Ida May Smith

Indiana, United States

The Life of Ida May

When Ida May Smith was born in 1879, in Indiana, United States, her father, John K. Smith, was 51 and her mother, Phoebe Pritchard, was 37. She married Claude Ellsworth Gossman on 28 October 1908, in Marion, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Wabash Township, Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States in 1920 and West Lafayette, Wabash Township, Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States for about 10 years.

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Claude Ellsworth Gossman
Ida May Smith
Marriage: 28 October 1908
Marian Maryland Gossman
John K Gossman
Claudine V Gossman

Spouse and Children

28 October 1908
Marion, Indiana, United States


    Marian Maryland Gossman


    John K Gossman


    Claudine V Gossman


Parents and Siblings


    Phoebe Pritchard




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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 2

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

Age 27

The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.
1910 · The BSA is Made

Age 31

Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.

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 ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ida Gossman in household of Claude Gossman, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ida M Gossman in household of Claude E Gossman, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ida Smith in household of J K Smith, "United States Census, 1880"

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