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J. Allen Smith and Company Day Book

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0611
This collection is an account book from April-June 1888 for J. Allen Smith and Company in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Dates

  • 1888 April-June

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Abstract

This collection is an account book from April-June 1888 for J. Allen Smith and Company in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

J. Allen Smith was born in Elberton, Georgia in 1850 to Burgess and Harriet Wills Jordan Smith. In 1873, after attending Eastman Business College in Atlanta, Georgia, he moved to Knoxville, Tenn. and established J. Allen Smith Wholesale Grain Company. In 1881, he added a mill to his company. A year later, he started Knoxville City Mills with four other partners. In 1888, Smith merged Knoxville City Mills with his original company to establish J. Allen Smith & Company. A manufacturer of flour and cornmeal, the most popular product produced by the company was White Lily flour. By 1905, J. Allen Smith & Co. was one of the largest mills in the South. Smith ran the mill and oversaw the company until his death in 1920.

Smith was very active in the Knoxville business community as well as contributor to many local charities. He married Lillie Powell in 1878; they only had one son to survive into adulthood, C. Powell Smith, who succeeded his father as president of J. Allen Smith and Company.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480