On his father's donation claim, eight miles southeast of Albany, Smith Cox was born February 2, 1859, and was there reared to a practical agricultural life. Although his family was comparatively poor, and the children were obliged to work hard, he managed to secure a fair education in the district school, which he attended at irregular intervals, and mostly during the winter season. In 1888, at the age of twenty-nine, he left the home farm and moved upon his present claim, which consists of one hundred and sixty acres, all but twenty of which are under cultivation. Seventy acres of this land is in the bottoms and is unusually fertile, well adapted to wheat and general grain-raising, of which the owner makes a specialty. Mr. Cox owns one hundred and sixty acres of timber land in Douglas county.
Two years after starting out to farm on his own responsibility, Mr. Cox tired of keeping bachelor quarters, and married, March 5, 1890, Annie Archibald, a native daughter of Linn county, who is the mother of two interesting children, Roya and Edna. Mr. Cox is a Democrat in political affiliation, and though not an office seeker, has served both as school director and road supervisor. Fraternally he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. Thrifty, and with great capacity for industry, Mr. Cox well deserves the reputation of being one of the worthy and successful farmers of Linn county.
"Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley"