George Donald Smith

6 November 1924–26 January 1996 (Age 71)
Elkhart, Concord Township, Elkhart, Indiana, United States

The Life of George Donald

When George Donald Smith was born on 6 November 1924, in Elkhart, Concord Township, Elkhart, Indiana, United States, his father, Ira M Smith, was 24 and his mother, Frances Seal Priser, was 23. He died on 26 January 1996, in his hometown, at the age of 71, and was buried in Elkhart, Concord Township, Elkhart, Indiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ira M Smith
1899–
Frances Seal Priser
1901–1977
Walter Devon Smith
1922–1995
George Donald Smith
1924–1996
Marion Clyde Smith
1925–1990

Parents and Siblings

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World Events (8)

1927

Age 3

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1929

Age 5

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 20

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

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)

  • George D Smith in household of Elmer F Gall, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mr George D Smith, "Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006"
  • George D Smith, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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