Leo Frances Smith

7 February 1893–27 December 1985 (Age 92)
Rice Lake, Barron, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Leo Frances

When Leo Frances Smith was born on 7 February 1893, in Rice Lake, Barron, Wisconsin, United States, his father, John F Smith, was 35 and his mother, Sarah Jane Reed, was 17. He had at least 2 sons with Wilma Josephine Vallie. He lived in Douglas, Wisconsin, United States in 1905 and Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States in 1920. He died on 27 December 1985, in Cloquet, Carlton, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Cloquet, Carlton, Minnesota, United States.

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Family Time Line

Leo Frances Smith
Wilma Josephine Vallie
Burton F Smith
Clayton John Smith

Spouse and Children



    Burton F Smith


    Clayton John Smith


Parents and Siblings

    John F Smith







    Hugh R Smith


    Lester M Smith


    Gertrude Irene Smith


World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

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.
1898 · The Kensington Runestone

Age 5

A Swedish man, Olof Ohman, was farming on his land when he came across a 202-pound rock slab that had strange writing on it. Convinced it was proof that Scandinavian explorers came to that area before Columbus found the Americas, he had it looked at by scholars and linguists to find its translation. There has been a drawn-out debate on the stone's authenticity, with a scholarly consensus that classifies it as a hoax and the community which is convinced that it is authentic.

Age 24

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

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)

  • Leo Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Leo Smith in household of John Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Leo F Smith, "United States Census, 1920"

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