GEORGE B. SMITH
Holding the important office of supervisor of the Fifth District in Merced County, George B. Smith has taken a part as a leader in his section of the county and by his close attention to the wishes of his constituents has won a firm place in their regard. He was born in Warren, Warren County, Pa., on April 21, 1872, the son of Cyrus and Sarah (Spaulding) Smith, natives of New York and Pennsylvania, respectively. The Smith family came to California in 1877, the father following ranching near Galt, in Sacramento County, and later near Lodi, in San Joaquin County. George B. was educated in the public schools of Galt and in the Woodbridge Academy, after which he worked out on ranches, in time becoming a manager, which position he filled with several ranch owners. In the spring of 1890 he came down into Merced County and engaged in farming on the plains about fifteen miles south of Los Banos; then for a time he was in the liquor business in the town, selling out upon the enforcement of the prohibition proclamation issued by President Wilson.
George B. Smith was united in marriage with Bertha Nelms, a native of Tennessee, and they have two children ; Earl B. and Mrs. Georgia M. Powers. Mr. Smith was elected a member of the board of trustees of Los Banos and for eight years, from 1914 to 1922, served as chairman of the board. It was during his administration that the city voted a bond issue for $150,000 for municipal improvements and the old water works were purchased from Miller and Lux, greatly enlarged and extended to every part of the city ; also nearly all of the street improvements were installed and other civic projects were carried out. Mr. Smith has always favored public improvements for town and county and in the fall of 1922 he was elected, on the Democratic ticket, to membership on the board of supervisors; and as such he is filling the responsible office to the best of his ability and giving the people of the entire county the best there is in him, he stands high in the esteem of all who know him.
History of Merced County California With a
Biographical Review OF The Leading Men and Woman of the County Who Have Been
Identified with Its Growth and Development from Early Days to the Present
Author: John Outcalt (1925)
George B. Smith, page 773
Contributed by: Carol Lackey