John William Smith, known as Buckskin, was born in Scotland. In 1860 he was living in Carluke and had moved by 1873 to Oneida Township.
Part of the present day Smith farm, 138 acres as Parcel 2 and part of Parcel 3 Ardross Block, Oneida Township, was purchased in 1903 by John Wm Smith's son John James Smith for $4500 from Jacob Anguish.
In 1910 John James Smith's son John William Younger Smith, known as JWY now married to Nettie Bundy, bought 28 acres part of Lot 39 River Range for $900. In 1918 the original 138 acres of the Ardross Block parcel was then added to JWY Smith's 28 acres.
By 1958 the farm was run by JWY Smith's son, Kenneth Nelson Smith, now married to Muriel Hannah. Their son Kenneth Bruce Smith farmed along with them, and Bruce and Linda's son Jeffrey Bruce Smith now farms and currently lives on the original Ardross Block, River Range farm making it a 5th generation to reside on this property. Jeff and Becky's children, Jack and Gracie are the 6th generation children to play there. Although many years of farming on this farm was run as a Holstein dairy farm, Jeff and Becky now milk goats.
Horses have always been a part of the Smith farm, especially Percheron horses. Ken and Bruce attended many horse pulls at the fairs and since the mid 70's have shown in the line and hitch classes. Jeff and his son Jack are carrying on the trend as they are showing in the hitch classes again this year.
Submitted by Linda Smith. Bruce, Linda and Jeff Smith are all current members of the Caledonia Fair. Bruce was president of the Fair in 1989-90.