B. Howard Smith was born near Vienna, Scott County,
Ohio, February 5, 1848. The family removed in 1861 to Seymour,
Ind., and four years later again, locating on a farm in Hamilton
County, Ohio, near Cincinnati. Mr. Smith received a common
school education in the schools of the three towns mentioned. He
removed later to Miami, O., where he was married to Miss Mary E.
In 1873 Mr. Smith left Miami for Indianapolis, Ind.,
where he went into the baking business three years later. After
fourteen years' residence in Indianapolis, he came West, starting a
cracker and sweet goods factory in Springfield, Mo. The factory
was the most complete of any among the interior cities of the State,
but burned down a trifle over a year after it was started with
complete loss. Mr. Smith then came to Kansas City. He went
into the baking business at Ninth and Oak Streets, where he remained
five years. His growing business necessitated more room after
that time, so he was compelled to seek larger quarters. He
removed to 911 East Twelfth Street. There he remained for five
years more, when lack of space again caused him to find a new
location. His business was moved 306-08-10 East Sixteenth, where
it has since been. The bakery is much the largest in the city,
and is continuously growing.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith had five children, Walter
L., Earl H., Lillian M., Harry E. and Rice B.