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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Happy Birthday C.A.

Sunday, April 14, 1867

On this date in history, Rock Springs Park owner, Charles (C.A.) Smith, was born in Wellsville, Ohio, where he began his climb from gas company waterboy to one of the Ohio Valley's wealthiest men. He was a noted transit company owner, pottery manufacturer, oil operator and gentleman farmer.

His obituary (below), which appeared in the Youngstown Vindicator on October 14, 1953, lists even more accomplishments. Smith’s death occurred almost three years to the day after he sold Rock Springs Park to Bob and Virginia Hand for $70,000 on October 7, 1950. (Click on image to enlarge.)

I Love this story about Smith told by Roy Cashdollar, "Mr. Smith was stopped by a State trooper on his way to New Cumberland, and Mr. Smith liked to travel fast as he was always in a hurry. He told the officer to make two citations as he would soon be coming back and traveling just as fast."

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