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6 posts
Apr 17, 2018
1:01 PM
Looking for my relatives of my unknown grandfather living in 1912 in area of Tampico-Fenton Twp or near Whiteside Co ... who had brief affair with my grandmother. All I know is that he went by the name "Earl" Smith. I did a DNA with Ancestry.com. Contact Denise at TampicoAreaHistoricalSociety@gmail.com.
1118 posts
Apr 19, 2018
11:52 AM
Actually, our email address is tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com
Mel, what was your gma's name please.

Last Edited by Denise on Apr 19, 2018 11:53 AM
7 posts
May 16, 2018
6:50 PM
Sarah "Emily" Griffin ..... the Griffin family lived in Tampico prior to 1910, then moving to Fenton ...sorry this is so late, but her name doesn't make much difference because I don't think anyone now living would know anything
1119 posts
May 24, 2018
6:31 AM
This article gives a little insight as to who Earl was: ARTICLES & LOCAL HISTORY - 1947 - Darby Bros. Purchase Smith Hardware

Sterling Gazette, Sterling, IL

Monday, June 2, 1947, p 7;8, Roll # 238 (Sterling Public Library)


Smith’s hardware store, the oldest business house in Tampico, has been sold to James and Hubert Darby. The store is closed for redecoration, rearrangement and installation of new lighting fixtures.

The opening will be in the near future. The store, to be known as Darby Brothers, will handle complete lines of modern electrical appliances and hardware.

James and Hubert, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Darby, Sr., have lived here since boyhood. James a veteran of World War I has conducted a barber shop for a number of years. He will sell this shop in order to devote full time to the new store. He has handled the Norge supplies and appliances since 1936. James, active in veteran’s affairs since 1919 has been a member of the American Legion and VFW.

Hubert, a mechanic for 16 years before serving as postmaster, will continue in the latter post. He will work in the store during his spare time. One of the first Tampico firemen. He helped unload the first fire truck purchased.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Smith moved to Tampico in 1872 when Mr. Smith purchased the hardware business. It was located on the present site. In the wooden building now used as a warehouse. After several years Mr. Smith moved the wooden building to the north, where it now stands, and erected the present brick store building.

Mr. Smith’s brother, Fred, moved to Tampico and worked as a carpenter for a time later joining his brother in the business. This partnership was dissolved in 1912.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Smith’s only son, Earle, clerked in the store following his graduation from high school and business college and later became a partner in the firm, A. Smith, and Son. Alfred Smith, active in the business until his illness, passed away in April, 1941, at the age of 93. After his father’s death, Earle continued the business until recently, when his health failed and he was forced to retire.
8 posts
May 24, 2018
4:34 PM
He is one possibility as there were other Earl/Earle Smith's in the area. My great Aunt Cora had a coffee shop in Tampico and said she knew him, but back then everything was hush-hush. If someone did DNA with an Earl/e Smith connection that would be a big help .. think by now we would be 2nd/3rd cousins. thanx

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