Pearl Opal Smith

Female14 January 1922–19 March 2000

Brief Life History of Pearl Opal

When Pearl Opal Smith was born on 14 January 1922, in Wheeler, Charles Mix, South Dakota, United States, her father, Cecil Clarence Smith, was 17 and her mother, Clara Belle Ralston, was 16. She lived in La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States in 1930. She died on 19 March 2000, in Lake Andes, Charles Mix, South Dakota, United States, at the age of 78.

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Family Time Line

Cecil Clarence Smith
1904–1992
Clara Belle Ralston
1905–1973
Pearl Opal Smith
1922–2000
Lloyd Cleone Smith
1924–1995

Sources (2)

  • Pearl Smith in household of Cecil Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Pearl Opal Edith Smith, "United States, Social Security Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT), 1936-2007"

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Siblings (2)

World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 1

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

1932 · Wisconsin Passes First Unemployment Compensation Law

Age 10

The nation's first unemployment compensation law was passed in Wisconsin on January 28, 1932.

1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 22

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

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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