Bertha Smith

Polk, Indiana, United States

The Life of Bertha

When Bertha Smith was born in 1873, her father, George Washington Smith, was 25 and her mother, Martha Racena Finch, was 26. She married George Washington Murrow on 3 August 1893, in Delaware Township, Polk, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Washington Township, Greene, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Merrill Township, Newaygo, Michigan, United States for about 10 years.

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George Washington Murrow
Bertha Smith
Marriage: 3 August 1893
Harold Stanley Murrow
Robert Dale Murrow
Dorothy Murrow
Robert Dean Murrow
Daniel George Murrow

Spouse and Children

3 August 1893
Delaware Township, Polk, Iowa, United States



    Robert Dale Murrow


    Dorothy Murrow



    Daniel George Murrow


Parents and Siblings





    Florence Smith


    Inez Smith


    Guy A. Smith


+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 2

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 6

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.

Age 31

St. Louis, Missouri, United States hosts Summer Olympic Games.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Bertha Murrow in household of George W Murrow, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bertha Murrow in household of George W Murrow, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Bertha Murrow, "United States Census, 1930"

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