Individual Record 1590

Name}   Smith, Oscar James Family History} Olson                 
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Fam 31 Jul 1879* Place} Logan Twp., Ottawa, Kansas
Marr.: Date} Exa 12 Nov 1901 Place} Minneapolis, Ottawa, Kansas     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa  3 Oct 1933 Place} Ottawa County, Kansas
Burial: Date} Exa  5 Oct 1933 Place} Highland Cemetery, Minneapolis, Ottawa, Kansas
  Grave Marker} Yes  &
Source 1} 396 = Geog history
Source 2} 394 = Letter
Source 3} 303 = 1880 USA cen
Source 4} 1178=1885 KS cen
Source 5} 359 = 1900 USA cen
Source 6} 403 = Marriage rec
Source 7} 1178=1905 KS cen
Source 8} 413 = 1910 USA cen
Source 9} 400 = Newspaper
Source 10} 1178=1915 KS cen
Source 11} 845 = Military rec
Source 12} 414 = 1920 USA cen
Source 13} 1178=1925 KS cen
Source 14}1180=1930 USA cen
Source 15}500 = Obituary
Source 16}363 = Cemetery rec
Source 17}397 = Cemetery rec
Source 18}963 = Cemetery rec
Source 19}  
Parents: } James Elijah Smith & Mary Elizabeth Pearson
      Household No.} 129
1st Household No.} 129 = Logan Twp., Ottawa, Kansas
      Occupation 1} Farmer
       Occupation 2} Auto mechanic
Spouses:   Prime} Haley, Ethel G.
                              Unknown, Clara E.
 Total Number of} 2
Notes:  Oscar James Smith was born 31 Jul 1879* in Logan Twp., Ottawa County, Kansas.  He was the fifth of nine children of James Elige Smith and Mary Elizabeth Pierson.  In 1878, they brought their oldest four children to Kansas, settling on a farm in Logan Twp., Ottawa County.  These included Cora Bell, Horace, Nellie and Emma.  Oscar was born in 1878 in Kansas, followed by Dock, Perry, Adolphous, and Mary.

Oscar married Ethel G. Haley on 12 Nov 1901 in Minneapolis, Ottawa, Kansas.  J.F. Scherer, a Minister of the Gospel, performed the ceremony.  Oscar was 23 years of age and Ethel was 5 years younger.
Oscar was a farmer, and they started out farming in Logan Twp., Ottawa County.  Together they had five children.  Velna was born about 1903, Clement on 2 Feb 1905, and Bernice, a son, in 1908.  Their son Darrel was born 5 Jul 1911, but died 23 Jul 1912.  A daughter Maurine was born 25 Jun 1913, but died 27 Jul 1913.

In the 1915 Kansas State census, Oscar, Ethel, and their three living children were farming in Blaine Twp., Ottawa County.  When Oscar registered for the World War I draft in 1918, he listed his address as Minneapolis, the closest town.  He was described as being tall, of medium build, with blue eyes and brown hair. By the 1920 U.S. census, they had moved to Center Twp., Ottawa.

Ethel died 12 Nov 1926 on their 25th Wedding Anniversary.  She had been ill for some time.  In the 1930 U.S. census, Oscar J. Smith, with all of the right age and parentage statistics, is reported living in Minneapolis, with a wife named Clara E. Smith.  They are both listed as being 50 years old, with different ages at their "age at first marriage".  It is therefore probable that Oscar remarried after the death of Ethel.  He is listed as being an automobile mechanic, which might be consistent with experience working on farm machinery.  They were living at 423 West Fifth, Minneapolis.  The home was owned by Oscar, and they were renting to George and Cecil Doll and their young daughter Marilyn.  Oscar died 3 Oct 1933, and is buried in the Highland Cemetery, Minneapolis, Kansas, with his first wife Ethel.

*The birthdate of Oscar Smith is taken from his WWI Draft Registration Card.  The Highland Cemetery's index card (Source No. 363) gives no birthdate, but an approximate age at death as 55 years.  Thus his headstone giving 1878 as the birth year may be incorrect.
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Education: Grade}                               or Top 2 Degrees}  
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by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated}   6 Nov 2014
Date Created}  18 Jul  2004
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