Prominent Norwood Man Had Been Engaged in Tanning Business Practically All His Life.
NORWOOD, Jan 9—John E. Smith, one of Norwood’s oldest and most prominent citizens, died at his home on Day st this morning of pneumonia, aged 79 years. A wife, who is an invalid; a sister, Mrs. Lewis Day, and a brother, Charles L. Smith, survive him.
Mr. Smith retired from active business 10 years ago, but had been engaged in the tanning business most of his life, establishing a tannery with his father, Lyman Smith, and brother. Charles L. Smith, in 1853. This firm was known as Lyman Smith & Sons, and upon the father’s death, in 1883, as Lyman Smith’s Sons. In 1891 the Smith plant was added to the Winslow Bros’ holdings and the firm name changed to Winslow Bros & Smith company. Mr. Smith was a member of Orient lodge, A. F. and A. M.