William M. Smith
1860-1952
"FOLKSTON'S FAMOUS FISHERMAN CELEBRATES HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY"

Extract from Local Paper in 1950


William Smith, known to his score of friends as
Uncle Bill, celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday,
January 13th, and in spite of his advance age he retains all his faculties and is still spry and in
reasonable good heath.  Mr. Smith is widely know as an expert fisherman, having devoted much of his
time during the later years of his life to that tranquil pursuit.  He always brings home a nice catch.

Born in Pierce County in the year 1860, Mr. Smith moved with his mother in 1865 to Calico Hill, just across
the St. Mary's River, at the present site of Crystal Springs.  He grew up there in the days before the
coming of the Railroad, when large schooners made monthly trips from New York, bringing the mail and
merchandise, and carrying away cargoes of naval stores and lumber.  Mr. Smith vividly recalls seeing the
first train operated over the newly constructed railroad from Waycross to Jacksonville during the
second week in June of the year 1881.  He helped build the original bridge across the St. Mary's in the
year 1879.

A resident of Folkston since 1906, Mr. Smith is one of its oldest citizens, not only in years but as a
resident of the city.  His mind is still clear and alert, and he recalls many interesting incidents of the early
days of this area.  He says he has often hunted deer and other game on the present site of Folkston, long
before there was any building nearer than old Centerville.




Note; William M. Smith is the son of Archie Smith and Mary Ann Hatcher




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