George Hans Smith

8 October 1890–26 August 1977 (Age 86)
Clifton, Iroquois, Illinois, United States

The Life of George Hans

When George Hans Smith was born on 8 October 1890, in Clifton, Iroquois, Illinois, United States, his father, Christian W. Smith, was 37 and his mother, Annie Kristina Madison, was 29. He married Eulalia Elizabeth "Helen" Altmyer on 25 January 1911, in Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois, United States for about 30 years. He died on 26 August 1977, in Kankakee, Illinois, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois, United States.

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George Hans Smith
Eulalia Elizabeth "Helen" Altmyer
Marriage: 25 January 1911
Mary Johanna Smith
Violet Louise Smith
Robert George Smith Sr

Spouse and Children

25 January 1911
Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1892 · The Chicago Canal

Age 2

The Chicago River Canal was built as a sewage treatment scheme to help the city's drinking water not to get contaminated. While the Canal was being constructed the Chicago River's flow was reversed so it could be treated before draining back out into Lake Michigan.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

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.
1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 23

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.

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)

  • George Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • George H Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Jergen H Smith in household of Christ Smith, "United States Census, 1900"

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