Earl Delaney Smith Memorial Nature Trail

Park Board members Tanner Smith (L) and Barry Wright (R) join Acting Mayor Paula Smith at one of the future trailheads of the future Earl Delaney Smith Memorial Nature Trail.

Park Board members Tanner Smith (L) and Barry Wright (R) join Acting Mayor Paula Smith at one of the future trailheads of the future Earl Delaney Smith Memorial Nature Trail.

Few names are as inspirational to Daffodilians than that of Earl Delaney Smith (1905-1965?).

Growing up, Earl reached out to others to make connections. He knew that as strong as we are as individuals, collectively we are even stronger. The ancient feud between the two towns stood in the way of progress for either community. When the Great Depression struck, Earl know there was no better time to stand united: “Strength in our numbers,” he always said. “We’ve got to be connected.” With that philosophy and his winning smile, Earl reached out to both communities and was instrumental in uniting Smithville and Wright Station into our lovely Daffodil Township.

Earl Delaney Smith served as Daffodil Township’s first mayor from 1930 until his mysterious disappearance on his birthday, April 22, 1965.

When completed, the Earl Delaney Smith Memorial Nature Trail will connect all parks in Daffodil Township. Such connection is a fitting tribute to the philosophy and actions of   Earl Delaney Smith.

Completion Schedule: Phase 1 of the trail will connect Daffodil Township Park with Wright Station Historic Depot & Gardens. Completion of this first leg of the trail is scheduled for July 2014. Since the majority of labor is volunteer, if Township residents want to donate time, please contact a Park Board member.

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