Emma Lou Smith

28 October 1914–22 August 2003 (Age 88)
Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States

The Life of Emma Lou

When Emma Lou Smith was born on 28 October 1914, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, her father, Henry Llewellyn Smith, was 36 and her mother, Clara O. Spaulding, was 36. She married Norman Oliver Dalrymple on 10 January 1947, in Elkhart, Elkhart, Indiana, United States. She lived in Caro, Tuscola, Michigan, United States in 1930 and Almer Township, Tuscola, Michigan, United States in 1940. She died on 22 August 2003, in Saginaw, Saginaw, Michigan, United States, at the age of 88.

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Norman Oliver Dalrymple
Emma Lou Smith
Marriage: 10 January 1947

Spouse and Children

10 January 1947
Elkhart, Elkhart, Indiana, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Henry Llewellyn Smith





World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

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.
1917 · The U.S. Army Spruce Production Division

Age 3

Thousands of soldiers were assigned to the U.S. Army Spruce Production Division to provide wood for airplanes and ships during World War I. Poor working conditions in 1917 caused the men to strike which slowed the logging production in the area. The demands of the strikers were rejected by the lumber companies. As the need was ever-present for lumber during the war, the government stationed soldiers to do the work. Over 230 spruce soldier camps were built and occupied throughout the Pacific Northwest at this time. 

Age 27

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

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)

  • Emma Lou Smith in household of Clara Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Emma Lou Smith in household of Eugene O Spaulding, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Emma Smith in household of John M Smith, "United States Census, 1920"

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