Rodman Smith

7 June 1917–9 April 1977 (Age 59)
Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Rodman

When Rodman Smith was born on 7 June 1917, in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States, his father, Forrest Rodman Smith, was 26 and his mother, Elizabeth Caroline Schmidt, was 20. He married Alpha Lucile Woolley on 24 June 1948. He registered for military service in 1942. In 1950, at the age of 59, his occupation is listed as magnetic inspector, magnetic operator in Los Angeles, California, United States. He died on 9 April 1977, in Bellflower, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Rodman Smith
Alpha Lucile Woolley
Marriage: 24 June 1948

Spouse and Children

24 June 1948

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World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1919 · The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

Age 2

During the Chicago race riot, which was raised by racial conflicts throughout Chicago, thirty-eight people died (23 black and 15 white) and over five hundred were injured. It is considered the worst of the approximately 25 riots during the Red Summer and was the worst race riot in Illinois.
1933 · A Century of Progress World's Fair

Age 16

The city of Chicago was presented another chance to host a World's Fair. It was to commemorate the 100 years of the City's existence. 

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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Memories of Dad

Since mom worked most weekday evenings and on Saturdays, I often spent time with dad. He was an avid bike rider for several years. Several times I was able to go out on bike rides with him. We rode …

Sources (3)

  • Rodman Smith in household of William W Cardwell, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Rodman Smith in household of William W Cardwell, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Rodman Smith in household of Forrest Smith, "United States Census, 1940"

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