She was an old woman who had apparently spent some years at the House after living in Detroit. She describes how the institution improved under the watch of Edgar Howard and his wife, who took their positions in 1866, and specifically the matron, Mrs. Howard, saying that "one good manager is worth a dozen mere workers."
Unfortunately, there aren't many specifics here and the surname Smith is as common as hayseeds. But it's a lead and that's more than I knew an hour ago.
|The Detroit Free Press, October 21, 1870|