Few people today have heard of C.E. Smith, yet many in Vernon see the buildings he built nearly every day.
Clarence Eben Smith was born in Vernon Center, the grandson of one of the founders of Vernon & Vernon Center. He grew up on the hill on Norton Road, just beyond the Sconondoa Creek. He and his brother were noted singers, and both were members of the Vernon Center Presbyterian Church Choir.
Here are some of the buildings constructed by C.E. Smith:
The Maple Park Gazebo in Vernon Center
When the Gazebo was being refurbished in the 1980s, Smith’s name, date and pay rate were found written underneath one of the floorboards. Built by C.E. Smith. $100. 1901.
Dibble’s Inn, formerly The Cushman House
Vernon Public Library, formerly the Case carriage house
Vernon Center Presbyterian Church Steeple
Smith’s name is inscribed on one of the slate tiles. He likely either assisted with a repair.
Also Built by Smith
Smith also built
- A house on Seneca Street in Oneida Castle – twice. It burned down days before it was finished the first time.
- Several houses on Van Epps Street.
- The house on the north west corner of S Sconondoa and Peterboro Street.