HERBERT K. SMITH Co., Inc.
611, Canal Street, New Orleans
Herbert K. Smith, for many years manager of White Bros, has resigned and organized the Herbert K. Smith Co., Inc., to handle jewelry. The company has a capital stock of $100,000 and is located at 611 Canal St. Mr. Smith made a good record with White Bros. Co., and besides his connection with that firm has other large interests. He is now acting as receiver for the Sinclair Motors Co. and some time since purchased a small farm just outside the city.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 22nd June 1921
Nelson P. Lambert, for 11 years with White Bros. Co., New Orleans, La., as head salesman, and Otto H. Ahten, platinum worker and diamond setter, who was with Wm. Frantz & Co. for 11 years and for three years with White Bros. Co., have joined the organization of Herbert K. Smith. Inc., 611 Canal St., New Orleans.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 12th October 1921
The new firm of Herbert K. Smith, Inc., 611 Canal St., has one of the most attractive jewelry establishments in New Orleans; and for a concern only a month old, has done and is doing a wonderful business. Handsome mahogany fixtures, plate glass mirrors and a thoroughly upto-date equipment in other respects attract the eye of the visitor. Arrangements are now being perfected for the erection of the handsomest display signs in the city, to cost $3,500. A long lease of the building will enable the lessees to keep abreast of the times in improvements. The second floor is to be devoted entirely to a manufacturing department, which will be one of the most elaborately fitted in the city. An elevator will eventually be installed connecting all the floors and enabling the upper floors to be utilized for the display of silver, cut glass and clocks. Associated with Mr. Smith, who has been vice-president and general manager of White Bros, for eight years, there are several other men of repute in their respective lines,prominently among whom are Nelson P. Lambert, who for 11 years was secretary of White Bros., and Otto H. Ahten, connected with William Frantz & Co. for 12 years, and three years treasurer of White Bros. H. W. Thompson, well known to the trade, and with Broadnax, of Memphis, for years, is also connected with Herbert K. Smith. Mr. Ahten, with the same firm, is an expert platinum worker and diamond setter. The firm operates on a strictly cash basis.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 30th November 1921
Herbert K. Smith, of Herbert K. Smith, Inc., and Mrs. Smith, have returned from a trip extending over a period of three weeks, during which they visited New York and many other cities in the east and west. Both have greatly enjoyed their trip.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 3rd May 1922
Herbert K. Smith, Inc., 611 Canal St., with its usual enterprise, has installed the DeForest wireless receiving set in his establishment, attached to which is a large magnavoice horn, a departure in which they are the pioneers among local jewelers. On the roof of their establishment is a six-wire aerial, covering the entire length of the building, which affords a splendid receiving capacity. Saturday last the store was crowded with people to witness the operation of this remarkable invention. Concerts from Loyola University and from other local institutions were heard and greatly enjoyed at the establishment of Herbert K. Smith, Inc.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 31st May 1922
Ralph S. Hereford, formerly secretary of H. K. Smith, Inc., in behalf of himself and his associates, composed of the other members of the old firm, has purchased the stock and good-will of Herbert K. Smith, the senior member, and with the assistance of the other members, will conduct the business as heretofore. Mr. Smith has two or three inventions relating to jewelry devices which are very highly spoken of, and which he is anxious to place upon the market at as early a day as possible. To accelerate action in the way of obtaining the necessary patent, he is going to Washington at once and give this matter his personal attention. It is for this reason that he was induced to withdraw from the firm, of which he was the head and the founder, and which is doing an excellent business. The firm name will be retained and all the old members, with the exception of Mr. Smith, will remain. Under the reorganization, Ralph S. Hereford is to be the president; H. C Weinzettel, vice-president; Nelson P. Lambert, secretary, and Otto H. Alsten, treasurer. Ralph S. Hereford is only 26 years of age. The present is the first experience he has had in the jewelry business, having previously been employed as a public accountant. In his new occupation he will look after the finances of the concern principally, the other members, who are practical jewelers, looking after the practical end of the concern. It might be mentioned, however, that for nearly a year Mr. Hereford has been the secretary of the firm, and, of course, during that time acquired a good deal of practical knowledge of its affairs. Since the reorganization of the firm, Mr. Hereford, and in fact all its members, have been congratulated upon their good luck in acquiring so valuable a piece of business property as that of Herbert K. Smith. In taking over the stock, additional capital was invested in the company.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 27th December 1922