THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   *ATWELL M. SMITH is a general farmer and dairyman, and is administrator for property of two hundred acres on the line of Smithfield and Eaton towns, which he has managed for two years very successfully. He was born in the town of Eaton, October 26, 1863, and is now thirty years of age. He has always lived in the town, except during the time of his attendance at a mercantile business college and at the seminary in Cazenovia, N. Y., where he completed his education. His grandfather, Joseph Smith, a hardy tiller of the soil, died in 1846, comparatively young.
   Judson Smith, son of Joseph, the father of our subject, was born about the year 1826, and was for quite awhile a farmer in Eaton town, where he lived. In 1881-82 he went into business as a hop dealer and commission merchant, in which he continued for nearly ten years, when he removed to Clinton, N. Y. He is now connected with the Rose Gold Cure of that place. He is one of a large family of brothers and sisters, several of whom are yet living. His wife was Miss Josephine Wakelee. She was born in Chenango County, New York, but in early life went to Smithfield, Madison County, and was there married. She died November 2, 1892, aged fifty-seven, much esteemed as a devoted wife, a loving mother, and an extremely intelligent woman. Her parents were Atwell and Ellen (Lacy) Wakelee, both of whom died on the farm they had improved and owned, which is now the property of their grandchildren, Atwell, and Benaja and Lorena, his brother and sister, who live with him. The grandfather died in 1889, aged seventy-nine years, and his wife in 1890, when she was seventy-six years old. They were good, frugal, and industrious people, loved and respected in their neighborhood. Mr. Wakelee was for many years a large land dealer, was a Democrat, and, while taking a reasonable interest in politics, was not an office-seeker. They had but two children: Mrs. Judson Smith, deceased; and Miss Sarah Wakelee, who is still living in Morrisville, N.Y.
   Mr. Atwell M. Smith, the subject of the present sketch, is the eldest of the three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Judson Smith. He married Miss Lenna Tooke in the town of Eaton, Madison County, N. Y. She was born in the town of Smithfield, May 8, 1863, and was reared and educated in Madison County. She is the daughter of Joseph and Salinda (Burroughs) Tooke, who were born in Pratt’s Hollow, in the town of Eaton. Mr. Tooke has retired from business, and he and his family live in a beautiful home in one of the handsomest locations of the town. They have seven children, Mrs. Smith being next to the eldest. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are the happy parents of three children--Harry W., C. Leslie, and Doris J.
   Although a young man, probably no one stands higher in the estimation of his fellow-townspeople than Mr. Smith. He has carried on his business systematically and successfully, and is among the most prosperous and honored men in his county. He went to work early in life, beginning to farm some time before he became of age; on attaining his majority, taking charge of the large farm he now manages, conducting its affairs with honesty and sound judgment, for the benefit of the heirs as well as himself. Intelligent and discriminating, he takes a keen interest in local public matters. In his political views he is a strong Democrat. He and his charming wife and family are members of the Congregational church.

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