ASA SMITH, a well known and prosperous real estate dealer of Parsons, Kansas, has been a resident of the city almost continuously since July, 1871.
Mr. Smith was born in Wabash county, Indiana, in 1853, and thence went with his parents, at the age of ten years, to Urbana, Ohio. He accompanied the family to Kansas in 1868, and staid for about six months in Woodson county, where his father located a claim. He next went to the town of Erie, Neosho county, in the fall of 1868, and was with the Southwestern Stage Company for three years. In 1871, he located in Parsons, Labette county, where he has since resided, with the exception of four years. He was engaged in railroading for eleven years. In 1883, he was elected register of deeds; and his term expired in 1888. He then started in the real estate and loan business for himself, and has been very successful from the beginning. He also does some farming and stock raising. He is a man of high character, and is well liked by all with whom he comes into contact, both in business and social relations.
Mr. Smith was joined in matrimony, in 1884, with Emma Scholl, of Parsons. Fraternally, he is a member of the Knights of Pythias. He is a Republican, in politics, and was supervisor of the census of 1900 for the Third Congressional District of Kansas.
Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901
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