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S. G. Smith collection

S. G. Smith collection

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Finding aid for the S. G. Smith collection

BC.MSS.12.25

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

January 7, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Smith, Samuel Gallatin, 1867-1948
Title: S. G. Smith collection
Dates: 1885-1923
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection consists mostly of chattel mortgages filed in Faulkner County and nearby Arkansas counties, principally those granted by S. G. Smith.
Identification: BC.MSS.12.25
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is largely arranged in chronological order and by type of artifact.


Scope and Contents

This collection consists mostly of chattel mortgages filed in Faulkner County and nearby Arkansas counties, principally those granted by Conway merchant S. G. Smith during the 1890s. It also includes chattel mortgages granted by other individuals, as well as a small number of land transaction documents.


Biographical Information

Samuel Gallatin Smith was born in Dallas County, Arkansas, February 27, 1864, to W. H. and Lottie Smith, natives of North Carolina. Smith was educated in Hot Springs and moved to Conway at age sixteen to work as a traveling salesman for Joseph Sneed and Company.

After brief partnerships with other merchants, Smith established his own general store in Conway. Operating as S. G. Smith & Co., he invested widely in providing crop and chattel mortgages in Faulkner County and surrounding areas. His business interests expanded to include Faulkner County Bank, the Conway Theater, and the county’s first automobile dealership.

On April 29, 1899, Smith married Medora Ellen Grissard, a native of White County, Arkansas, and the daughter of W. H. Grissard. The couple had two daughters and one son. Samuel L. Smith was a partner with his father in the Ford dealership.

Smith died on February 9, 1948, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Conway. The S. G. Smith house, designed in 1924 by prominent Arkansas architect Charles Thompson, remains a Conway landmark.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Chattel mortgages -- United States
Conway (Ark.)
Faulkner County (Ark.)
Smith, Samuel Gallatin, 1867-1948

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating; in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

S. G. Smith collection, MSS.12.25, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, March 2012


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