Grace Ellen Smith

31 October 1901–15 January 1984 (Age 82)
Jefferson Township, Polk, Iowa, United States

The Life of Grace Ellen

When Grace Ellen Smith was born on 31 October 1901, in Jefferson Township, Polk, Iowa, United States, her father, Harrison Ellsworth Smith, was 38 and her mother, Nettie DeGood, was 35. She married James Hummell " Red" Odum on 1 June 1925. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 15 January 1984, in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa, United States.

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James Hummell " Red" Odum
Grace Ellen Smith
Marriage: 1 June 1925
Raymond Eugene Odum

Spouse and Children

1 June 1925


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World Events (8)

1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 1

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 12

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 22

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

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)

  • Grace Odum in household of J H Odum, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Grace E Smith in household of Nettie Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Grace E Smith in household of Hanson E Smith, "United States Census, 1910"

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