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Hiram Smith arrived in this town in 1837 with a stock of merchandise, which was the stock in trade of the firm of Smith & Lewis. The firm existed and did a successful business for many years. The firm were also engaged in milling. Mr. Smith was a man of intelligence, and of fixed and determined principles. Politically he was radical in his views and dogmatic in their defense. With political trimmers he had no patience, and gave no quarter. He had served the town faithfully in the discharge of the duties of most of its offices, been the postmaster, and had represented his district in 1841-2 in the legislature. He died May 4th, 1874. Arba Lewis was born in Derby, Conn., 1799. The family, while Arba was a youth, moved into Cayuga county, thence into Wayne county, N. Y. In the latter county Mr. Lewis married and embarked in merchandise. In 1837 he came to Homer and embarked in business with Mr. Hiram Smith, with whom he sold goods and built mills, etc. Mr. Lewis is a refined and cultivated Christian gentleman. In his old age he is very feeble and decrepit, but enjoys meeting with old friends and talking over with them the stirring times and incidents of their early settlement in the town. The first Sunday-school organized in Homer held their meetings over the store of Smith & Lewis. Both of these gentlemen entered into this enterprise with zeal and perseverance. Mr. Smith was especially useful in conducting the singing.

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