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Frederick E. Smith

Frederick E. Smith was born in Baden, Germany in March of 1835, and emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 20, in 1855, eventually settling in Calumet, Michigan. He married a woman named Rebecca in 1870, and together they had eight children (three of which failed to survive them). He served as an agent for the Allouez mine and later for the Mohawk and Wolverine mines in the Copper Country of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, and was a mine superintendant in 1900 and in 1910 (at the Wolverine mine), at the age of 75. By 1920 he finally considered himself "retired." His personal mineral collection was donated to the Michigan College of Mining (today the Michigan Technological University), and is still housed in its original custom-built birds-eye-maple cabinet. Included is a Durham, England fluorite obtained from Lazard Cahn. Some of Smith's collection was shown at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.

WILSON, W.E., and DYL, S.J. II (1992) The Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton. Mineralogical Record, 23 (2), 73-76.
U.S. Federal census, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920.
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