Alfred P. Smartt was the son of Dr. John & Essie Pyles Smartt. He was born in Dallas, Texas, January 10, 1867, and came to Bentonville with his father’s family in 1871. His father became a prominent physician and businessman, serving also at some time as president of what was then the People’s Bank.
On reaching majority, Mr. Smartt engaged in the pharmacy business in Bentonville. Disposing of this, he opened a general merchandise store in Maysville, a flourishing border town at that time that was also wild and woolly. On Dec 22, 1891, he married Miss Jennie Blackburn Berry, daughter of the later Senator James H. Berry. The wedding took place at the Berry home on West 12th St (which is now West Central Avenue.) Mr. Charlton, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, performed the ceremony.
Selling out his business in Maysville, he returned to Bentonville and bought the Terry Dry Goods Company and a few years later the Jackson Dry Goods Company. Disposing of these, he became manager of Campbell-Bell Dry Goods Company in Fayetteville.
Owing to continued ill health, he was forced to retire from business and moved to El Paso, Texas, where he seemed to improve in health for a while. He passed away July 18, 1930, in Dallas, Texas. He is buried in the Bentonville Cemetery.