Charles Winfield Smith

Male10 December 1880–29 September 1931

Brief Life History of Charles Winfield

When Charles Winfield Smith was born on 10 December 1880, in Derby, Lucas, Iowa, United States, his father, John Wesley Smith, was 55 and his mother, Ellen Rebecca Lott, was 45. He married Florence G Ragan on 19 August 1919, in Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States. He died on 29 September 1931, in Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States, at the age of 50, and was buried in Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States.

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Charles Winfield Smith
1880–1931
Florence G Ragan
1881–
Marriage: 19 August 1919

Sources (9)

  • Charles Winfield Smith, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • Charles W. Smith, "Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992"
  • Charles Winfield Smith, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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  • Marriage
    19 August 1919Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (8)

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

    Age 1

    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.

    1885 · The First Skyscraper

    Age 5

    The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Age 16

    A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

    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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