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Sarah Vassallo. Trhey-have six children:
Emma G.; John Brittan, who is in the employ
of Meyer Brothers, wholesale druggists,
Dallas; Lloyd B., who has been with the
Crowdus Drug Company five years; Joseph
Edwin; Rena, and Natalin V. Dr. Mitchell
is a member of the Masonic fraternity, both
of the blue lodge and chapter, and he and
his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal
Mrs. Mitchell is a daughter of Benjamin
and Sarah Dye, she being one of the four of
their sixteen children-nine daughters and
seven sons-who are still living. Her parents,
both natives of Virginia, were married
there and early moved to Kentucky, and, after
rearing a family in that State, came to Texas
in 1847, being among the honored pioneers
of the State. Her father died in 1852 and
her mother in 1879. By her former husband,
Francesco Vassallo, she has one child, Angioletta,
who is now the wife of W. J. McConnell,
L. SMITH, brick contractor and
'builder of Dallas, has been engaged
at his trade here since his arrival
November 24, 1876. His work has been the
construction of business blocks, such as the
News office on Commerce street and the Farmers'
Alliance building,and as sub-contractor on
the Harwood school building, the addition to
an academy, and what is now the Guild building
on Elm street, three fire-engine buildings
in Dallas, and many other structures, besides
a number of residences, as those of Mr.
Foster, P. Wilkinson on Ervay street, etc.
He generally has in his employ ten mechanics
and fifteen laborers.
Mr. Smith was born in Jefferson county,
Tennessee, in 1834, the eldest child of Absalom
(a farmer) and Mary (Lockhart) Smith,
natives of Tennessee. His father died in
1851, and his mother about 1864. In 1862
Mr. Smith enlisted in Company H, Twentythird
Tennessee Infantry, was captured at
Vicksburg May 22, 1863, confined in prison
twenty-two months at Fort Delaware and
Point Lookout, in Delaware and Maryland,
paroled in 1864 and went to Decatur, Illinois,
where he was employed; he also worked
He was married in Tennessee, in 1858, to
E. C. Rowe, a native of Tennessee and a
daughter of Abraham and Dorcas (McKehan)
Rowe, natives of Tennessee and both now
deceased. Mr. Smith moved with his family
to Dallas in 1876.
As to political matters he has not been
active, except so far as to vote the Democratic
ticket when presented. He is a member
of the American Legion of Honor, Lodge
No. 410, and of the order of the Golden
Cross. He and his wife belong to the Presbyterian
Church. Of their eight children,
five are living, namely: Charles N., married
and residing in Dallas; Clara, Bell, William
E., Frank D. and Arthur T.
l IOUSLEY.-America is peculiarly the
home of young business men, and
particularly is this true of the West,
where they have a chance to grow, not being
stunted or crowded out of existence by the
fierce competition of older civilization. This
is particularly true of Texas, whose wide expanse
is peculiarly adapted to the cultivation
of this promising product, as is amply testified
by its numerous successful business men.
Among these, none are more conspicuously
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/417/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.