Cora Ethel Smith

8 August 1881–27 January 1972 (Age 90)
Stockton, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States

The Life of Cora Ethel

When Cora Ethel Smith was born on 8 August 1881, in Stockton, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States, her father, Franklin F. Smith, was 38 and her mother, Lydia Ann Ream, was 24. She married Thomas Lamar Hathorn on 29 September 1906. She lived in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States in 1910 and Oakland, Alameda, California, United States for about 10 years. She died on 27 January 1972, in Concord, Contra Costa, California, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Pacheco, Contra Costa, California, United States.

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Thomas Lamar Hathorn
Cora Ethel Smith
Marriage: 29 September 1906

Spouse and Children

29 September 1906

Parents and Siblings




    Harry Gizbert or Giffert Smith



    Estella Mae Smith


World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.
1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station

Age 10

Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 25

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

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)

  • Cora F Hathorn in household of Thomas L Hathorn, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Cora Smith in household of John Jackson, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Coral Hathom in household of Lydia A Jackson, "United States Census, 1910"

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