A View of the Past – December 14, 2016

samuel-c-smiley-houseThis week’s view is of the home of Samuel Christy Smiley (1841-1916) which was located where the old section of St. Clare School in O’Fallon now stands on West Third Street.

A native of rural O’Fallon, Smiley was a corporal in Company I of the 117th Illinois Volunteer Infantry organized in O’Fallon during the Civil War.  After a disability discharge in 1863, he returned to O’Fallon to farm.  He moved to town in 1884 and lived in the home in the photo.  That same year he was elected the first supervisor of the newly created O’Fallon Township.  He was very active in civic affairs and was instrumental in bringing electric and, with his sons Ernest and Charles, telephone service to O’Fallon.  He also served one term, as a Republican, in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1888-90.  The house with adjoining property was bought by St. Clare’s in 1921 and torn down shortly after to make way for St. Clare School.   (Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society)

For more, stop by the O’Fallon Historical Museum, located at 101 West State Street. The Museum is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and by appointment.