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Smither family papers, 1804-1961

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Smither family papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Arrangement is chronological.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Smither family papers, 1804-1961, 1M65M148, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


.4 cubic ft.


George W. Smither was the owner of Pond Branch Landing on the Kentucky River. His son, Otto Smither, was a member of the Owen County, Kentucky Board of Education (1926-1940) and was elected to the Kentucky State legislature (1940-1942). The family lived in Monterey, Owen County, Kentucky.

Scope and Content

These are the papers of the Smither family of Owen County, Kentucky. Included are correspondence, banking records, bills of sale and other financial records concerning the Pond Branch Landing on the Kentucky River owned by the Smithers. Also included is a typescript interview with state representative, Otto Smither and correspondence with Albert B. "Happy" Chandler, Keen Johnson, and Harry Lee Waterfield. In the interview, Otto Smither claims a special liking for Chandler who had a road constructed from Monterey, Kentucky to Gratz, Kentucky, two towns in Smither's district.


  • Chandler, Happy, 1898-
  • Johnson, Keen, 1896-
  • Smither, George W.
  • Smither, Otto, 1883-
  • Waterfield, Harry Lee, 1911-
  • Business records--Kentucky.
  • Kentucky River.
  • Politicians.
  • Gratz (Ky.)
  • Kentucky--Politics and government--1865-1950.
  • Monterey (Ky.)
  • Owen County (Ky.)
  • Pond Branch Landing (Ky.)
  • Interviews

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