Gladys Helen Smith

10 February 1896–24 March 1971 (Age 75)
California, United States

The Life Summary of Gladys Helen

When Gladys Helen Smith was born on 10 February 1896, in California, United States, her father, Thomas Walter Smith, was 22 and her mother, Anna Matilda DeSimone, was 19. She had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with John William “Jack" Wright. She died on 24 March 1971, in Santa Clara, California, United States, at the age of 75.

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Family Time Line

John William “Jack" Wright
1895–1953
Gladys Helen Smith
1896–1971
Jeanne Coudre Wright
1922–1999
Richard Walter Wright
1931–2021

Spouse and Children

Children

(2)

Parents and Siblings

Siblings

(1)

World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish
Age 2
After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake
Age 10
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress
Age 20
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.

Possible Related Names

Blacksmith
Gowan
Nesmith
Smithe
Smithson
Smyth
Smythe

Sources (10)

  • Wright in household of John W Wright, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Gladys Wright in household of John Wright, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Gladys Wright in household of John W Wright, "United States Census, 1930"

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