Edith May Smith

May 1888–1985 (Age 96)
South Dakota, United States

The Life of Edith May

When Edith May Smith was born in May 1888, in South Dakota, United States, her father, David Clarence Smith, was 31 and her mother, Alice C Underhill, was 32. She lived in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States in 1900 and Modesto, Stanislaus, California, United States in 1910. She died in 1985, at the age of 97.

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David Clarence Smith
Alice C Underhill
Myrtle Clyda Smith
Edith May Smith
Clarence L Smith
Percy Milton Smith
Nellie B Smith

Parents and Siblings

    David Clarence Smith


    Alice C Underhill




    Myrtle Clyda Smith



    Clarence L Smith



    Nellie B Smith


World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 2

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station

Age 3

Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 28

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

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)

  • Edith M Smith in household of Horace C Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Edith Smith in household of David C Smith, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Edith Smith, "South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2014"

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