Retha Ann Smith

5 July 1901–12 June 1976 (Age 74)
Yellville, Marion, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Retha Ann

When Retha Ann Smith was born on 5 July 1901, in Yellville, Marion, Arkansas, United States, her father, Riley Wilson Smith, was 31 and her mother, Martha Jane "Mollie" Wilsher, was 24. She married Marvin Thaddeus Chaney on 22 August 1920, in Okfuskee, Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Okemah, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, United States in 1920 and Creek Township, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, United States in 1940. She died on 12 June 1976, in Seminole, Seminole, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Prague, Lincoln, Oklahoma, United States.

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Marvin Thaddeus Chaney
Retha Ann Smith
Marriage: 22 August 1920
Mildred Eva Chaney

Spouse and Children

22 August 1920
Okfuskee, Oklahoma, United States


    Mildred Eva Chaney


Parents and Siblings


    Martha Jane "Mollie" Wilsher




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World Events (8)

1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 1

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.
1904 · William H. Fuller Grows 70 Acres of Rice

Age 3

Rice is one Arkansas leading crops, in 1904 William H. Fuller planted 70 acres of rice, this act is what started the making rice the leading crop in Arkansas.
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 20

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 

Name Meaning

Anglo-Saxon: Smidh, anyone who strikes with a hammer, an artificer, a carpenter, a smith, a workman

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Sources (3)

  • Annie Smith in household of R W Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Anna R. Chaney in household of Marvin P. Chaney, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Annie Smith in household of Riley Smith, "United States Census, 1910"

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