In 1874, Thomas H. Smith married Anna Daley. They raised six children in this stately home: Maude, Sidney, Winifred, Marietta, Leathem D., and Theresa. The Smith children were well educated and the family was influential and well respected within the community.
Leathem D. Smith, was named after his father's friend and business partner, John Leathem. He earned his degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1909, after which he took interest in several of the Smith's business ventures. They were at the forefront of securing the most technically advanced machinery in their trades. Leathem D. Smith is most noted for the shipbuilding that occurred during WWII. He made his fortune building U.S. Naval vessels and revolutionized the shipping industry by inventing the first shipping containers. The Sturgeon Bay Maritime Museum has fascinating and extensive exhibits of the wartime contributions of our local shipyard. Leathem D. Smith lobbied for and was instrumental in the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway. He made a bid for U.S. senate in 1944, losing to Joe McCarthy. He also opened a country club which now bears his name, The Lodge At Leathem Smith.