This article was taken from an issue of the Waldron Reporter dated Sept. 17, 1903.
No one is missed from the streets of Waldron more than is Doctor Smith. Strange to say this grand old man is gone from
us forever. For more than forty five years he has been a leading character of Scott County.Though passed ninety years
of age he was, up to a few months ago, a familiar figure upon the streets of Waldron with his courtly smile, pleasant
face, fine form, friendly grip of the hand, and good wishes for everybody. Physically he was almost a perfect man,
being over six feet tall, large frame with strong expressive features, flowing white hair and weighing more than two
James Harris Smith was born in Wilson County, Tenn. June 17, 1813; he was the eldest of eight children and brought up
to farm life.
The doctor about 1841, began the study of medicine in Alabama, attending during 1845-46 the Louisville Medical Institute
of Kentucky, after which he at once entered upon his practice in Alabama, where he continued until 1856 when he
removed to Scott County, Arkansas and settled five miles west of Waldron, and with the exception of from 1863 to 1867
resided there until 1881, since which time he was resident of Waldron.
He was quite well to do and besides owning some valuable town property, had over 500 acres of land.
From 1860 to 1862, he was County and Probate Judge of Scott County, and in 1876 was elected to the State Legislature.
He was a charter member of Waldron Lodge No. 132 of the A.F. & A.M. and he and his family are members in good standing
of the Missionary Baptist Church.
Dr. Smith was one of the oldest and most universally known and highly respected citizens and physicians in Western
Arkansas. He was universally loved.
The doctor's funeral was conducted by Revs. L.F. Patterson, J.W. Hulsey and J.W. Richardson. He was laid to rest in
Smith graveyard five miles west of Waldron, to await the sound of the trumpet on resurrection morn.
A sincere salute to a person who served his fellowmen! Happy Birthday U.S.A.
19 February 1976
The Scott County Bicentennial Committee Salutes:
Dr. James H. Smith
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