Glendale, California Biographies

George T. Smith

George T. Smith, who is an automobile dealer, and a director and treasurer of the Glendale Automobile Club, was born February 7, 1888, a son of Theodore and Ida (Beardsley) Smith. His father was formerly a manufacturer of buggies, and is now a designer and engineer for the General Motors Corporation, at Detroit. Mr. Smith is a high school graduate, and supplemented that education by attending Earlham College at Richmond, Indiana, where he took a two-year general course. He was an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad, at Columbus, Ohio, in a clerical capacity for a time, after which he was secretary of the president of the Atlas Underwear Company, at Piqua, Ohio, for eight years. He became a stockholder and was secretary and treasurer of the Meteor Motor Company at Piqua, Ohio. For this concern a large part of his time was given to travel which brought him to Southern California, and after a few trips to the land of sunshine he became very favorably impressed with the country, and in 1921 sold part of his business interests in the East and came to Glendale to live. He became a Glendalian in fact, by purchasing a home and engaging in the automobile business. He bought an automobile business at 228 South Brand Boulevard, and has since had the agency for Overland and Willys-Knight automobiles, also conducting an authorized service station and repair shop. Mr. Smith is a Past Exalted Ruler of Piqua Lodge, No. 523, B.P.O.E., a charter member of the Glendale Kiwanis Club and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He is a Republican.

At Piqua, Ohio, on October 1, 1911, Mr. Smith married Louisa Croner. They have three children: Irma Louise, Robert Theodore, and Betty Jane. The family home is at 427 South Columbus Street.

From History of Glendale and Vicinity by John Calvin Sherer. The Glendale Publishing Company, c. 1922 F. M. Broadbooks and J. C. Sherer. Pg 458.