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Remembering Edward Smith


XENIA — Between 1898 and 1913, Edward M. Smith was the Chief of Police in Xenia. He first worked in the foundry, then began his police career in 1885, for which he received a salary of $80 per month and provided his own uniform. To supplement the family income, Mrs. Smith was paid 15 cents per day to prepare meals for the prisoners. He became interested in forensic science and used his ability to catch several thieves. When offered a job with the Pinkerton Detective Agency, he refused since the job would require travel, keeping him away from his family.