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Smith, Sanford Alvah


Age: 21, credited to Guilford, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/62, m/i 10/23/62, MSCN, Co. B, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63

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Birth: 07/25/1841, Guilford, VT
Death: 02/16/1910

Burial: Weatherhead Hollow Cemetery, Guilford, VT
Marker/Plot: 1
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 6594339


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Findagrave
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None


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Weatherhead Hollow Cemetery, Guilford, VT

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Sanford A. Smith, 68 a prominent businessman of Brattleboro and Guilford, died very suddenly on Wednesday of last week of heart failure at his home in Guilford. Mr. Smith was out to the S. A. Smith company factory in Brattleboro the same morning, apparently in good health. He returned home, ate dinner and soon was taken with severe pains about the chest and died before medical aid or either one of his sons in Brattleboro could reach him. He was born July 25, 1841, in Guilford, youngest son of Alvah and Lucinda (Weatherhead) Smith. He was educated in the public schools of Guilford and Saxtons River Academy. He served as a drummer boy in Co. B, 16th Vermont regiment. Soon after the civil war, he began the manufacture of baby carriages on his father's farm, which later developed into a large industry in Guilford and was moved to Brattleboro in 1881. Mr. Smith married March 23, 1864, Ellen M. Hunt of Guilford, who died December 7, 1896. He married August 21, 1898, Lila C. Boyd of Guilford, who survives him and he is also survived by two sons, Fred L. and Charles A. of Brattleboro. He has served in both branches of the legislature and held many other official positions in his native town. For many years he had been a director of the People's national bank, He was a large property owner and conducted a lumber business independent from the business of the firm. He had been for years the most prominent citizen of Guilford. He was a member of Columbian Lodge of Masons of Brattleboro.

The Vermont Journal, February 25, 1910
Submitted By: Cathy Hoyt

Sanford A. Smith Dead
End Came Suddenly at His Home in Guilford Wednesday Afternoon.


Sanford A Smith, 68, founder of the S. A. Smith factory of this town and for years one of Guilford's foremost citizens, died suddenly at his home in Guilford Village (Algiers) Wednesday afternoon about 3 o'clock of heart trouble. Although he had been slightly indisposed for some time no one thought his condition serious as he was able to be out and attend to active business regularly. On the morning of his death, he drove to Brattleboro with his wife and spent a short time at the Smith factory on Frost street, returning shortly before 2 o'clock. After dinner as he was sitting in his armchair in the dining room, Mrs. Smith noted an alarming pallor on his features and knew at once that something was wrong. She telephoned to the nearest neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Coombs, to his two sons in Brattleboro and to Dr. Fremont Hamilton, but before any of them could reach the house the end had come. Funeral services will take place at the house tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. The body will be placed in the Guilford tomb and will be buried in the spring in the cemetery on the Smith farm.

Mr. Smith was born in Guilford July 25, 1841, one of four children of Alvah and Lucinda (Weatherhead) Smith. Ge grew to manhood on his father's farm, assisting with the farm work and attending the public schools of Guilford. At the outbreak of the civil war, he enlisted as a drummer in Company B of the 16th Vermont regiment, being mustered into service Oct. 23, 1862, and mustered out Aug. 10, 1863. He was with his regiment when it participated in the battle of Gettysburg.

Early in life Mr. Smith displayed an aptitude for mechanics and gave promise of becoming the successful businessman that he afterward was. He began the manufacture of children's carriages in a small shop which is now standing on his father's farm. For a few years after his first marriage, he lived on the Smith homestead in Weatherhead Hollow, and the bought and remodeled a house in East Guilford. In 1868 he built a shop and other buildings there and with his brother-in-law, S. H. Edwards, engaged in the manufacture of children's carriages on a more extensive scale. In 1873 S. S. Hunt entered the partnership and the concern, then known as Smith & Hunt, employed about 40 hands in Guilford until 1881 when the business was moved to this town. In 1889 the name was changed to the S. A. Smith company, and soon afterward Frank L. Hunt and Mr. Smith's two sons, Fred L., and Charles A. Smith became members of the firm, the three having previously been engaged in a similar business in Philadelphia which S. A. Smith was instrumental in establishing in 1876. After a big fire of Feb. 1, 1899, which destroyed the Frost street plant, the concern was reorganized as a stock company, and in July 1903 became a part of the National Novelty corporation, now the Hardware & Woodenware Manufacturing company. Since the consolidation, Mr. Smith had not been actively connected with the business, although he had engaged extensively in lumbering on his own account.

Mr. Smith always retained his home in Guilford, owning also the old homestead in "the Hollow" as well as the farm of the late Edson Smith. He was actively interested in Guilford's welfare and although his business duties left him little time for holding public office he had served faithfully and well in such as his townsmen could induce him to accept. He represented Guilford in the legislature of 1888, acting as chairman of the committee on finance, and in 1890 was county senator. At the time of his death, he was trustee of public money. He was a member of Sedgwick Post, G. A. R., and since 1884 had been a director of the Peoples National bank of Brattleboro. Mr. Smith's mechanical ability coupled with his sound judgment and keen foresight made him unusually successful in business. Personally he was a man of frank, outspoken disposition, but equally kind-hearted and a supporter of many good causes.

He married March 23, 1864, Ellen M. Hunt of Guilford, who died Dec. 7, 1896. They had three children, of whom Fred L. and Charles A. Smith of this town are living. There are also two grandchildren, Lyman H. Smith, a student in Worcester polytechnic institute, and Sanford A. Smith of this town. Aug. 2, 1898, Mr. Smith married Miss Lila Boyd, formerly of Dummerston, who survives.

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, Feb. 18, 1910
Courtesy of Gail Lynde