A native son of the Golden State, H. Boyd Smith, justice of the peace at Dos Palos, is justifying the confidence reposed in him by his fellow townsmen. He was born at Elsinore, Riverside County, .on July 21, 1893, the son of E. B. and Martha B. (Cotton) Smith, natives of Illinois and Iowa, respectively, and both now living. E. B. Smith came to California some thirty-five years ago and was a fore­man in the coal mine in Riverside County; and he later became a rancher of that county. Coming to Dos Palos about eighteen years ago, he engaged in the dairy business, and, meeting with deserved suc­cess, he is now living retired. Mrs. Smith was a descendant of the Cotton family whose progenitor came from England on the May­flower. Mr. Smith was twice married and by the first union there are two children, H. M., of Dos Palos, and Mrs. William Codd, of Riverside. Of the second union there are Mrs. V. E. Reynolds, of Manteca; Mrs. H. B. Lucas, of Dos Palos; Mrs. B. Buckham, of Lemoore; and H. Boyd, our subject.

H. Boyd Smith was educated in the schools in Riverside County and Dos Palos and he was a clerk in a general store for some time. Later he engaged in the real estate business in Dos Palos; and he is also handling insurance, representing the Western States Life Insur­ance Company at Dos Palos and is meeting with success.

Mr. Smith married Oramae Shain, a native of Nebraska, and they have a daughter, Geraldine. Fraternally, Mr. Smith belongs to Santa Rita Lodge No. 124, I. 0. 0. F. at Dos Palos, and to Merced Lodge No. 1-240, B. P. 0. Elks in Merced. In 1922 Mr. Smith be­came a candidate for the office of justice of the peace for Dos Palos, was elected at the general election that fall and took his office on January 1, 1923, since which time he has ably filled the requirements of the office. He is secretary of the Dos Palos Chamber of Commerce.


 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) 

H. Boyd Smith, page: 744


Contributed by: Carol Lackey