Individual Record 1565

Name}   Smith, Gertrude Marie (Gertie) Family History} Olson                 
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Female
Birth:   Date} Fam  3 Feb 1910 Place}     , Ottawa, Kansas
Marr.: Date} Fam 26 Aug 1933 Place} Lexington, Lafayette, Missouri     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa  11 Apr 1986 Place} Minneapolis, Ottawa, Kansas
Burial: Date} Aft  11 Apr 1986 Place} Highland Cemetery, Minneapolis, Ottawa, Kansas
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1} 394 = Letter
Source 2} 385 = Letter
Source 3} 396 = Geog history
Source 4} 413 = 1910 USA cen
Source 5} 1178=1915 KS cen
Source 6} 512 = 1920 USA cen
Source 7} 1178=1925 KS cen
Source 8} 1183=1930 USA cen
Source 9} 500 = Obituary
Source 10} 1619=1940 USA cen
Source 11}1185=Obituary
Source 12}549 = S.S. record
Source 13}1614=Cemetery rec
Source 14}1658=Newspaper
Parents: } Horace True Smith & Elizabeth Jane Haley
   Relationship No.} 537
1st Household No.} 123 = Logan Twp., Ottawa, Kansas
      Occupation 1} School teacher
       Occupation 2} Housewife
  Religion/Church} Methodist
Spouses:   Prime} McKain, Archie Richard (Hap)
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  Gertrude Marie Smith (Gertie) was born 3 Feb 1910 in Ottawa County, Kansas.  Her parents were Horace True Smith and Elizabeth Jane Haley.  Her five older siblings were Rupert, born in Nov 1898, Ruth, Jul 1901, Florence, Jun 1903, Esther, Aug 1905, and Lester, Feb 1908.
In the 1910 U.S. census, the family was living in Logan Twp., Ottawa, Kansas.  Her father Horace was a grain farmer.  In the 1915 Kansas census, the family was living in Sheridan Twp., Ottawa, Kansas.  Her last sister Dorothy had been born in 1912.  In the 1920 U.S. census, Sheridan Twp., the children at home were Florence, 16, Esther, 14, Lester, 11, Gertrude, 9, and Dorothy, 7, all in school.

In the 1925 U.S. census, Logan Twp., Gertrude's sister Florence was teaching school, and the younger children were in school.  In the 1930 U.S. census, Logan Twp., Esther was a saleswoman in general merchandise, Lester a laborer and farmer, Gertrude, a public school teacher, and Dorothy, in school.  In the 1930 U.S. census, Gertrude is also enumerated as living with her sister, Florence and her husband Samuel Bergsten in Logan Twp.

Gertrude married Archie Richard McKain (Hap) on 26 Aug 1933 in Lexington, Lafayette, Missouri, after a five-year courtship.  Originally a farmer, Archie was a professional baseball pitcher.  Beginning in 1930, Archie spent seven years in the minor leagues, then six seasons in the major leagues.  This included the Boston Red Sox (1937 - 1938), the Detroit Tigers (1939 - 1941), and the St. Louis Browns (1941 - 1943).  Gertrude made scrapbooks of his newspaper clippings.  Their first son was born in Cambridge, when Archie was with the Red Sox.

In the 1940 U.S. census, Gertrude, 30, and Archie, 28, with their son Jackie R., 1, are enumerated in Minneapolis, Ottawa, Kansas.  They were in living at 515 Concord, the same house as in 1935.  Elizabeth A. Corl, 67, an aunt, was living with the family.  Gertrude had completed four years of high school.  Their second son Thomas was born in 1941.  Archie retired to their home in Minneapolis, Kansas, to farm and do carpentry in 1943.

Archie died 21 May 1985.  Gertrude died 11 Apr 1986.  They are buried together in the Highland Cemetery, Minneapolis, Kansas.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social} Eastern Star
Baptism Date}   Place}    
Confirm. Date}   Photos} None
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade} High school, 4 yrs. or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                                      for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated} 21 Aug 2014
Date Created}  23 Aug 1993
Copyright © 2014 by Karen L. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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