From Iowa Official Register 1909-1910
PARDON A. SMITH,
Member of the Board of Parole, was born in Ogle county, Illinois,
September 1, 1840. His father, Pardon Smith, was born in the State of New
York and his mother, Jane Smith, in the same state. In 1856 he came to Iowa
with his parents where they settled on a farm in Clinton county. He attended
the common schools during the winter months and worked by the month on a
farm during the summer.
July 12, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company "A", Eighth Iowa
Volunteer Infantry, and was with that command for more than three years. At
the battle of Old River, Louisiana, May 16, 1864, he was severely wounded in
the head and still carries an ounce of minnie ball in his neck, received in
that engagement. In 1865 he married Roxie L. Alger, who died November 6,
1892, and September 4, 1894 he married Mrs. Alice M. Dreher. He has always
been a Republican in politics. He has filled all of the township offices and
served nineteen years as Justice of the Peace. In 1896 and again in 1898 he
was elected to represent Greene county in the House of Representatives in
the Twenty-sixth, Twenty-sixth extra and Twenty-seventh General Assemblies.
He followed farming until February, 1884, since which time he has been
editor and proprietor of the Scranton Journal. His term as a member of the
Board of Parole will expire July 1, 1913.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Iowa History Project