Jasper Newton Smith

23 August 1898–18 September 1985 (Age 87)
Missouri, United States

The Life of Jasper Newton

When Jasper Newton Smith was born on 23 August 1898, in Missouri, United States, his father, William Wesley Smith, was 54 and his mother, Louisa Tatum, was 32. He lived in Jackson, Missouri, United States in 1910 and Rock Grove Township, Floyd, Iowa, United States in 1930. He died on 18 September 1985, in Forest City, Winnebago, Iowa, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Hancock, Iowa, United States.

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Jasper Newton Smith
1898–1985
Gertrude Mae Anderson
1909–

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1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 2

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 6

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 24

The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.

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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  • Jasper N Smith in household of William Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Jasper N Smith in household of Louisa Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Jasper Smith in household of William W Smith, "United States Census, 1910"

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