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GEORGE KENNEDY: Nearly 150 years later, its time to honor an important part of American history

Thursday, May 31, 2012 | 5:53 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — You probably know that the original name of Columbia was Smithton. The Smith whose name was borrowed by the little group of entrepreneurs who platted the village in 1820 was Thomas A. Smith, my mother’s great-grandfather.

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