William R. Smith
 
WILLIAM R. SMITH was born in Glasgow, Scotland, 1in 1839.  He came to America in 1857 and to Michigan the same year, landing at Detroit, and from thence to Bay City.  He worked on the Bay City & Alpena State Road for Robert Patrick, and was in Alcona County during the completion of that road.  He was married in Alabaster to Mary Clain, and has two children, both girls.  He kept
the old Exchange Hotel at Au Sable for eighteen months and the old Rockwell for about six months, and went into the employ of Moore, Alger & Co, in 1871 and has been engaged with Alger, Smith & Co. ever since.  Mr. Smith is hale and hearty, and as well known among lumbermen as any man on the Shore.
 
(Bibliography:  “History of the Lake Huron Shore and Its People with Illustrations & Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Pioneers”, 1883, Chicago, Page 279)
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