Walter B. Smith

1897–1973 (Age 76)
United States

The Life Summary of Walter B.

Walter B. Smith was born in 1897, in United States. He had at least 1 son with Frances Mary Griffeth. He lived in Upland, San Bernardino, California, United States in 1930 and Ontario Judicial Township, San Bernardino, California, United States in 1940. He died in 1973, in California, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Ontario, San Bernardino, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Walter B. Smith
1897–1973
Frances Mary Griffeth
1904–1968
Dale Walter Smith
1925–

Spouse and Children

Children

(1)

World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish
Age 1
After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake
Age 9
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1917
Age 20
U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were 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 also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Smithe
Smither
Smithey
Smyth
Smythe
McGowan
Smead
Faber

Sources (5)

  • Walter B Smith in entry for Bonnie June Smith, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Walter B Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Walter B Smith, "United States Census, 1940"

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