William Smuin b. 12 Jan 1883, d. 6 Jan 1939

Article about from the Rexburg Journal, 12 Jan. 1939 in Smuin Book, pp. 86-87.


William Smuin.
Fremont county has it’s full quota of enterprising and substantial young business men who are effectively identified with industrial and commercial activities and among the number is William Smuin, who is local manager of the business of the Consolidated Wagon and Machine Company at Ashton where he is well known and held in unqualified public esteem.

Like many other representative citizens of Fremont County, Mr. Smuin claims the state of Utah as the place of his nativity. He was born in the city of Ogden on the 12th of January 1883, and is the son of John and Harriet (Barker) Smuin. The former of whom was born and reared in England and the latter in Utah, in which state her parents established their residence in the early pioneer days.

William Smuin is indebted to the public schools of his native city for his early educational discipline which included the curriculum of the high school, and he was graduated in the Inter-Mountain Business College, at Ogden, as a member of the class of 1900. After leaving this institution he held for eighteen months the position of bookkeeper in the mercantile establishment of Smuin & Thomas of Ogden, his father having been senior member of the firm.

In 1902 he established his home at Rexburg, Idaho where he assumed the position of bookkeeper in the offices of the Consolidated Wagon and Machine Company, with which important concern he has continued to be identified during the intervening years, excepting an interim in 1904-6. In 1909 he was made branch manager of the company’s branch establishment at Ashton and here he has proved a most efficient and valued executive, the business of the company having been signally prospered under his administration.

In addition to his interest in the mercantile business conducted by his father, Mr. Smuin is a partner with T.J. and P.C. Winter, who own and operate a flour mill-the Rexburg Milling Company.
Liberal and public spirited in his civic attitude, Mr. Smuin became identified with the progressive wing of the Republican party and in the national election of 1912 he gave his support to the cause of the Progressive party and it’s standard bearer, Theodore Roosevelt.

He is one of the most enterprising and progressive business men of Ashton. He and his wife are most zealous member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, and from 1904 to 1906, an interval to which reference has been made in the preceding paragraph, he was an earnest and successful missionary of the church in the eastern states.

At Salt Lake City, on the 18th of September, 1907, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Smuin to Miss Jessie Ann Winter, who was born and reared in that city and who is a daughter of Thomas J. Winter, now a representative citizen of Rexburg, Idaho.

Funeral Services Held For Wm. Smuin.

Funeral services for William Smuin were held at the Second ward chapel Tuesday under the direction of Bishop H. Lester Peterson. Interment was in the Rexburg Cemetery under the direction of the Flamm Mortuary. The grave was dedicated by P.C. Winter.

Mr. Smuin will be remembered as a former resident of Rexburg, one time bookkeeper at the C. W. & M. Co. Later he and his wife (Nee Jessie Winter) moved to Ashton where he was the manager of that branch of the C. W. & M. Co. for a number of years. His father and brothers were in business in Rexburg for a number of years. William Smuin recently moved to Boise where he died of a heart attack January 6th. He was 56 years of age. He is survived by three son’s, Frank, Harold, and Winter and a daughter, Jessie. His wife died in California last year.


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