William Otis Smith

20 September 1899–29 May 1957 (Age 57)
Crofton, Knox, Nebraska, United States

The Life of William Otis

William Otis Smith was born on 20 September 1899, in Crofton, Knox, Nebraska, United States as the son of William Smith and Mary Elizabeth Cork. He married Frances Martha Carmen about 1919, in Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Knox, Benson, Dakota Territory, United States in 1935 and Hood River, Hood River, Oregon, United States in 1940. He died on 29 May 1957, in Hood River, Oregon, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Hood River, Hood River, Oregon, United States.

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William Otis Smith
Frances Martha Carmen
Marriage: about 1919
Lavaughn G Smith
Donald Leroy Smith
Dale Dwane Smith
Billy Harrison Smith

Spouse and Children


    Frances Martha Carmen


about 1919
Nebraska, United States


    Lavaughn G Smith


    Donald Leroy Smith


    Dale Dwane Smith


    Billy Harrison Smith


Parents and Siblings

    William Smith


    Mary Elizabeth Cork




World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 1

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1911 · First U.S. Primary Elections Held

Age 12

The first U.S. primary elections were held in Oregon in 1911. 
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 17

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • William O Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Willie Smith in household of Harry Smith, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Willie Smith in household of Harry Smith, "United States Census, 1900"

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