THE DESCENDANTS OF ABRAHAM HILTERBRAND

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Marjorie Fletcher     Page Update: November 2011

 Abraham Hilterbrand 1

 Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2

 Laura Catherine Smith 3

 Orange Otto Smith 4

ABRAHAM HILTERBRAND 1 AND NANCY MARTIN

    Abraham Hilterbrand was born in the year 1820 in Ohio; died 1882 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Old Houston Cemetery, possibly a son of John Hilterbrand although I have no proof. He married in 1844/1845 in Union, Now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri, Nancy Martin born 1825/1826 in Warren County, Tennessee; died 1888 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Houston, Texas County Missouri, Old Houston Cemetery, daughter of James Martin and Elender Yocum. Abraham was well fixed for the times. His parents and three brothers, Dan, Bill and John left Ohio and settled near McMinnville, Tennessee. Abraham's father died in Tennessee, place unknown. The mother joined the Martin and Johnson families who were going to Missouri. They traveled by wagons pulled by oxen. The families settled in the Union Church community in Southeast Texas County near Cabool. Abraham and Nancy (Martin) Hilterbrand made their home near Prescott, Missouri, later at Oak Hill and finally a homestead on Piney River. I have not been able to find a marriage record for them. (Source: Texas County, Missouri Heritage, Volume 1 and II, 977.884 D3t, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Children of Abraham Hilterbrand and Nancy Martin

1. Samuel M. Hilterbrand 2 (Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 2 June 1846 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; died 18 April 1927 in Ellsinore, Carter County, Missouri.; married America Angelina Upton. Children: Thomas Jefferson, born 10 January 1873 Texas CO., MO, died 6 May 1970 in Ellsinore, MO, buried in Henson Cemetery, Ellsinore, MO, married (1) Sarah C. Linge (2) Bessie Hayes; William O. born 7 May 1875 in Texas Co., MO; Oscar Charles born 29 July 1882 in Texas Co., MO; Martin Luther born 10 October 1885 in Texas Co., MO; Lizzie Jane born 29 January 1888 in Texas Co., MO; Jessie Bell born 6 April 1891.

2. John Hilterbrand 2 (Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 30 September 1848 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; died 1920 in Union, Texas County, Missouri; married Mary E. Miller. Children: William H. born September 1881 in AR; married 1 January 1905 in Texas Co., MO, Celia Coyle of Venable, Texas Co., MO; Anna B. born February 1885 in AR; Callie M. born April 1887 in AR; married 12 May1907 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, J. A. Rhea; Sam W. born April 1889 in AR; Elizabeth born 17 August 1891 in AR; died 29 December 1969, married 3 March 1915 Frank Jackson, Jr; Ella born November 1893 in AR; George W. born December 1895 in AR; Charles born December 1897 in MO.

3. Alexander Hilterbrand 2 (Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 1850 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri. No further information.

4. Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2 (Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 9 January 1853 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; died 14 December 1929 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Pinelawn Cemetery. She married William Arthur Smith.

5. James H. Hilterbrand 2 (Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 1856 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; died young in Houston, Texas County, Missouri.

6. Mahalia C. Hilterbrand 2 (Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born November 1857 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Houston Cemetery; married Lewis Beers. Children: Raymond; Glen

7. Jefferson Davis Hilterbrand 2 (Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 22 November 1862 in Arthur's Creek, Texas County, Missouri; died 21 March 1947 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried 23 March 1947 in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Pinelawn Cemetery; married Clarissa Belle Watson. Jefferson Davis Hilterbrand was born in the Arthur's Creek community and was the 7th child of Abraham and Nancy Hilterbrand. Later his family lived on the John Bell farm on Piney River, north of Houston. Jeff married on Christmas Day 1885, Belle Watson. They lived in Houston and operated a hotel for a time before moving around 1890 to the 100 acre farm 1 1/2 miles northwest of Houston purchased for $400. with payments of $15. "when convenient"  from Bill Duke, operator of the livery stable. Jeff carried the mail on horseback between Houston and Cabool in the early years. "Uncle Jeff" was a deacon of the Houston Baptist Church, a member of the Masonic Lodge for 49 years and an officer for 47 years. The name, Hilterbrand, was changed from Hildebrand during the Civil War to disassociate the family from the infamous bushwhacker, Sam Hildebrand of St. Francois County, Missouri (Marj. says: I did find in the 1850 census, Texas Co., Missouri that Abraham and  brother, Dan spelled their name, Hilterbrand at that time and before the Civil War). Clarissa Belle Watson was the 16th daughter of Lewis and Clarissa (Ferguson) Watson. She was born in Clark County, Indiana. Her parents died when she was 8 years old and she was raised by her sister's family, Bulford and Eliza Jane (Watson) Keeney. Children:  Johnny Virgil born 8 December 1887 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, died 20 September 1985; married Nina Lee McGhee; Otto Samuel born 19 September 1888 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, died 21 June 1973, married Ola Blankenship; Earl Everett born 15 April 1890 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, died 23 September 1971 in Texas Co., MO, married Clarissa V. Roberts; Roy born 14 January 1892 in Houston, Texas Co., MO; died 22 June1953 in Texas Co., MO, married Mary Holder; Ralph Edward born 13 August 1894 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, died 4 September 1962, married Ruby Dickey; Guy Jefferson born 14 April 1896 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, died 15 September 1967 in Boise, Ada Co., ID, buried 18 September 1967 in Meridian, Ada Co., ID, Meridian Cemetery, married Ivy Mary Littlewood; Jess Watson born 14 January 1898 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, died 24 July 1970 in Springfield, Green Co., MO, buried 27 July 1970 in Piney Twp., Texas Co., MO, Pinelawn Cemetery, married (1) Lavina Wilson (2) Illamae Claxton; Andrew Winifred born 9 September 1900 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, died 15 August 1963 in Texas Co., MO, buried in Piney Twp. Texas Co., MO, Pinelawn Cemetery, married Vernal Babcock born 1902 (they had no children); Jack Paul born 11 September 1903 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, died July 1987 in Springfield, Green Co., MO, married Helen Little; Goldie Mae born 25 September 1905 in Houston, Texas Co., MO; married (1) Paul Garwitz (2) Lee Lachmund.

8. Laura Bell Hilterbrand 2 (Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born November 1871 in Oak Hill, near Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died in Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana; married in 1896 Osgood Harvey Gilman born 16 November 1861 in Thornton Twp. Grafton Co., New Hampshire, son of Isaac Henry Gilman and Ella M. (Page) Gilman.. Laura Bell lived a lifetime in Bozeman, Montana and with her husband, operated a cattle ranch. The date of Belle's birthday was taken from the 1900 census of Madison Co., Montana Child: Virgle D. Gilman born October 1896 in Jefferson, Madison Co., Montana. Virgle was born near the Big Hole River, Beaverhead, Montana.

GENERATION 2

MARY JANE HILTERBRAND 2 AND WILLIAM ARTHUR SMITH

William A. and Mary Jane

L-R: Otto, Laura Smith holding Bill, William A., Mary Jane Smith

Mary Jane (Hilterbrand) Smith

    Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2 (Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 9 January 1853 in Union now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; died 14 December 1929 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, William Arthur Smith born 22 November 1849 in Van Buren County., Tennessee; died 27 January 1925 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Pinelawn Cemetery, son of Joel B. Smith, Jr. and Elizabeth (Betsey) Paine, Smith. (I have not been able to find any information on the Paine's). William Smith and Mary Jane Smith resided in the Arthur's Creek Community, Lynch Twp., Texas County, Missouri. He was a farmer-disabled-could not do heavy work.

Children of Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2 and William Arthur Smith

1. Nancy Elizabeth (Lizzy) Smith 3 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 5 December 1875 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 23 September 1949 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; married James R. King. Children: Myrtle E. born 1895 in MO; Pearl born 1897 in MO; Alpha L born 1898 in MO; Bessie M. born 1900 in MO; Hyrum W. born 1902 in MO; Wayne F. born 1905 in MO; Edith A. born 1907 in MO; Eunice A. born 1908 in MO.

2. James G. Smith 3 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 18 April 1877 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 2 July 1941.l

3. William A. Smith 3 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 1878 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri. William may have died young.

4. Laura Catherine Smith 3 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2 Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 6 March 1881 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 14 September 1971 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California; buried in Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California, Oakwood Memorial Park. She married Sidney Otto Smith.

5. Elizabeth B. Smith 3 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 23 July 1884 in Lynch Twp, Texas County, Missouri; died 1961 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Pinelawn Cemetery; married John M. Farley. Children: Leland born 1904 in Texas Co., MO, died 16 September 1980 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, buried in Piney Twp., Texas Co., MO, Pinelawn Cemetery; Gertie May born 16 February 1906 in Texas Co., MO, died 12 June 1923 in Texas Co., MO, buried in Piney Twp., Texas Co., MO, Pinelawn Cemetery; Gerald; Jesse L. born 11 June 1911 in Texas Co., MO, died 3 July 1941 in Texas County, MO, buried in Piney Twp., Texas Co., MO, Pinelawn Cemetery; John W. born 1922 in Texas Co., MO; Nadine B. born 1928 in Texas Co., MO.

6. Lee Roy Smith 3 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 2 February 1885 in Lynch Twp., Texas County Missouri. This child may have died young as I can find any later records on him. This record was found  in birth records of Texas County, Missouri.

7. Luther Alfred (Lute) Smith 3 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 12 May 1887 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 11 December 1961 in Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona; buried 14 December 1961 in Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona, Resthaven Memorial Park. He married (1) Amanda E. Marr (2) Alice Mildred Nagle. Children: Arthur Frederick born 23 June 1914 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, died 15 January 1916 in Houston, Texas Co., MO; Anna Margaret born 3 March 1916 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, died 21 October 1998 in Anaheim, Orange Co., California, married 5 May 1938 in AZ Kenneth Elroy Nelson born 18 June 1914 in Nebraska, died 1 January 1984 in Los Angeles Co., CA, son of Mr. Nelson and Miss (Youngblom) Nelson; Lena Gladys born 27 February 1918 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, married Mr. Newby; Chester Alfred born 20 February 1920 in Houston, Texas Co., MO; William Leland born 7 December 1928 in Texas Co., MO, died 3 September 1984 in Glendale, AZ; Dorothy Anita born 20 February 1931, married Mr. Koehler.

8. Oma Smith 3 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 9 October 1889 in Lynch Twp., Texas County, Missouri; married Julian Bultman. Children: Harold born about 1909; Glen born about 1911; Marvin born about 1913.

9. Joel Smith 3 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 3 June 1892 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 11 November 1940. His wife's name is unknown. Child: Joel Smith, Jr., born about 1915.

GENERATION 3

LAURA CATHERINE SMITH 3 AND SIDNEY OTTO SMITH

Laura and Otto Smith

Family of Laura C. Smith and Otto Smith 1929

Laura and Otto Smith

    Laura Catherine Smith 3 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 6 March 1881 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 14 September 1971 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California; buried in Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California, Oakwood Memorial Park. She married on 16 November 1898 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Sidney Otto Smith born 22 February 1876 in Washington, Washington County, Iowa; died 16 August 1951 in Canoga Park, Los Angeles County, California; buried in Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California, Oakwood Memorial Park, son of George Artemis Smith and Mary Campbell (Dempster) Smith.

 SMITH FAMILY           DEMPSTER FAMILY

    Laura was a homemaker all her life. She and Otto had a very happy marriage. They worked hard and raised five children. Laura was a happy person and laughed a lot. After their retirement, Laura made beautiful hand made quilts. She would set up her quilting frame in the large back room that they used for their bedroom. When she was finished working on her quilts for the day, Otto had attached small ropes on the quilting frame and they would raise it up to the ceiling so it wouldn't be in the way. I, Marjorie, her granddaughter, have fond memories of spending two weeks at a time during the summer months and during my youth at their chicken ranch in Canoga Park, California helping my grandparents with their chores and collecting eggs in the morning and evening. We would walk down the dirt roads to the country store at the forks to buy milk, bread or whatever was needed. The family would always gather at their home for big family dinners on special occasions. All the aunts, uncles and cousins would come to their home when the walnuts were ready to gather. They used the money from the sale of these walnuts to pay their property taxes each year as their income was limited after they sold all their chickens and finally retired. Otto and Laura were getting older and were not able to do all the work that it took to care for the chickens. Laura broke her hip about a year before her death and never recovered, spending her remaining days in a nursing home.

    "Otto" was a carpenter by trade and in later years he worked as a contractor. Sidney Otto and Laura Smith were called "mom and pop" by all their children and grandchildren. Their address in Junction City, Kansas was 827 W. 10th Street (Source: 1920 census of Geary County, Kansas) In 1931, after moving to California in about 1925, he and his wife Laura lived at 245 W. 61st Street in Los Angeles. At the time of his death they were living at 20032 Chase Street, Canoga Park, California where, after his retirement, they had an egg and chicken ranch. At one time he had about 2,500 chickens. Marjorie, their granddaughter, is in possession of their original marriage license dated 16 November 1898.

    Otto and Laura Smith moved to Junction City, Kansas in 1909 leaving the Oscar Community near Houston, Missouri where their parents and other members of their family lived. By wagon, with their five children and all their possessions, they left for Kansas. They reach Cabool, Missouri where their wagon broke down and they had to continue the rest of their journey by train. Otto had already been to Junction City and found work as a carpenter and he returned to Houston to bring Laura and the children back with him. (as remembered by Opal Marie Rue, wife of their son, William G. Smith and told to her niece, Marjorie, author of this family history) By 1925, the family had moved on to Los Angeles, California except for their son, William G. Smith. He had established a home with his wife Opal Marie Rue and a job with the Union Pacific Railroad in Kansas and had decided to stay there. He worked his whole adult life for the Southern Pacific railroad and retired from there about 1965. He made his home in Salina, Kansas.

    After the arrival of the Sidney Otto Smith family in Los Angeles, California the whole family rented a large house at 370 E. 2nd Street in Los Angeles (1925 city directory) and everyone moved in together. It was wonderful to have the grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles living together (recollections of Margaret Gladys (Smith) Jennings, daughter of Otis Austin and Gladys Mary Smith.) There were many pleasant memories of those early days in California. Later, Otto lost faith in people during his life, as when the crash of 1929 came, he lost everything he had in the bank. He thanked God he had bought a lot in Van Nuys, California for cash so that was paid for. Later, when he reached retirement age and thought he could handle it and take care of Laura, the insurance company where he had life insurance told him he was too old to insure now so his life insurance was cancelled. He was too proud to ask for Social Security when he was sixty-five as he thought it was like welfare, so he waited until he was seventy years old and really not able to work anymore away from home. He found that the contractor he had worked for, for so many years, Mr. Flanagan, had never paid the money to the Social Security System and hadn't paid unemployment insurance, although it had been taken out of his pay. After the crash he still worked and finally saved up enough to stop working away from home and build their own home on Sylmar Street in Van Nuys, California. He built it all alone and they moved in about 1932. He tried to go back to work then but since the stock market crash no one had money to build so he was unemployed. He did everything he could to find work, but could not get a job and could not pay the mortgage. None of his children could pay it either, so they lost their home in 1933. Otto and Laura stayed with their daughter, Gladys Mary and their son-in-law Austin Smith working and saving as much as possible. In 1934 Otto and Laura purchased another home. It was a one acre chicken ranch at 20032 Chase Street in Canoga Park, California. It really needed a lot of work but by a few more years it was a little dream house with shutters and red window boxes filled with flowers and twenty-five hundred chickens on the ranch. There would be many dinners and get-togethers of the family at this home. Everyone in the family looked forward to going out to the "valley" to visit "mom and Pop". There would also be lots of all night card games. At this time (1935-1950) In the San Fernando Valley, it was mostly country and dirt roads where they lived and the cousins would walk down the dirt roads in the evening to watch the trains go by. There were a few orange groves on the way and sometimes we would stop and pick an orange for each of us to eat on our walk down the road to the tracks. They always had a large vegetable garden and many flowers. My favorite flowers were the hollyhocks. There were about twenty large English Walnut trees on their property. They would use the profits from the sale of these walnuts to pay their taxes on the property each year. The family would get together and all go to their ranch and shake the walnuts from the trees and we would all pick them up from the ground and Otto would stretch a large piece of rabbit wire out for drying the walnuts in the sun. After they had dried, we would all make another trip out to the ranch to hull them. Some were sold with shells and some were cracked to bring more money. Their son, Orange worked in a bakery and his boss would buy all the cracked walnuts and use them in the cookies and cakes and etc. They had lots of Concord grapevines on a verandah around the porch of their home. We all would have enough grapes to make lots of jelly. Otto became ill about 1950 and died at the age of seventy-five years. Laura stayed at the house in Canoga Park for a while but later sold it and moved to a house in Southwest Los Angeles near her daughters, Gladys and Mabel. Laura died while living at this home. She had fallen and broke her hip and was not able to return home so she died in a nursing home at the age of ninety years. Otto and Laura are buried side by side at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California (source: recollections of their granddaughter's, Margaret Gladys (Smith) Jennings and Marjorie Smith) On his WW I draft registration dated 12 September 1918 he lived at 836 W. 10th, Junction City, Kansas, age 42 years. He stated he was a carpenter and worked for C.B. Stabbens in Junction City, Kansas. His description was tall, medium build, blue eyes, brown hair. I, His granddaughter, Marjorie, am in possession of his WW I draft registration card.

Children of Laura Catherine Smith and Sidney Otto Smith

1. William George Smith 4 (Laura Catherine Smith 3, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1)  born 20 March 1900 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 20 April 1973 in Salina, Saline County, Kansas; buried in Salina, Saline County, Kansas, Roselawn Memorial Park. He married Opal Marie Rue. William worked for the Union Pacific Railroad all his adult life and retired from there in 1965. He lived in Salina, Kansas, dying of cancer. He moved with his parents to Junction City, Kansas when he was just 9 years old, where he attended school. He met Opal Marie Rue of Emporia, Kansas, daughter of James Rue and Sarah (Duley) Rue in McPherson, Kansas where he had come to be a relief clerk for the Union Pacific Railroad. Opal had a job teaching school there. They were married in McPherson, Kansas and later they were transferred back to Salina, Kansas where they lived most of their married life. Children: William George, Jr. born 25 March 1923 in Salina, Saline Co., Kansas, died 21 January 1925 in Salina, Saline Co., KS. Billy George died at the age of one year and ten months of a ruptured hernia; James born in Salina, Saline Co., KS.

2. Gladys Mary Smith 4 (Laura Catherine Smith 3, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 4 January 1902 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 17 October 1973 in Loma Linda, San Bernardino County, California; buried in Loma Linda, San Bernardino County, California, Montecito Memorial Park; married Otis Austin Smith. Children: Robert Theodore born 25 November 1918 in Junction City, Geary Co., KS, died 14 October 2005 in Newbury Park, Ventura County, California (cremated), Married (1) Shirley Mae Dodson (2) Margaret Shores; Margaret Gladys born 2 October 1920 in Junction City, Geary Co., KS, died 23 January 1996 in Riverside, Riverside County, CA, buried in Evergreen Memorial Park, Riverside, CA, married (1) Dwain E. Livingston (2) Alpheus Miles Jennings.

3. Orange Otto  Smith 4 (Laura Catherine Smith 3, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 24 November 1903 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 12 March 1986 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon; buried in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon, Springfield Memorial Gardens. He married (1) Leota Margaret Martha Collins (2) Fern (Slack) Mundell (widow); (3) Colleen Francis (Reed) Tidd (widow).

4. Mabel Sylvia Smith 4 (Laura Catherine Smith 3, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1)  born 4 February 1906; died 19 October 1988 in Yucaipa, San Bernardino County, California; her ashes were scattered at Point Loma, San Diego, California; married Harold Arthur Cline born 10 February 1905; died  21 April 1892 in San Bernardino, CA.; son of James W. Cline and Siddie (Lewis Cline Child: James

5. Glynn Edward Smith 4 (Laura Catherine Smith 3, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 4 December 1908 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 3 December 1955 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California; married Alice Marie Sprague. Children: Barbara Marie born 30 August 1932 in Los Angeles, died 28 January 2000, married Edward Leo Marcum; Darlene Glynne; Carol Ann.

GENERATION 4

ORANGE OTTO SMITH 4 AND LEOTA M. COLLINS

Orange, Leota Smith

Orange and Marjorie

Orange O. Smith with his touring car 1920's

Orange O. Smith

    Orange Otto Smith 4 (Laura Catherine Smith 3, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 2, Abraham Hilterbrand 1) born 24 November 1903 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 12 March 1986 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon; buried in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon, Springfield Memorial Gardens. He married (1) 10 April 1926 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, Leota Margaret Martha Collins, born 24 September 1906 in Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas; died 13 February 1975 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon; buried in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon, Springfield Memorial Gardens, daughter of Bryce Monroe Collins and Della Elnora Carson. (2) 8 October 1976 in Carson City, Nevada, Fern (Slack) Mundell (widow), born 22 February 1902 in Minden, Kearney County, Nebraska; died 19 February 1983 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon; buried 23 February 1983 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon, Springfield Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, daughter of Thompson Couch Slack and Elnora (Krick) Slack; (3) 14 February 1984 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon Colleen Francis (Reed) Tidd (widow); born 2 July 1921 in Clinton, Wisconsin; died 4 June 2005 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon; daughter of Harold J. Reed and Elda Alvira (Hughes) Reed. Orange Otto Smith and Leota M. (Collins) Smith had one daughter.

    Orange went to Los Angeles, California from Junction City, Kansas about 1923 to find work and make a better life for himself. He then moved to Springfield, Oregon in 1962 after about 40 years in the Los Angeles area. He went to work for Albertson's Bakery, retiring from there in 1968. He died from cancer of the colon. He was operated on in 1969 and 17 years later it had spread to his lungs. He was in very good health until the last year of his life. In 1931 he lived at 414 W. 60th street, Los Angeles, California with his wife, Leota and his only daughter, Marjorie. He worked at Rennie's Bakery at Florence and Western Ave in Los Angeles for many years. After the owner, Bud Adams died in 1959, he bought the bakery but decided it was far too much work as he was nearing retirement. He sold the bakery after about a year and moved to Springfield, Oregon. He stated to his daughter Marjorie that he was really born in the Oscar community of Texas County, Missouri. It was such a small town that the family always said they were born in Houston, Missouri which was the nearest large town. After is wife Leota died he spent many hours at the senior center in Springfield, Oregon playing pool or cards. That is where he met Mrs. Fern Mundell. She was a retired school teacher for Springfield and had been a widow or many years. After Fern died he continued to go to the senior center for recreation and met Mrs. Colleen Tidd. After a few months they were married. Colleen out-lived Orange and soon remarried. Colleen and Orange enjoyed going to dances together at the center.

    Orange was named by his aunt, Tessie Jane Smith. He was born on her birthday so Otto and Laura let Tessie name him. Tessie was born November 24, 1887 in Orange Township, Lincoln County, Kansas so she named him Orange after the town that when was born in.

    Orange moved to Junction City, Kansas with his parents and siblings when he was six years old. He attended school in Junction City until about the age of fourteen years. At that time he quit school and started to work in a bakery. This job led to his life-long profession as a baker. About 1922-1923 Orange and his brother-in-law, Otis Austin Smith and their friend Lawrence Telford, bummed a ride on the Union Pacific train in a box car that was headed for Los Angeles, California. During this ride they were almost caught by railroad detectives and were separated, loosing their luggage and coats, except for one coat between Orange and Otis Austin. They arrived in Los Angeles together but had no idea what had happened to Lawrence until later when they were able to receive mail from home. Orange states that they ran out of money in Green River, Wyoming and had to work to earn money to continue their trip to Los Angeles.

    Orange had met a girl in Junction City, Kansas that was a friend of his sister, Mabel. Mabel would bring her home after school and on weekends. Her name was Leota Collins. He fell in love with her and decided to send for her after her graduation from Junction City High School. She graduated in May 1925 and he sent her the money to ride the train to Los Angeles in April 1926. They were married and spent their honeymoon at Hermosa Beach, California in the house of Orange's sister and brother-in-law, Austin and Gladys Smith. During WW II Orange left the bakery and worked for Douglas Aircraft. After the war years, he returned to the bakery again. He liked fishing and attending to his vegetable garden at his home in Springfield. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Baker's and Confectioner's Union to which he belonged for thirty-five years. He was also a member of the Springfield First Christian Church.

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Their daughter, Marjorie Copyright 2009

 

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