Charles Smith was born in Londonderry on November 22, 1832 to parents, Samuel and Sophia Smith. He married his first wife, Mary Brown of Colebrook in 1859; she was born in England and died of unknown causes in August of 1866. Smith then married again in 1869, this time to Sarah Goodwin of Hartland, ME. The newly married couple had 8 children together, born between 1870 and 1881, one of which died in infancy. In November of 1870, Smith purchased the store of James Nichols in West Windham, and then moved from Londonderry to Windham in April of 1871. His store likely sold almost anything the average Windham resident may have needed, including wood. The wood, likely from a local sawmill, could have been produced to any size desired by a customer. As seen below, a John Dudley purchased 7 cords of 7.5 foot long birch wood. Smith served as a town selectman from 1880 until 1883. He was also involved in the building of Union Hall, buying several shares in the hall to support it's construction.
Derek Saffie is an avid Windham historian who enjoys researching and sharing his collection with all those interested in the history of the New England town.