Rhoda May Smith

8 December 1913–15 December 1946 (Age 33)
Galesburg, Jasper, Missouri, United States

The Life of Rhoda May

When Rhoda May Smith was born on 8 December 1913, in Galesburg, Jasper, Missouri, United States, her father, Arthur McGivany Smith, was 34 and her mother, Maud May Wardlow, was 26. She married Ralph Marion Strain in 1932, in Webb City, Jasper, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Jasper, Jasper, Missouri, United States in 1920 and Duval Township, Jasper, Missouri, United States in 1930. She died on 15 December 1946, in Carthage, Jasper, Missouri, United States, at the age of 33, and was buried in Park Cemetery, Marion Township, Jasper, Missouri, United States.

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Ralph Marion Strain
Rhoda May Smith
Marriage: 1932
Ralph Strain McGhie

Spouse and Children

    Ralph Marion Strain



Webb City, Jasper, Missouri, United States


    Ralph Strain McGhie


Parents and Siblings



    Viola May Smith


    Mabel Florence Smith


    Arthelia Bell Smith


    Addie Minnie Smith



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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 3

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.

Age 4

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 10

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

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)

  • Rhodie Smith in household of Arthur M Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Rhoda Mcghee in household of Frank Mcghee, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Rhoda M Smith in household of Arthur M Smith, "United States Census, 1920"

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