Edith Leone Smith

Brief Life History of Edith Leone

When Edith Leone Smith was born on 2 October 1907, in Corvallis, Benton, Oregon, United States, her father, Eddy Elsworth Smith, was 24 and her mother, Martha Kester, was 21. She married Leo Miles Compton on 3 July 1929, in Santa Ana, Orange, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1930 and Corvallis Election Precinct 7, Benton, Oregon, United States in 1940. She died on 21 January 1988, in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States, at the age of 80.

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Leo Miles Compton
Edith Leone Smith
Marriage: 3 July 1929
Robert L Compton

Sources (11)

  • Edith L Smith in household of Eddie E Smith, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Edith L Smith, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
  • Edith L Compton, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.

1910 · Angel Island Serves Immigrants

Angel Island served as a western entry point for hundreds of thousands of U.S. immigrants, mainly from China, from 1910 to 1940.


13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were 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 also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .

English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .

Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

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

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