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C. Smith's Jewelry Store
In a fascinating little book called "Gainesville Florida in Pictures & Prose," published in 1925 to promote the city, there is an entry for Mr. Lewis C. Smith who posed in front of his jewelry story in this photograph taken in the 1890s or early 1900s. Mr. Smith came to Alachua County in 1890 from Kentucky and died in 1951 at the age of 83. Here is a bit from the book: "…Mr. Smith is located on the South Side of Court[house] Square where he has a well stocked jewelry store and shoe store and at the rear of the building he has a well equipped job printing establishment…[He] is without doubt one of the best known men in the retail circles of the city. In the jewelry department he carries a full line of both high and medium grades of jewelry, jewelry novelties, silverware, cut-glass, etc., also does watch, clock and jewelry repairing in an efficient manner. The shoes department is also complete in every detail, the stock to be found here being one of the best selected and highest grade to be found in the city. Shoes for every member of the family may be had here and he also carries a liberal line of hosiery. The printing department, which is operated under the style of L. C. Smith's Print Shop, is equipped with modern presses and an ample supply of new type faces and is under the personal supervision of a man of wide experience in the printing business. They are prepared to handle commercial work of almost every description and at prices as low as can be had anywhere in Florida." Mr. Smith apparently was very versatile and a hard worker.
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