Lowell Eugene Smith

9 May 1899–22 July 1999 (Age 100)
Lafayette Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States

The Life of Lowell Eugene

When Lowell Eugene Smith was born on 9 May 1899, in Lafayette Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States, his father, Eugene Carlton Smith, was 31 and his mother, Margaret Elizabeth Macauley, was 23. He married Almira Lilly Johnson on 8 January 1930, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. He lived in Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa, United States in 1920 and Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1930. He died on 22 July 1999, in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States, at the age of 100.

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Lowell Eugene Smith
Thelma Elizabeth Cox
Marriage: 1962
Wm Edward Allen

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El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States


    Wm Edward Allen


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World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 1

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1900 · The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal

Age 1

Historically known as the Chicago Drainage Canal, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal is a canal system that connects the Chicago River to the Des Plaines River. It reverses the direction of the Chicago River, which now flows out of Lake Michigan rather than into it. It is one of two canals that helps navigation to ships traveling between the Great Lakes Waterway and the Mississippi River system.
1925 · The Goodman Theatre

Age 26

The Goodman Theatre was founded as a tribute to the Chicago playwright Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, who died in the Great Influenza Pandemic in 1918. The theater was funded by his parents, who donated $250,000 to the Art Institute of Chicago. The first theater was designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw and its opening ceremony was performed on October 20. 

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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  • Lowell E Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Lowell E Smith in household of Eugene C Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Lowell Smith in household of E C Smith, "United States Census, 1900"

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