SMITH, Hubert S., M.D., Orleans, then Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
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Louisiana:  Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and
Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), pp. 401-402.  Edited by Alc?e
Fortier, Lit.D.  Published in 1914, by Century Historical Association.

Smith, Hubert Sidney, M. D., of Thibodaux, parish of Lafourche, was born Nov.
10, 1864, at New Orleans; the son of George Smith, native of Wexford, Ireland,
who came to New Orleans in his youth in search of a means of livelihood, and
rose, from modest beginnings to prominence in business.  The Smiths of Wexford
are an old and honorable family, related by marriage to the O'Donovans and
others who can trace their lineage back to the earliest days of Irish
nobility.  Mrs. O'Donovan, mother of Mary O'Hea, wife of Augustus Smith (the
father of Hubert Sidney Smith), was a descendant of the ancient 
family of
Irish chieftains whose ancestor was Eber Finn, eldest son of Miledh of Spain,
kin to Gaelic and Norman French families, and the warlike clans of Erin. 
George Smith, born at Wexford, March 26, 1830, ran away from home in his
boyhood, and embarked on a ship bound for New Orleans.  Soon after landing,
the resolute youth obtained employment as a yard clerk in a cotton press,
working by day and at night attending Blackmar 's night school.  From one
position to another he steadily advanced until he became part owner of the
Commercial press, one of the most important in New Orleans.  From his marriage
with Miss Josephine Catherine Busquet, (born in New Orleans Jan. 2, 1835; died
at Thibodaux), 5 children were born:  Hubert Sidney, at present located in
Thibodaux, and prominent as a medical practitioner;  Marie Josephine, who
became Mrs. James Washington Blount of Pensacola, Fla.;  Walter Joseph Smith,
who married Miss Mary Amelia Hall, and died leaving 3 children.  Two members
of George Smith's family died in infancy.  His death occurred at his summer
home in Biloxi, Miss., May 9, 1908.  Dr. Hubert Sidney Smith was educated at
the Jesuit's college, New Orleans, and at Spring Hill college, near Mobile,
Ala., graduating from the latter institution in 1884.  After engaging in the
cotton and sugar business, he began the study of
 medicine at Tulane
university, but had to abandon his classes on account of impaired eyesight. 
He was one of the bounty clerks in the employ of the United States government,
and was next a sugar chemist for the American Sugar Refining Co., until 1895,
when he again entered the medical department of Tulane, graduating as M. D. in
1898.  Dr. Smith had charge of one of the wards of the Charity hospital, and
of an outdoor clinic.  During the yellow fever epidemic in 1898, he was with
the United States Marine hospital service, and given charge of the Louisville
& Nashville R. R. 's freight depot.  In 1900, the doctor went to Thibodaux,
where he has been practicing his profession to the present time.  For 2 years
he was secretary of the Lafourche parish Medical association; and in 1905 had
charge of the yellow fever situation at Lafourche Crossing.  Before frost came
he had succeeded in stamping out the disease.  Dr. Smith is a member of the
Lafourche parish and State Medical societies, and of the Knights of Columbus. 
At this writing he is health officer of the town of Thibodaux.  A careful
student of hygiene, he has recently designed a modification of the Stiles
system, and perfected a fly-proof sanitary closet, which has been approved by
the state board of health.  In April, 1908 occurred the marriage of Dr. Smith
and Miss Effie Mary Munson, a daughter of Alonzo Randolph Munson, of
Assumption parish, La.  From their union 1 daughter, Alice Ann Smith, was
born.

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