Thomas Walsh Smith

28 November 1882–about 1954 (Age 71)
Lake Township, Wright, Iowa, United States

The Life of Thomas Walsh

When Thomas Walsh Smith was born on 28 November 1882, in Lake Township, Wright, Iowa, United States, his father, Thomas Walter Smith, was 42 and his mother, Luana Harvey, was 38. He had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with Catherine Florena Bergan. He lived in Collins Township, McLeod, Minnesota, United States for about 5 years. He died about 1954, in Washington, District of Columbia, United States, at the age of 72.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Walsh Smith
1882–1954
Catherine Florena Bergan
1878–1945
Rose Marie Smith
1901–1988
Paul Aloysus Smith
1904–

Spouse and Children

    Male1882–1954Male

    Catherine Florena Bergan

    Female1878–1945Female

children

(2)

    Female1901–1988Female

    Paul Aloysus Smith

    Male1904–Male

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(3)

World Events (8)

1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 2

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1887 · Monotype Type-Casting Machine

Age 5

June 7, 1887, Tolbert Lanston patented his Monotype machine. It typed individual characters instead of lines like the Linotype machine.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 19

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

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)

  • Thomas W Smith Junior in household of James Gilhousen, "Minnesota State Census, 1895"
  • W Thomas Smith in household of W Thomas Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Thomas W Smith, "United States Census, 1940"

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