El Dorado County









      Edwin F. Smith occupies a very responsible position as supervisor of the El Dorado national forest, a position to which he was promoted after years of faithful and efficient service as forest guard.  Born at Ione, Amador County, California, on the 9th of March, 1890, he is a son of Alfred E. and Martha W. (Perkins) Smith, both of whom are natives of this state.  The maternal grandfather, John Dabney Perkins, was an early settler of California, as were also the paternal ancestors, who came from the state of Virginia.  Alfred E. and Martha W. Smith settled near Carbondale, Amador County, and are now living in Elkhorn, this state.

      Edwin F. Smith attended the public schools of his home county, after which he took a course in Heald’s Business College in Sacramento.  In 1908 he entered the United States forest service as a guard, and was assigned to the Tahoe national forest, where he was stationed until 1911, when he was sent to the Lassen national forest.  He remained there until June, 1917, when he enlisted in the Tenth Engineering Corps.  In October, 1917, he was sent to Europe, disembarking at Glasgow, Scotland, his contingent being a part of the first twenty-five thousand troops to be sent to France.  He served continuously with the Tenth Engineering Corps until March, 1919, when he was honorably discharged.  He at once resumed his work in the Tahoe national forest, where he was stationed until February, 1920, when he was promoted to the supervisorship of the El Dorado national forest, with headquarters at Placerville.  That he has rendered efficient service is a matter of common comment and his is regarded as one of the best men in the forest service.

      Mr. Smith was united in marriage to Miss Lila E. Oliver, of Truckee, who also is a member of an old family.  Her father, Harry E. Oliver, has been for thirty-three years yardmaster for the South Pacific Railroad at Truckee.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith are the parents of two children, Barbara and Lyle.  Mr. Smith and his family belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church.  His hobby is the forests and mountains.  He has shown himself a very capable man and well merits the high place which he holds in public regard.




Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 161-162. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.



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