Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
GALE SMITH is editor of the Washtucna
a promising and newsy little sheet published at Washtucna,
Washington. Born in Danville, Illinois, November 13, 1876, he was
the son of A. G. and Charlotte B. (Paige) Smith, the former a native of
Pennsylvania and the latter of New York. The parents lived at Danville,
where the father, being a newspaper man and printer, founded the first
daily newspaper of that city. In 1890, he removed to Bloomington,
Illinois, where he still lives, and in 1895 he retired from active business.
During his life the elder Mr. Smith has held many positions of honor and
trust, and has seen much activity in the field of politics.
Mr. Smith has one brother, Paul, who lives
at Walla Walla.
Early in his boyhood Mr. Smith learned the
printer's trade from his father. He was educated in the public schools
of McLean county, Illinois, and at the age of twenty-one completed a course
in a normal university of his state. Upon leaving school he established
the Morning Call
at Normal, Illinois, in partnership with his brother.
Later he purchased his brother's interest and afterward also purchased
the LeRoy Press.
In 1903 Mr. Smith came to Washtucna and purchased
During November, 1903, he was appointed United
States commissioner and during the same year he was appointed justice of
the peace, both of which positions he now occupies.
Gale Smith is a prominent Odd Fellow of his
town, and an untiring worker in the rank and file of the Republican party.