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James Smith   

JAMES SMITH, proprietor of the Boston Iron Works, was born in Brantford, Canada, May 24, 1839, of English parentage, and removed with his parents to Buffalo, New York, in 1851. He entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad Company, and learned the trade of machinist. In February, 1865, he came to the oil regions, and located at Plumer, Venango county, where he commenced work for Hamlin, Moore & Company. He was soon advanced to the position of foreman and continued in that capacity until the spring of 1866. The firm having changed to that of E. W. Cook & Company, Mr. Smith assumed control of the business. In October, 1868, he bought out the firm and commenced business on his own account. He remained at Plumer until April, 1871, when he purchased from Winsor Brothers & Company, the Boston Iron Works. Mr. Smith is engaged in the manufacture of oil well supplies, and affords employment to a large number of men. He is the owner of one of the most extensive establishments of the kind in Franklin.

History of Venango County, Pennsylvania : its past and present, including its aboriginal history, the French and British occupation of the country, its early settlement and subsequent growth, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its rich oil deposits and their development, sketches of its cities, boroughs, townships, and villages, neighborhood and family history, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc., etc.
Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1890, page 834.
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