, in Sacramento county, is numbered among the native sons of California, his birth having occurred on Brannan Island, November 26, 1863, his parents being Hart F. and Maggie Smith, the former a native of Illinois and the latter of Ireland. The father was one of the early settlers on Brannan Island and was well known in Sacramento county. He took an active and helpful part in public affairs and served for several years as justice of the peace, so that he was known throughout the locality as Judge Smith. His political support was given to the Democratic party, in his early life, but in his later life he voted the Republican ticket, of which he was a stanch advocate. He was one of the pioneers of the state, having come to California from Memphis, Tennessee, in the early '50s, crossing the plains with an ox-team and settling within a short time on Brannan Island, where he remained until his death, which occurred in October, 1902. He was always deeply interested in the welfare and progress of the county and was an ardent advocate of the reclamation work, believing that vast areas might thus be utilized for productive cultivation. The cause of education found in him a warm friend and he advocated every progressive measure for the advancement of public education in his county. The Masonic fraternity found him an exemplary member, true to the teachings of the craft, and he was buried with Masonic rites at Rio Vista, California. His activity along varied lines had made him a vlaued citizen and his death was the occasion of much regret on Brannan Island and where-ever he was known throughout the county.

Garrett D. Smith was reared to manhood of Brannan Island and pursued his education in the public schools at Isleton, while subsequently he was a student in the Stockton Business College at Stockton, California. He was trained to farm work on his father's ranch and has always been identified with agricultural interests. He now resides on Grand Island, where he has made his home since 1894, and he owns a ranch of fifty-nine acres, devoted to general farming purposes, his fields being well tilled, while the neat and thrifty appearance of his place indicates his careful supervision.

On the 1st of February, 1886, Mr. Smith was united in marriage to Mrs. Marie L. Garrett, who was a native of Iowa, but was reared in San Francisco, California, to which place she removed with her father, Captain Patrick F. Anson, of the Thirty-fifth Iowa Volunteers during the Civil war. There were three children by this marriage: Vida C., Warren W. and Hart F. By her first marriage Mrs. Smith had a daughter, Charlotte M., who is now the wife of P. E. Lynch, of San francisco, California.

Mr. Smith is a Democrat where state and national questions are involved, but does not consider himself bound by part ties and frequently votes independently. He is public-spirited and favors everything to improve his district and elevate society. He has a wide acquaintance in the county of his nativity and is well known as a representative agriculturist.

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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