Floyd Gene Smith

16 December 1924–1986 (Age 61)
Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States

The Life of Floyd Gene

When Floyd Gene Smith was born on 16 December 1924, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, his father, Lawrence O. Smith, was 29 and his mother, Etna Pearl Mateer, was 19. He lived in Sand Creek Township, Union, Iowa, United States in 1930 and Afton, Union, Iowa, United States for about 5 years. He registered for military service in 1943. He died in 1986, in Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States.

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Lawrence O. Smith
Etna Pearl Mateer
Floyd Gene Smith

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    Lawrence O. Smith





World Events (8)


Age 3

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 16

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind guests came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.

Age 17

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

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)

  • Floyd G Smith in household of Lenn C Palmer, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Floyd Smith in household of L C Palmer, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Floyd G Smith in household of John Mateer, "Iowa State Census, 1925"

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