THE DESCENDANTS OF JAMES MARTIN

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Marjorie Fletcher     Page Update: November 2011

James Martin 1

Nancy Martin 2

Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3

Laura Catherine Smith 4

Orange Otto Smith 5

....JAMES MARTIN 1 AND ELENDER YOCUM

    James Martin 1 was born about 1774 in Virginia or North Carolina and thought to be the son of Alexander Martin and Anna (or Hannah) Martin. He married on 15 November 1802 in Wayne County, Kentucky Elender Yocum, born about 1784 in Virginia, daughter of George Yocum and Ezabellar Taylor. James Martin was in the 1810 census of Wayne County, Kentucky. He left Kentucky sometime between 1810 and 1812 for he is in the 1820 census of Warren County, Tennessee. James Martin is on the 1810 tax list of Wayne County, Kentucky along with John, Samuel and Joab Martin. On the 1808 tax list of Wayne County, Kentucky is Benjamin, Samuel, Joab and John Martin.

    James sold his land in Warren County, Tennessee in 1843 and most of his children moved to Missouri and migrated to other western states. James and Elender (Yocum) Martin migrated to Warren County, Tennessee with Jeremiah Gray and wife, Mary "Polly" Yocum (sister of Elender). Another Source: James Martin was born about 1775, came to Tennessee from Kentucky after the birth of his daughter, Mary and before the birth of his son, William in 1812. Before 1842 he removed to Texas County, Missouri. No record of his death can be found nor can we find the wife's name. (his wife's name was Elender Yocum). (Marjorie says: My feeling is that James Martin died before 1843 in Warren County, Tennessee and didn't go with the other members of the family to Texas County, Missouri).

Notes for Anna or Hannah Martin:

    Widow, Hannah Martin of Mercer County, Kentucky is believed to be the mother of James Martin. Alexander Martin is believed to be the father of James Martin. Alexander received a land grant of 400 acres in Fayette County, Kentucky in 1780. He was a Drummer in the Revolutionary War from Virginia. He probably died before 1790. A land patent on the south side of the Cumberland River containing 135 acres is mentioned. "Ann Martin departed this life intestate", film #590704, p. 55, FHL, SLC, UT. Land sold in deed dated 15 June 1818 was only part (135 acres) of the patent. Anna Martin bought land from Azor Reese and wife, Dinah both of Mercer County in the Commonwealth of Virginia (created from Lincoln County in 1785) 6 August 1787, Vol. 1, p. 52 containing 200 acres for 100, granted to Reese by patent, 1785 (Mercer County Kentucky deeds, film #191810, Bk 1 & 2, p. 279, FHL, SLC, UT). Ann Martin of Mercer County and the state of Virginia to Peter Demaree 15 March 1791 for 25, 50 acres, part where she now lives. Signed Anna Martin (her mark). Film #174998, Land Grants in Wayne County, Kentucky, FHL, SLC, JT, Nancy (Anna) Martin #187, July 1801, 400 acres, pd. in full. (this is probably the land grant of 400 acres that Alexander Martin got in 1780 in Fayette County, Kentucky). All these records link Anna or Hannah Martin to Alexander Martin, Revolutionary War soldier and to the Martin's in Wayne County, Kentucky. (Marjorie says: These are all the records that I have found on the Martin families. I have a very strong feeling that Alexander and Hannah Martin are the parents of James Martin and the other Martin's that are mentioned in the records are the siblings of James Martin).

Notes for Elender Yocum:

From Wayne County Marriages and Vitals 1801-1860, Vol. A-J. FHL, Eugene, Oregon

    Gray, Jeremiah and Polly Youcom-Yocom, Surety, James Martin M: 7 Jan 1808 by Rev. Nicholas Lloyd, J.P. Note: 31 December 1807 Capt. Mical Taul you will please to grant the lisons between Jeremiah and my daughter, Polly Youcom and this shall be your authority for doing so by George Youcom. Wit: James Martin.

    Same source: Brown, William and Anne Martin, Surety, Zacharias Martin Bond dated 29 November 1803 Marr: 4 December 1803 by North East Esq. endorsement on Bond "Consent of the Widow Martin". The mother and guardian of the above Anne Martin was proved by Oath of Zacharias Martin. The 1810 Wayne County, Kentucky census James Martin 20010-20010-00. This Widow Martin is in Mercer County Kentucky deeds (Mercer was created from Lincoln County, Lincoln and Fayette Counties were created from Kentucky County, VA) as Anna or Hannah or Nancy or Ann. Records were in all these names.

Wayne County, Kentucky Marriages and Vitals-976.964, FHL, SLC, UT

    Martin, James and Elender Yocom, Surety, George Yocum, the father of the within named "Elender Yocum" gave his personal consent for the intended marriage, by Michah Taul. Married 15 November 1802 by Elliott Jones. (This is enough proof for me that Elender Yocom is the daughter of George Yocum).

    I am sure that these are James Martin and Elender Yocum's families. Polly Yocom was said to be the sister of Elender Yocom. Polly Yocom was married to Jeremiah Gray. The story goes that James and Elender (Yocum) Martin and the Jeremiah Grays traveled to Tennessee together. I find Jeremiah Gray age 50-60 and wife Polly age 50-60 and one boy 10-15 in the 1840 census of Warren County, Tennessee on p.330. James Martin is also on the same page, age 60-70, Elender 50-60. One boy 15-20, two girls 15-20. One of these girls being Nancy Martin.

Children of James Martin 1 and Elender Yocum

1. Hannah Martin 2 (James 1) born 9 March 1803 in Wayne County, Kentucky; died 20 May 1889 in McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee; buried in Smyrna Cemetery, Warren County, Tennessee. She married Thomas Barnes, a blacksmith, born 5 May 1800 in Kentucky; died after 1860; buried in Smyrna Cemetery, Warren County, Tennessee, son of William Barnes and Charity (Phillips) Barnes. Children: John born 24 March 1824 in Tennessee, died 25 December 1896. He married (1) Nancy Vickers born 24 December 1821, (2) Polly Ann Lockhart. John Barnes was a preacher at Shake Rag Baptist Church at Harrison Ferry Mountain; Mary born 5 May 1827 in Tennessee, died 7 June 1863. She married William Williams born 1825; Eliza born 22 January 1829 in Tennessee, died after 1870. Eliza burned to death. She never married; Betsy Ann born 13 December 1831 in Tennessee. She married Squire (Shoot) Hillis born 1837; Permelia born 1833 in Tennessee, died 23 February 1916. She married William O'Neil born 1827 in Tennessee; Charles born 15 May 1835 in Tennessee, died 19 November 1907. He married Hannah Vickers born 13 November 1837; Hannah born 1837 in Tennessee; Sarah Elizabeth born 1839 in Tennessee. She married (1) William J. Robinson Hillis born 1830-1835, (2) Thomas J. Mansfield, died March 1912; James Knox Polk born 1841 in Tennessee. He married Mary Hillis born 1845/1850. James and Mary (Hillis) Barnes moved to Lancaster County, Texas.

2. George W. Martin, Col. 2 (James 1) born 1804 in Wayne County, Kentucky; died 1861 in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas. He married Mary (Polly) Forrest born 1805 in Tennessee, died 1881 in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas. She was the daughter of Rev. Richard Albert Forrest and Sarah (Matlock) Forrest. Children: James A. born 29 May 1825 in Warren County, Tennessee, died 16 December 1867, buried in Van Zandt County, Texas, Old Liberty Cemetery. He married Sarah M. Jennings; Martha C. born 1833 in Tennessee; John R. born 23 April 1834 in Tennessee, died 15 December 1882. He married Mary Jennings born 1836; Mary A. born 1836 in Tennessee; Francis M. born 1838 in Tennessee. He married Sarah; Malinda E. born 1840 in Tennessee; Hannah C. born 1843 in Tennessee. She married Franklin M. Walker; Charles K P born 1845 in Tennessee. He married (1) Bettie (2) Lizzie; George Taylor born 8 May 1847 in Tennessee, died 25 December 1908. He married on 8 February 1871 Martha E. Davis; Henry A C born about 1850 in Tennessee.

3. Alexander Martin 2 (James 1) born 1806 in Wayne County, Kentucky; died 20 November 1871 in McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee; buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery. He married 1832 in McMinn County, Tennessee Elizabeth Forrest born 1811 in Tennessee, died 22 September 1863, buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery, daughter of Rev. Richard Albert Forrest and Sarah (Matlock) Forrest. Children: Nancy born 5 February 1833, died 14 August 1913 in Warren County, Tennessee, buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Armstrong Cemetery. She married Henry Cleveland Bake Fults; James L. born 2 June 1835, died 1888. He married Ellen Vicars; Mahala born 1838, died 1865. She married Francis Marion Clendenan; Charles Matlock born 1839 in Warren County, Tennessee, died 20 December 1891 in Erath County, Texas, buried December 1891 in Dublin, Erath County, Texas. He married Martha Jennings; Richard Albert born 4 December 1840, died 19 June 1912 in Collins County, Texas, buried in Collins County, Texas Cottage Hill Cemetery. He married Sarah or Sally Moulder; George born 1842, died 1884, buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Cemetery. He married Margaret Ricketts; Anna (Sally) born 1844 in Tennessee; Mary Martin born April 1846, died 14 August 1877, buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Cemetery. She married John Scott; Adolphus born 1848 in Tennessee; Patrick born 1850; John Barber born 1855. He married Nancy Harmon; Henry Edgar born 30 June 1857, died 21 May 1903, buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Cemetery. He married Neaty Jennings; Samuel, died young.

4. Mary (Polly) Martin 2 (James 1) born 1810 in Wayne County, Kentucky; died 7 December 1889 in Warren County, Tennessee; buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Cemetery. She married John Douglas born 24 May 1803, died 26 January 1849 in Warren County, Tennessee, buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Douglas Cemetery, son of Matthew Douglas. Children: Joseph born 1833, married Elizabeth Neal; Hannah born 1836, died 30 March 1872, buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Baptist Cemetery, married in 1858 Jonathan M. Bost born 18 July 1826, died 4 December 1899, buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery; Milly born 2 August 1838, married Thomas Cardwell born 1835, son of Francis and Juda Cardwell; Alexander born 1840, died 8 March 1918, buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery. He married Martha Mayfield, died 13 March 1887, buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery; Matthew born 1842, died 8 March 1912 in Warren County, Tennessee, buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery. He married in 1863 Amanda England, buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery; Mary A. born 1844, died 1882, buried in White County, Tennessee, Mt. Pisque Cemetery. She married Holland Knowles; Elizabeth born 1848. She married Hamilton Neal, Jr.

5. William Martin 2 (James 1) born 1812 in Warren County, Tennessee; died 1858 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Simmons, Texas County, Missouri, Union Cemetery. He married in Bedford County, Tennessee, Letha (Letty) Hart born 1812 in Bedford County, Tennessee, died 1869 in Texas County, Missouri, buried in Simmons, Texas County, Missouri, Union Cemetery, daughter of Henry Hart and Nancy (Rainey) Hart. Children: Nancy Caroline born 11 October 1834 in Warren County, Tennessee, died 9 May 1915 in Atoka, Atoka County, Oklahoma. She married Andrew J. Douglas; James born 1835/36 in Warren County, Tennessee, died in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas, buried in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas. He married Nancy Sanders; Eleanor Jane born 1837 in Tennessee, died in childhood; Elizabeth born 1838; Mahala born 1840 in Missouri; Catherine born 1845 in Missouri, died young; Hannah born 1848 in Missouri; Perlina born 3 October 1851 in Texas County, Missouri, died 31 October 1916 in Leonia, Boundary County, Idaho, buried in Lincoln, Montana, Greenwood Cemetery. She married James Edward Stewart; Octavia B. born in Missouri, died young.

6. Samuel Martin 2 (James 1) born 1815 in Warren County, Tennessee. He married on 2 November 1839 in White County, Tennessee, Rebecca Bryant.

7. Elizabeth Martin 2 (James 1) born 1818 in Warren County, Tennessee. She married in Dade County, Missouri Thomas Ross born 1815. Children: Minerva born 1840 in Missouri; Nancy born 1842 in Missouri; Samuel born 1844 in Missouri; Mary born 1846-1852 in Missouri; James born 1854 in Missouri; Elizabeth born 1858 in Missouri.

8. Mahala Martin 2 (James 1) born 1822 in Warren County, Tennessee; died 5 April 1898 in Houston, Texas County Missouri. She married about 1842 in Tennessee, Thomas Johnson born December 1820 in North Carolina, died June 1887 in Texas County, Missouri, buried in Simmons, Missouri, Union Cemetery. Thomas Johnson drove one of the wagons to Missouri along with the Martin families and the Abraham Hilterbrand family. He was a Baptist Minister. Thomas came to Texas County and homesteaded eighty acres in 1857 in Sec. 22, Twp. 30 R. 10. In 1859 he homesteaded two hundred forty acres in Sec. 23 Twp. 30 R. 10. Part of his family is buried in the Union Cemetery. Children: Leatha born 25 December 1845, died 9 June 1924 in Texas County Missouri. She married 6 November 1862 in Texas County, Missouri William C. Ward; Mary Elizabeth born 1846 in Texas County, Missouri, died 1915 in Texas County, Missouri. She married on 6 August 1867 in Texas County, Missouri, John Rogers; Thomas L. born 1847. He married 9 April 1862 July Ann Dennison; William L. born 18 March 1849/51 in Missouri, died about 1865, killed in the Civil War. William never married; James Burton born 28 March 1853 in Texas County, Missouri, died 7 June 1937 in Texas County, Missouri. He married 20 December 1874 in Texas County, Missouri, Amanda Rust; Nancy Margaret born 8 April 1855 in Texas County, Missouri, died January 1941 in Texas County, Missouri. She married 7 March 1875 in Texas County, Missouri, Alfred C. Ross; Almeda Meade born 25 September 1857 in Texas County, Missouri, died 12 February 1945 in Texas County, Missouri. She married 7 March 1875 in Texas County, Missouri Thomas M. Ross; Fanny died in Texas County, Missouri. She married in Texas County, Missouri, Wilson Coats.

9. Nancy Martin 2  (James 1) born 1825/1826 in Warren County, Tennessee, died 1888 in Texas County, Missouri, buried in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Old Houston Cemetery. She married in 1844/1845 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri, Abraham Hilterbrand born 1820 in Ohio, died 1882 in Texas County, Missouri, buried in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Old Houston Cemetery.

GENERATION 2

NANCY MARTIN 2 AND ABRAHAM HILTERBRAND

    Nancy Martin 2 (James 1) was born 1825/1826 in Warren County, Tennessee; died 1888 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Old Houston Cemetery. She married in 1844/1845 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri, Abraham Hilterbrand born 1820 in Ohio; died 1882 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Old Houston Cemetery. The Abraham Hilterbrand family lived near Houston, Missouri on the Piney River. He was well fixed for the times. His father's name is thought to be John but through all my research, I have not been able to find his parentage.

    Abraham Hilterbrand was born in 1820 in the state of Ohio. His parents and three brothers, Dan, Bill and John left Ohio and settled near McMinnville, Tennessee. Tradition says that 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 married Nancy Martin and they made their home near Prescott, Missouri, later at Oak Hill and finally a homestead on Piney River. (I have not been able to find their marriage record). source: Texas County, Missouri Heritage, Vol. 1 & 2 977.884 D3t, FHL, SLC, UT.

Children of Nancy Martin and Abraham Hilterbrand

1. Samuel M. Hilterbrand 3 (Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) born 2 June 1846 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; died 18 April 1927 in Ellsinore, Carter County, Missouri. He married 20 November 1870 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri America Angelina Upton born 23 December 1852, daughter of Ezaih and Elizabeth Upton. Samuel was in the Civil War. Children: Thomas Jefferson born 10 January 1873 in Texas County, Missouri near Houston; died 6 May 1970 in Ellsinore, Missouri, buried in Henson Cemetery, Ellsinore, Missouri. He married (1) Sarah C. Linge (2) Bessie Hayes; William O. born 7 May 1875 in Texas County, Missouri; Oscar Charles born 29 July 1882 in Texas County, Missouri; Martin Luther born 10 October 1885 in Texas County, Missouri; Lizzie Jane born 29 January 1888 in Texas County, Missouri; Jessie Bell born 6 April 1891 in Texas County, Missouri.

2. John Hilterbrand 3 (Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) born 30 September 1848 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; died 1920 in Union, Texas County, Missouri. He married 5 April 1880 Mary E. Miller born August 1858; died 1925. Children: William H. born September 1881 in Arkansas. He married 1 January 1905 in Texas County, Missouri Celia Coyle of Venable, Texas County, Missouri; Anna B. born February 1885 in Arkansas; Callie M. born April 1887 in Arkansas, married 12 May 1907 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri J. A. Rhea; Sam W. born April 1889 in Arkansas; Elizabeth born 17 August 1891 in Arkansas, died 29 December 1969. She married 3 March 1915, Frank Jackson, Jr.; Ella born November 1893 in Arkansas; George W. born December 1895 in Arkansas; Charles born December 1897 in Missouri

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

4. Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3 (Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 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; married William Arthur Smith.

5. James H. Hilterbrand 3  (Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) born 1856 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; died young in Houston, Texas County, Missouri.

6. Mahalia C. Hilterbrand 3 (Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) born November 1857 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Houston, Texas County., Missouri, Houston Cemetery. She married 1894 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Lewis Beers. Children: Raymond; Glen.

7. Jefferson Davis Hilterbrand 3 (Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 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. He married 25 December 1884 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Clarissa Belle Watson born 10 June 1866 in Clark County, Indiana; died 19 August 1928 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried 20 August 1928 in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Pinelawn Cemetery, daughter of Lewis Watson and Clarissa Ferguson. Jefferson Davis Hilterbrand was born in the Arthur's Creek area of Texas County, Missouri and was the seventh 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 (I have found no record of this as in the 1850 census of Texas County, Missouri Abraham and brother, Dan spelled their last names "Hilterbrand" and that was well 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 County, Missouri, died 20 September 1985. He married Nina Lee McGhee; Otto Samuel born 19 September 1888 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, died 21 June 1973, Married Ola Blankenship; Earl Everett born 15 April 1890 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, died 23 September 1971 in Texas County, Missouri, buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Pinelawn Cemetery. He married Clarissa V. Roberts; Roy born 14 January 1892 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, died 22 June 1953 in Texas County, Missouri, buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Pine lawn Cemetery. He married Mary Holder; Ralph Edward born 13 August 1894 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, died 4 September 1962. He married Ruby Dickey; Guy Jefferson born 14 April 1896 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, died 15 September 1967 in Boise, Ada County, Idaho, buried 18 September 1967 in Meridian, Ada County, Idaho, Meridian Cemetery. He married Ivy Mary (Hilda) Littlewood; Jess Watson born 14 January 1898 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, died 24 July 1970 in Springfield, Green County, Missouri, buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Pinelawn Cemetery. He married (1) Lavina Wilson (2) Illamae Claxton; Andrew Winifred born 9 September 1900 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, died 15 August 1963 in Texas County, Missouri, buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Pinelawn Cemetery. He married Vernal Babcock born 1902. He attended Oklahoma A & M, was a professional wrestler in the 1920's and spent his life in Utah and Idaho. He had no children; Jack Paul born 11 September 1903 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, died July 1987 in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. He married Helen Little; Goldie Mae born 25 September 1905 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri. She married (1) Paul Garwitz (2) Lee Lachmund.

8. Laura Bell Hilterbrand 3 (Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) born November 1871 in Oak Hill, near Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died in Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana. She married in 1896 Osgood Harvey Gilman born 16 November 1861 in Thornton Twp., Grafton, New Hampshire, died 1924 in Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana, son of Isaac Henry Gilman and Ella M. Page. Child: Virgil D. Gilman born October 1896 in Jefferson, Madison County, Montana. Virgil was born near the Big Hole River, Beaverhead, Montana.

GENERATION 3

MARY JANE HILTERBRAND 3 AND WILLIAM ARTHUR SMITH

William and Mary Jane

William Smith Family on Their Farm in Houston, Missouri

William A. Smith Family

William A. Smith

    Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3 (Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) was 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 on 14 September 1873 in Houston, 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 (Betsy Paine) Smith. Mary Jane Hilterbrand and William A. 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 and William Arthur Smith

1. Nancy Elizabeth Smith 4 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) born 5 December 1875 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 23 September 1949 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri. She married in 1893, James R. King born 1871 in Missouri. Children: Myrtle E. born 1895 in Missouri; Pearl born 1897 in Missouri; Alpha L. born 1898 in Missouri; Bessie M. born 1900 in Missouri; Hyrum W. born 1902 in Missouri; Wayne F. born 1905 in Missouri; Edith A. born 1907 in Missouri; Eunice A. born 1908 in Missouri.

2. James G. Smith 4 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) born 18 April 1877 in Houston Texas County, Missouri; died 2 July 1941.

3. William A. Smith 4 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) 1878 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri. William may have died young.

4. Laura Catherine Smith 4 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 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 4 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 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. She married 13 December 1903 in Texas County, Missouri, John M. Farley born 30 March 1875 in Missouri; died 17 January 1953 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Piney Twp., Texas County. John Farley was a Private in Company M, 2nd Regt., Missouri Infantry of the Spanish American War. Children: Leland born 1904 in Texas County, Missouri, died 16 September 1980 in Houston, Texas County Missouri, buried in Piney Twp. Texas County, Missouri, Pinelawn Cemetery; Gertie May born 16 February 1906 in Texas County, Missouri, buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Pine Lawn Cemetery; Gerald ; Jesse L. born 11 June 1911 in Texas County, Missouri, died 3 July 1941 in Texas County, Missouri, buried in Pinelawn Cemetery; John W. born 1922 in Texas County, Missouri; Nadine B. born 1928 in Texas County, Missouri.

6. Lee Roy Smith 4 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) born 2 February 1885 in Lynch Twp. Texas County, Missouri. This child must have died young as I find no later record of him. This record was found in birth records of Texas County, Missouri 977.884 V2p, FHL, SLC, UT.

7. Luther Alfred (Lute) Smith 4 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) born 12 May 1887 in Houston, Texas Co., 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 born about 1889 of Licking, Texas County, Missouri (2) 18 January 1914 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Alice Mildred Nagle born 7 August 1895 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 10 October 1982 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona; buried 13 October 1982 in Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona, Rest Haven Park. Luther Alfred Smith was a Barber and had his own shop and later moved to Phoenix, Arizona. His marriage to Amanda E. Marr of Licking, Texas County, Missouri was on file #931632 Marriages of Texas County Missouri. (Lute A. Smith of Houston, Texas County, Missouri, under 21 and Miss Amanda E. Marr of Licking, Texas County, Missouri, over 18 W. A. Smith, father, gives written consent. They were married 15 March 1908) Children of 2nd marriage to Alice Mildred Nagle: Arthur Frederick born 23 June 1914 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, died 15 January 1916 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; Anna Margaret born 3 March 1916 in Missouri, died 21 October 1998 in Anaheim, Orange County, California. She married 5 May 1938 Kenneth Elroy Nelson born 18 June 1914 in Nebraska, died 1 January 1984 in Los Angeles County, California, son of Mr. Nelson and Miss (Youngblom) Nelson; Lena Gladys born 27 February 1918 in Houston Texas County, Missouri. She married Mr. Newby; Chester Alfred born 20 February 1920 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; William Leland born 7 December 1928 in Texas County, Missouri, died 3 September 1984 in Glendale, Arizona; Dorothy Anita born 20 February 1931. She married Mr. Koehler.

8. Oma Smith 4 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) born 9 October 1889 in Lynch Twp., Texas County, Missouri; married Julian Bultman. Children: Harold; Glen; Marvin.

9. Joel Smith 4 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 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 4

LAURA CATHERINE SMITH 4 AND SIDNEY OTTO SMITH

Laura Catherine Smith

Otto and Laura Smith Family ca 1925

Otto and Laura Smith

    Laura Catherine Smith 4 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 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.

    Laura was a homemaker all her adult 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 finished working on her quilts for the day, Otto had fixed 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 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 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 the 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 all his adult life 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 report 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 a chicken and egg ranch. At one time he had about 2,500 chickens. Marjorie, their granddaughter is in possession of their original marriage certificate 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 reached 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 about 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 Union Pacific Railroad in Kansas and had decided to stay there. He retired from the Union Pacific Railroad 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 (370 E. 52nd Street in Los Angeles; 1925 directory) and everyone moved in together. It was wonderful to have the grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles living together (recollections of Margaret Gladys Smith, 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 to 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 so many years, Mr. Flanagan, had never pain 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 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  (about 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 type 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, cakes and other things. 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 and Marjorie Jean Smith) On his WW I draft registration dated 12 September1918 he lived at 836 W. 10th Street, 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 5 (Laura Catherine Smith 4, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 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 24 December 1921 in McPherson, McPherson County, Kansas, Opal Marie Rue born 15 June 1902 in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas; died 19 May 1996 in Salina, Saline County, Kansas; buried in Kansas, daughter of James William Rue and Sarah Florence (Duley) 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 nine 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 during most of their married life.

    In his WW I draft registration, 12 September 1918, he lived at 836 W. 8th Street, Junction City, Kansas, 18 years old, was a clerk at B. Rockwell at 725 W. Washington, Junction City, Geary County, Kansas. He was described as medium height, medium build, light blue eyes and dark brown hair.

Correspondence

W. G. Smith to Retire from UP

    William G. Smith will retire from the service of the Union Pacific railroad on March 31, 1965 after almost 45 years of continuous service and with more than 33 years of membership in our Brotherhood.

    A charter member of Jayhawk Lodge 395, Salina, Kans., Brother Smith has carried Card No. 1 in that lodge since its founding in December, 1933. He was the first financial secretary of Lodge 395, serving in that capacity for seven years.

    Brother Smith started his long railroad career as a station helper at Silver Lake, Kans. on September 24, 1920. He was promoted to yard clerk at Salina in 1921 and later to ticket clerk in the Salina ticket office. In 1942, he became depot passenger agent at Kansas City and in 1943 he was promoted to traveling passenger agent.

    Finally, in 1958 he became traveling freight and passenger agent for the UP, with headquarters in Salina. He also served as a tour conductor in 1938-1939-1940, taking parties through the national parks of the Western United States. Brother Smith, an outdoorsman, plans to spend a portion of his retirement enjoying his favorite hobby, fishing.

    Opal Marie Rue was a school teacher in McPherson, Kansas before meeting and marrying William G. Smith. Some of the information for this genealogy was obtained from her recollections. A very lovely person. Children: William George Smith, Jr. born 25 March 1923 in Salina, Saline County, Kansas, died 21 January 1925 in Salina, saline County, Kansas. Billy George died at the age of one year and ten months of a ruptured hernia; James Smith

2. Gladys Mary Smith 5 (Laura Catherine Smith 4, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) born 4 January 1902 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri: died 17 October 1973 in Loma Linda, San Bernardino County, California, Montecito Memorial Park. She married 22 May 1918  in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas, Otis Austin Smith born 12 July 1901 in Lanet, Chambers County, Alabama; died 3 December 1974 in San Bernardino County, California; buried in Loma Linda, San Bernardino County, California, Montecito Memorial Park, son of Otis Arnold Smith and Lulu Belle (Foster) Smith. Gladys and her husband, Austin Smith, owned the Fawnskin Cabins at Fawnskin, California on Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains for many years. She died of lung cancer. Gladys was said to have been the prettiest girl in town. (Junction City, Kansas) Gladys and Austin Married quite young and soon had a family. They lived with her parents in Junction City until the could make it on their own. They were sweethearts from their Sunday School days. They, as a couple were well liked by everyone and fun to be with.

    Austin (the name he went by) was a very good craftsman. He could do anything such as carpentry or auto upholstery and he had many other skills. He was also a pilot. Later in life he worked for a new car dealer in San Bernardino, California as a Service Manager and in the summer months he and Gladys managed their own cabins, the "Fawnview Cabins" in Fawnskin, Big Bear Lake, California. They lived in Southwest Los Angeles for many years, moving about 1948/1950 to Fawnskin. At this time they bought the malt shop and later sold that and bought the Fawnview Cabins. They sold the cabins just before Gladys took sick and died. They had retired and were living in San Bernardino. They celebrated fifty year of marriage in 1968. After Gladys's death, Austin remarried in about 1974, Mrs. Gladys West. They were married only six months when Austin took sick and died.

1930 Los Angeles County, California census

    Austin and Gladys lived at 1325 W. 73rd Street in Los Angeles, California in 1930. They were both married at the age of 16 years. Gladys's father and mother, Otto S. Smith and Laura C. Smith were living with them as was Glynn, Gladys's youngest  brother. Austin's occupation was an auto shop upholsterer and Otto S. Smith was a building carpenter. Glynn was a baker, working in bakery. Children: Robert Theodore Smith born 25 November 1918 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas, died 14 October 2005in Newbury Park, Ventura County, California (cremated). He married (1) Shirley Mae Dodson (2) Margaret Shores; Margaret Gladys Smith born 2 October 1920 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas, died 23 January 1996 in Riverside, Riverside County, California, buried in Evergreen Memorial Park, Riverside, California. She married (1) Dwain E. Livingston (2) Alpheus Miles Jennings.

3. Orange Otto Smith 5 (Laura Catherine Smith 4, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) born 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) Mrs. Fern (Slack) Mundell (3) Mrs. Colleen Francis (Reed) Tidd.

4. Mabel Sylvia Smith 5 (Laura Catherine Smith 4, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1)  born 4 February 1906 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 19 October 1988 in Yucaipa, San Bernardino County, California; was cremated and her ashes were scattered at Point Loma, San Diego County, California. She married 6 April 1926 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California,  Harold Arthur Cline born 10 February 1905 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California; died 21 April 1992 in San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, St. Bernardine Hospital; he was cremated and his ashes were scattered at Point Loma, San Diego County, California; he was the son of James W. Cline who was a detective for the Los Angeles police department and Siddie (Lewis) Cline.

    Mabel was cremated and her ashes were scattered at Point Loma, California at her request. Harold and Mabel had only one child. Mabel came to California from Junction City, Kansas with her parents and her brother Glynn Edward Smith. Mabel had graduated from high school before leaving Junction City but Glynn was approximately sixteen years of age. Mabel went to work for Fireman's Fund Insurance Company. In 1925  Mabel met Harold Cline. Harold lived in the same neighborhood on 52nd Street in Los Angeles, California. Harold was a cartographer for the Automobile Club of Southern California. After their marriage, they built a new home on Harvard Blvd. in Los Angeles. They continued to live there for many years even though the neighborhood had gone bad. They lived there for over forty years and after retiring in 1971 they sold the home and moved into a mobile home park in Yucaipa, California. Mabel died of pancreatic cancer while living at this park. Harold continued to live there until his death.

    Harold died at St. Bernardine Hospital in San Bernardino, California. His passing was peaceful and occurred after a short illness. He was 87 years of age. There were no services as all the arrangements were handled by the Neptune Society. His ashes were scattered over Point Loma, San Diego, California as were his wife's, Mabel Cline, nee smith. Harold was retired from the Automobile Club of Southern California after 38 years of service. In 1929 they built a house at 7839 South Harvard Blvd in Los Angeles and that was their home for the next 42 years. In 1971 they bought a mobile home and moved to Yucaipa, California, a few miles from Redlands. Harold passed away while living here. Child: James Cline (only one child).

5. Glynn Edward Smith 5 (Laura Catherine Smith 4, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 1) born 4 December 1908 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 3 December 1955 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California. He married 17 January 1931 in Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona Alice Marie Sprague born 29 May 1905 in Seattle, King County, Washington; died 3 September 1986 in San Luis Obispo, California. She was the daughter of Rev. Roy Lambert Sprague and Ada Lemirah (Carpenter) Sprague.

    Glynn was killed while crossing the Los Angeles Freeway on foot on the eve of his birthday. He died on 3 December 1955 at 11:58 PM. Only 2 minutes before his 47th birthday. Glynn came to California from Junction City, Kansas with his parents and his sister, Mabel. He was about 16 years of age. He started school at the John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles and graduated as a straight "A" student about 1926. A large insurance firm latched on to him as a sturdy and industrious worker. At his death he was working for the Southern Pacific railroad as an electrician in the repair yards in Los Angeles, California In 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935 Glynn was a clerk at Behrendt-Levy Insurance Agency and lived in No. Hollywood, California.

    Alice was a registered nurse and took her training at City of Angeles Hospital in Los Angeles. She worked at the Garfield Hospital in Monterey Park, California for 38 years. (from the records of her daughter, Carol Ann) Children: Barbara Marie Smith born 30 August 1932 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County California, died 28 January 2000 in Newport Beach, California. She married (1) Edward Leo Marcum (2) Living; Darlene Glynne Smith born 22 Nov 1935 in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, died 16 January 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona; Carol Smith (Living)

GENERATION 5

ORANGE OTTO SMITH 5 AND LEOTA M. COLLINS 

Orange & Leota

Orange Otto Smith in his touring car in JC, Kansas

Orange Otto Smith

Orange Smith and Marjorie

    Orange Otto Smith 5 (Laura Catherine Smith 4, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 3, Nancy Martin 2, James Martin 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) Collins (2) 8 October 1976 in Carson City, Nevada Mrs. Fern (Slack) Mundell 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 Co., Oregon, Springfield Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, daughter of Thompson Couch Slack and Elnora (Krick) Slack (3) 14 February 1984 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon Mrs. Colleen Francis (Reed) Tidd born 2 July 1921 in Clinton, Wisconsin; died 4 June 2005 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon; buried at West Lawn Memorial Park in Eugene, Lane County, Oregon, daughter of Harold J. Reed and Elda Alvira (Hughes) Reed.

    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 Avenue in Los Angeles for many years. After the owner, Bud Adams died in 1959, he bought the bakery but decided it was too much work as he was nearing retirement. He sold it after about 1 year and moved to Springfield, Oregon. He stated to his daughter, Marjorie that he was really born in the community of Oscar, 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 his wife Leota died he spent many hours at the senior center in Springfield, Oregon playing pool or cards. That is where he 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 she was born in. He was always a good sport about his name and always joked about it.

    Orange moved to Junction City, Kansas with his parents and siblings when he was but 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 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 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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