THE DESCENDANTS OF JOEL SMITH

HOME

REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERAN OF WHITE COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Marjorie Fletcher    Page Update: November 2011

 Joel Smith 1

 Joel B. Smith 2

 William Arthur Smith 3

 Laura Catherine Smith 4

Orange Otto Smith 5

JOEL SMITH 1 AND (1) NANCY HILL (2) NANCY MOORE

    Joel Smith 1, was born 4 September 1760 in Lunenburg County, Virginia; died 4 April 1840 in Van Buren County, Tennessee; buried in Sparta, White County, Tennessee on the Denton farm. I have not been able to determine who his parents were but it is thought by some researchers that his parents were Joseph Smith born 1 April 1730 in Cecil County, Maryland; died 7 June 1814 in Buncombe County, North Carolina and Rebecca Dath/D'eath born 1739 in Cecil County Maryland; died 1793 in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Rebecca is thought to be of Welch descent. Other researchers say Joel's parents are William Smith (Will, Greenville County, Virginia 9 October 1782-proof 27 October, 1788) and Elizabeth Wood of Greenville County, North Carolina. I can not say which is correct or if either are. He married (1) in 1785/1790 Nancy Hill born ca. 1760; (2) on 20 November 1823 in Sparta, White County, Tennessee, Nancy Moore born 1803 in North Carolina, daughter of Samuel Moore and Nancy (Cary) Moore. (from Samuel Moore's Revolutionary War pension records). I have not been able to find Nancy (Moore) Smith after the 1850 census.

    Catharine Hudson is mentioned in his Revolutionary War pension records. I have not determined the relationship. After raising a family to adulthood in South Carolina and Tennessee and a widower by 1823, Joel married Nancy Moore. Joel was in the Revolutionary War and enlisted from Mecklenburg County, Virginia (Pension Records: Film #1292795-Si-Sr Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. He is thought to have siblings, Susanna Smith; Samuel Smith born 20 August 1765; died 27 May 1856 in Pleasant Hill, Rusk County, Texas; buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery; married 28 February 1796 in Ashville, North Carolina, Mary Jarrett born 23 June 1775; Reuben Smith born 8 June 1767; died 25 September 1840 in Adams County, Pennsylvania (these are the children of Joseph and Rebecca Smith). There are probably more children in this family but I have no record of them. This is only speculation.

Children of Joel Smith 1 and Nancy Hill

1. Mary Smith 2 (Joel Smith 1) born about 1782; died 30 September 1819; married in 1802  in Rutherford County, North Carolina Isaac Vinzant born about 1780.

2. Jane or Rebecca Smith 2 (Joel Smith 1) born about 1783-1785; married Allen Mitchell born about 1780.

3. John Wilson Smith 2 (Joel Smith 1) born about 1790 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina; died 21 September 1846 in Lamar County, Texas; married  in 1823 in White County, Tennessee, Charlotte Ann Chisum born 1808 in White County, Tennessee; daughter of John Chisum and Mary Ann (Armstrong) Chisum.

4. Unicy Smith 2 (Joel Smith 1) born about 1792; married John L. Smith; died October 1885 in White County, Tennessee (will probate). Children: James H.; Samuel H.; Catherine; William; John L.

5. Narcissa Smith 2 (Joel Smith 1) born about 1795; married Thomas Snelling born about 1790.

Children of Joel Smith 1 and Nancy Moore

1. Joel B. Smith 2 (Joel Smith 1) born 13 September 1824 in Sparta, White County, Tennessee; died 10 February 1910 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Lynch Twp.,  Texas County, Missouri, Arthur's Creek Cemetery; married Elizabeth (Betsy) Paine born 17 June 1824 in Warren County, Tennessee; died 8 January 1894 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Arthur's Creek Cemetery, daughter of John Pain and Mary (I have not been able to find any information on John Paine). Joel and Elizabeth Smith resided in White County, Tennessee, Van Buren County, Tennessee and Texas County, Missouri. He went to Missouri about 1857. They spent two or three years in Ballard County, Kentucky before going on to Texas County, Missouri

2. Martha Ann Smith 2 (Joel Smith 1) born 1826 in White County, Tennessee; married 21 April 1842 in Van Buren County, Tennessee, Fielding L. Jones born about 1822.

3. William B. Smith 2 (Joel Smith 1) born 1832 in White County, Tennessee; married 22 October 1849 in Van Buren County, Tennessee, Margaret Simmons.

4. Robert Bennett Smith 2 (Joel Smith 1) born 11 September 1833 in White County, Tennessee; died 20 January 1901 in Licking, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Licking, Texas County, Missouri, Van Cleve Cemetery; married Martha Parker born May 1833 in Tennessee; died 3 January 1907 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Licking, Texas County, Missouri, Van Cleve Cemetery. The late Julia West Parker (A Texas County author and historian) wrote: about 1858 Robert Bennett Smith's family joined a wagon train of Tennessee people headed for Texas County, Missouri. There were 16 wagons and included families by the names of Blankenship, Oglesby, Harmon, Finley, Harrison, Robert Smith and others. Robert Bennett Smith and wife, Martha settled in the area between Prescott and Licking no doubt because other members of the Smith family lived nearby. Here they homesteaded a farm and raised 8 children. It is said that their first home burned with $400. cash savings inside. A new home was built. Martha's father was born in Ireland and her mother was born in England. Children: (1) Arminda born May 1852 in TN, died 1938 in Texas Co., MO, buried in Texas Co., MO, Sherrill Cemetery. She married in Texas Co., MO, Jacob Flynn; (2) Jane Lois born November 1853 in TN, died 1931 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, buried in Houston, Texas Co., MO, Pinelawn Cemetery, married Jesse Franklin Watson; (3) Monroe born April 1855 in KY, died 1938 in Texas Co., MO, buried in Texas Co., MO, Van Cleve Cemetery, never married; (4)  Nancy Caroline born April 1857 in KY, died 1939 in Texas Co., MO, buried in Texas Co., MO, Licking Cemetery, married John C. Cantrell; (5) Tillman Madison born November 1860 in Texas Co., MO, died 1945 in Texas County, MO, buried in Texas Co., MO, Boone Creek Cemetery, married Melinda Elizabeth Scott; (6) Bennett F. born October 1864 in Texas Co., MO, died 1940 in Texas Co., MO, buried in Licking, Texas Co., MO, Licking Cemetery, married 1888 in Texas Co., MO Oretha Sue Dunlap born 1868 in MO. died 1953 in Texas Co., MO, buried in Licking, Texas Co., MO, Licking Cemetery; (7) Theola born September 1865 in Texas Co., MO, died 1894, married Frank Robinson. Theola died when her first child was born; (8) Evan born August 1874 in Texas Co., MO, died 1949 in Texas Co., MO, buried in Texas Co., MO, Boone Creek Cemetery, married Lella Drown.

5. James A. Smith 2 (Joel Smith 1) born 1836  in White County, Tennessee; married Nancy Simmons. No further information.

6. Nancy Caroline Smith 2 (Joel Smith 1) born 1839 in White County, Tennessee; married 16 March 1869 in Van Buren County, Tennessee, Alexander Shockley.

7. Cantrell Smith 2 (Joel Smith 1) born 1844 in White County, Tennessee. Cantrell Smith was born after Joel died and was probably not his child. He could have been a nephew or a grandchild. He was living with the family in the 1850 census.

GENERATION 2

JOEL B. SMITH 2 AND ELIZABETH PAINE

    Joel B. Smith 3 (Joel Smith 1) born 13 September 1824 in Sparta, White County Tennessee; died 10 February 1910 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Lynch Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Arthur's Creek Cemetery; married about 1842 in Van Buren County, Tennessee Elizabeth (Betsy) Paine born 17 June 1824 in Warren County, Tennessee; died 8 January 1894 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Arthur's Creek Cemetery, daughter of John and Mary Paine. Joel Smith B. Smith resided in White County, Tennessee, Van Buren County, Tennessee and Texas County, Missouri. He went to Missouri about 1857. They spent two or three years in Ballard County, Kentucky before going on to Texas County, Missouri.

1. John Smith 3 (Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born about 1844 in Van Buren County, Tennessee. No further information.

2. Martha Smith 3 (Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born about 1846 in Van Buren Bounty, Tennessee. No further information.

3. William Arthur Smith 3 (Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) 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; married Mary Jane Hilterbrand.

4. James Smith 3 (Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born 1853 in Van Buren County, Tennessee. No further information.

5. Joel Louis Smith 3 (Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born 1857 in Arlington, Ballard County, Kentucky; married  6 July 1884 in Texas County, Missouri, Sapronia E. Fry born 1867 in Rolla, Missouri, daughter of Jacob Fry. Children: Clara Mamie born 28 March 1885 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, married 30 August 1913 in Houston, Texas Co., MO, James R. Cameron of Licking, Texas Co., MO; Ewell Allen, married Mary Emma Adams.

6. Jacob Leroy Smith 3 (Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born 1859 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; married 1879 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Mary L. Smith.

7. Martha C. Smith 3 (Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born 1861 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 1865 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Lynch Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Arthur's Creek Cemetery.

8. Sterling Price Smith 3 (Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born February 1863 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 1951 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Licking Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Licking Cemetery; married 25 June 1899 in Oscar, Texas County, Missouri, Martha Davis born September 1870 in Missouri; died 1930 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Licking Twp, Texas County, Missouri, Licking Cemetery.

9. Pinkney Smith 3 (Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born 12 February 1866 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 25 December 1908 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Arthur's Creek Cemetery; married 5 September 1889 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Elizabeth Myers born 14 June 1863 in Tennessee; died 11 June 1926, daughter of John Myers and Mary (Weldy) Myers.. Children: Ira born 23 June 1890 in MO, died 11 January 1911; Virgil born April 1899 in MO; Roy born 5 April 1904 in Texas Co., MO, died 5 April 1904 in Texas Co., MO, buried in Texas Co., MO, Arthur's Creek Cemetery; Arthur Smith.

10. Nancy Smith 3 (Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born 1868 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; married 1889 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, William Standard.

GENERATION 3

WILLIAM ARTHUR SMITH 3 AND MARY JANE HILTERBRAND

William A. Smith's farm in MO.

William A. Smith Family

William and Mary Jane Smith

    William Arthur Smith 3 (Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) 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; married 14 September 1873 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 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, daughter of Abraham Hilterbrand and Nancy (Martin) Hilterbrand. William Arthur Smith was a farmer.

    William Smith and Mary Jane Hilterbrand resided in the Arthur's Creek Community, Lynch Twp. Texas County, Missouri. He was a farmer-disabled-could not do heavy work.

Children of William Arthur Smith 3 and Mary Jane Hilterbrand

1. Nancy Elizabeth 4 (William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born 5 December 1875 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 23 September 1949 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; married  in 1893 in Texas County, Missouri, James R. King born 1871 in Missouri. 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 4  (William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born 18 April 1877 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 2 July 1941.

3. William A. Smith 4 (William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born 1878 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri. William may have died young.

4. Laura Catherine Smith 4 (William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 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; married Sidney Otto Smith.

5. Elizabeth B. Smith 4  (William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 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 13 December 1903 in Houston, 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, Missouri, Pine lawn Cemetery. Effie and John Farley were married at the bride's parent's home in Houston, Missouri. John was a Private in Co. M, 2nd Regt., Missouri infantry of the Spanish American War. 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 1841 in Texas Co., 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 4  (William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born 2 February 1885 in Lynch Twp., Texas County, Missouri; probably died young.

7. Luther Alfred Smith 4  (William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 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; married 15 March 1908 in Texas County, Missouri, divorced. (1) Amanda E. Marr (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, Resthaven Memorial Park. Luther Alfred Smith was a Barber and had his own shop and later moved to Phoenix, Arizona. 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 Texas Co., MO, died 21 October 1998 in Anaheim, Orange Co., CA, 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; 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 4  (William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 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 4  (William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born 3 June 1892 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 11 November 1940. Child: Joel Smith, Jr., born about 1915.

GENERATION 4

LAURA CATHERINE SMITH 4 AND SIDNEY OTTO SMITH

l-r: Leota Smith, Della Randolph, Laura Smith, Orange Smith

Laura, Otto Smith

l-r: Della Randolph, Patricia gr. granddaughter, Laura Smith

    Laura Catherine Smith 4 (William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 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; married 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 and 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 ranch 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 all his 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, 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 they 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 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 Union 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. 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) Jennings, daughter of Otis Austin Smith and Gladys Mary (Smith) 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 so many years before, 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 buy by a few 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 family 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 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 rabbit wire on a large frame 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 etc. They had lots of concord grapevines on a verandah around the porch of their home. We would all 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 broken 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 1 draft registration card.   

Children of Laura Catherine Smith 4 and Sidney Otto Smith

1. William George Smith 5  (Laura Catherine Smith 4, William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 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; 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 March, 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 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. Children: William George 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 born 1926.

2. Gladys Mary Smith 5  (Laura Catherine Smith 4, William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 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 22 May 1918 in Junction City, 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 and operated the Fawnview 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 they could make it on their own. They were sweethearts from their Sunday school days. They, as a couple were 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 in 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 years of marriage in 1968. After Gladys's death, Austin remarried about 1974, Mrs. Gladys West. They were married only six months when Austin took sick and died. Children: Robert Theodore Smith born 25 November 1918 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas, died 14 October 2005 in Newbury Park, Ventura County, California (cremated). Bob was an officer in the US Army in WW II. He was very talented as a salesman and in other professions that he pursued. He worked for Helms Baking Company after WW II and worked as a driver salesman for them. In the 1960's he had a Farmers Insurance Agency. He has sold cars and trucks and has been quite successful at just about anything that he has done; Margaret Gladys born 2 October 1920 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas, died 23 January 1996 in Riverside, Riverside County, California, buried in Evergreen Memorial Park in Riverside, California.

3. Orange Otto Smith 5  (Laura Catherine Smith 4, William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 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; married (1) Leota Margaret Martha Collins; (2) Mrs. Fern (Slack) Mundell (widow); (3) Mrs. Colleen Francis (Reed) Tidd (widow).

4. Mabel Sylvia Smith 5  (Laura Catherine Smith 4, William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born 4 February 1906 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 19 October 1988 in Yucaipa, San Bernardino County, California; married 6 April 1926 in Los Angeles, California,  Harold Arthur Cline born 10 February 1905 in Los Angeles, California, died 21 April 1992 in San Bernardino County, California, St. Bernardine hospital. He was the son of James W. Cline (a detective with 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, James Arthur Cline. 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 worked 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 to 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.

5. Glynn Edward Smith 5 (Laura Catherine Smith 4, William Arthur Smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 1) born 4 December 1908 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 3 December 1955 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; 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, 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 December 3, 1955 at 11:58 p.m. 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. Alice was a registered nurse and took her training at City of Angeles Hospital in Los Angeles. She worked in many hospitals around the Los Angeles area. The last place she worked was the Garfield Hospital in Monterey Park, California. She had worked there for 38 years. Alice lived with her daughter, Carol Ann in Paso Robles, California during the last 7 months of her life where she died of lung cancer. She had been living alone in Seal Beach, California for quite some time and before that, she lived in Long Beach and Corona Del Mar, California. Alice was in the Peace Corps for a while in Togo, So. Africa until her daughter, Barbara lost her first husband to a heart attack. Children: Barbara Marie born 30 August 1932 in Los Angeles, California, died 28 January 2000 in Newport Beach, California. Barbara taught art at Gompers Jr. High School in Los Angeles, California; Darlene Glynne born 22 November 1935 in Glendale, California, died 16 January 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona; Carol Ann

GENERATION 5

ORANGE OTTO SMITH 5 AND LEOTA M. COLLINS

mailto:marjorie.fletcher@comcast.net?subject=Joel Smith

Marjorie Jean Smith, 1 year

Orange and Leota Smith on their honeymoon in Redondo Beach, CA

Marjorie Jean Smith

    Orange Otto Smith 5 (Laura Catherine Smith 4, William Arthur smith 3, Joel B. Smith 2, Joel Smith 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, a 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, a 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 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 age. 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. Fern Mundell. She was a retired school teacher from Springfield and had been a widow for 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 she 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 sometimes bring her home after  school and on weekends. Her name was Leota Collins. He fell in love with her an 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 as an inspector. After the war years, he returned to the bakery again. He liked fishing and attending his vegetable garden at his home in Springfield, Oregon. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Baker's and Confectioner's Union which he belonged to for thirty-five years. He was also a member of the Springfield First Christian Church.

As remembered by their daughter, Marjorie

Copyright 2009

 

Top of Page          Contact Us