SMITH, FREDERICK E., the genial proprietor of the Central Hotel, the leading hotel of Steelton, was born in Blina, South Wales, G. B., February 5, 1868. He is a son of Henry and Emma (Hilliard) Smith. Henry Smith was born and educated in Great Britain. He came to America after his marriage and settled at Harrisburg. He was connected with the Lochiel rolling mill for eight years, and from 1875 until his death, February 1, 1894, was continuously in the service of the Pennsylvania Steel Company, at Steelton. He was a thoroughly practical mechanic and an honorable, upright man, who enjoyed the esteem and good will of all who knew him. His memory will long be cherished. His wife survives, residing in Steelton. Nine of their ten children are living: John, who resides in his native land; Mary A., wife of Luke Butt, of Columbia, Pa.; Henry O., of Steelton; Julia, wife of John Butt, of Lebanon, Pa.; Emily, wife of O. C. Nace, of Harrisburg; Rhoda, wife of John F. Bogner, of Steelton; Alfred, of Columbia, Pa.; Frederick E., and Bella, in Steelton, teacher in the public schools.
Frederick E. Smith, at the age of fifteen months was brought by his parents to America. He lived with them in Harrisburg until April, 1877; since that date he has been a continuous resident of Steelton. He was educated in the public schools of Harrisburg and Steelton. He was subsequently in the employ of the Pennsylvania Steel Company, at Steelton, for seven years. At the expiration of that time he became proprietor of the Central Hotel. He has since continued to conduct it with success. Mr. Smith has recently built a large addition to his hotel, and has refurnished it throughout, making it one of the most comfortable hostelries in Dauphin county. His generous provision for the wants of the inner and outer man are not surpassed by many more pretentious houses. Mr. Smith was married, in Harrisburg, to Olive Alleman, daughter of S. S. and Mary A. Handshoe. They have had three children: Lyle A., died at the age of eight years; Floyd L., accidentally killed by the electric street cars in front of his father's residence; and Hazel L., the only living child. He is a Republican and attends the Methodist church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 4 August 2001
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