There isn’t much about C F Smith in official records. There are only two city directory listings, 1908 and 1909, in Sterling, IL, where he lived all his life, but he is in newspaper items from the Sterling Standard and the Sterling Gazette that show him as a photographer from 1889 through 1895.
He is in the US Census of 1880 and 1900 as photographer. The 1910 US Census shows his second wife as widowed and his last child born in 1908.
Charles Frank Smith
(May 1857 - 1909)
born in Iowa
(US Census) as photographer in Sterling, IL
1889 Dec 14
newspaper item show he moved his studio building to the East part of town
1889 - 1895
newspaper items show him as photographer in Sterling, IL
1895 Dec 19
(Newspaper) as photographer; obit for wife Lyda/Lida
1898 Jul 29
married to 2nd wife Genevieve Pearl
US Census - as photographer at 608 4th av
birth of son Franklin
city directory shows wife Genevieve as widowed
US Census shows wife Genevieve as widowed
This cabinet card could have been done anywhere from about 1880 to 1900
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