Not my line, just sharing. A Biographical Sketch from the Book "COUNTIES of WHITE and PULASKI, INDIANA" "HISTORICAL and BIOGRAPHICAL". Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. BATTEY & CO., Publishers. 1883. page 242, City of Monticello, White County, Indiana.
"JACOB C. SMITH, editor and proprietor of THE NATIONAL, was born in LaFayette, Indiana, January 28, 1845. At an early day, his parents moved from Ohio to Tippecanoe County, Indiana, where his father still resides, and where his mother died when he was but a mere lad. On the breaking-out of the war, although very young, he joined the Tenth Indiana Regiment as drummer boy, remaining as such until the consolidation of his company, when he was discharged. In 1864, he again enlisted, this time as private in Company C, Sixty-Ninth Indiana Volunteers, and participated in several hard fought engagements, the last being the battle of Mobile, Alabama. On his return, he entered the office of the COURIER, at LaFayette, as "devil", remaining there until 1869, when he located in Monticello. For five years, he filled the position of foreman on the Monticello HERALD, and in 1873 married MISS EUPHEMIA BLACK. In 1875, he accepted the position of local editor of the CONSTITUTIONALIST, a Democratic newspaper published in Monticello by J. W. McEWEN. MR. SMITH retained this position until the paper was sold to other parties. In 1878, he founded THE NATIONAL at Monticello, and by his energy and ability, has made it one of the best advocates of the National party in Indiana. THE NATIONAL is a six-column folio, and will soon enter its sixth year of existence. It is a bright, newsy paper, enjoys a liberal advertising patronage, is on a solid foundation financially, and is cheap at $1.50 per year."