Forrest Rodman Smith

3 August 1890–27 July 1955 (Age 64)
Graefenburg, Shelby, Kentucky, United States

The Life Summary of Forrest Rodman

When Forrest Rodman Smith was born on 3 August 1890, in Graefenburg, Shelby, Kentucky, United States, his father, Louis Henry Smith, was 38 and his mother, Mary Louise Green, was 33. He married Elizabeth Caroline Schmidt on 16 February 1914, in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He registered for military service in 1919. In 1955, his occupation is listed as policeman in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. He died on 27 July 1955, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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Forrest Rodman Smith
Elizabeth Caroline Schmidt
Marriage: 16 February 1914
Rodman Smith

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World Events (8)

1892 · The Chicago Canal
Age 2
The Chicago River Canal was built as a sewage treatment scheme to help the city's drinking water not to get contaminated. While the Canal was being constructed the Chicago River's flow was reversed so it could be treated before draining back out into Lake Michigan.
1892 · The Masonic Temple Building
Age 2
The Masonic Temple Building was a skyscraper built in Chicago and from 1895 to 1920 it was the tallest building in Chicago. The building featured a central court surrounded by shops on nine floors. On top of the shops there were meeting rooms that were also used as theaters. In 1939 the Masonic Temple was demolished, and a Walgreens drug store was erected in its place. 
1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed
Age 18
Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.

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 (20)

  • Forest Smith, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Forrest R Smith, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Forrest Rodman Smith, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"

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