Richard Wendel Smith

Male11 February 1918–14 February 2005

Brief Life History of Richard Wendel

When Richard Wendel Smith was born on 11 February 1918, in Aurora, Kane, Illinois, United States, his father, Frank Edwin Smith, was 30 and his mother, Anna Abigail Adams, was 29. He married Phoebe Downing on 14 November 1943, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States. He lived in Pottsville, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States in 1935 and Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York, United States in 1940. He died on 14 February 2005, in San Juan, Washington, United States, at the age of 87.

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Richard Wendel Smith
1918–2005
Phoebe Downing
1918–2004
Marriage: 14 November 1943

Sources (6)

  • Richard W Smith in household of Frank C Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Richard Wendel Smith, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
  • Richard W Smith in entry for Mr Robert K Smith, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 November 1943Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (3)

    World Events (8)

    1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

    Age 1

    The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

    1919 · Seattle General Strike

    Age 1

    The Seattle general strike was a five day strike in 1919, where around 65,000 workers began striking for higher wages. This happened two years after WWI  wage controls.

    1941

    Age 23

    Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

    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.

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