|Birth: ||Oct. 3, 1896|
|Death: ||Jun. 17, 1956|
Los Angeles County
Biography of Clarence Smith (1897-1956), Son of Albert and Alice Ennett (Ellis) Smith
- by Gloria Horsey, granddaughter
Clarence Smith was born October 3, 1897 in Adair County, Missouri, to Albert Smith and Alice Ennett (Ellis). He grew up on a 142 acre farm about 2 miles southwest of Kirksville, Missouri, on what is now Boundary Street, on the way to the small village of Troy Mills. This farm was owned by his maternal uncle Augustus M. Ellis who never married and lived with his mother, Clarence's grandmother, Eleanor (Thompson) Ellis. They were all in a farming partnership together. According to Donald Robb, Clarence's cousin, Clarence's parents and uncle had beautiful milk cows and leghorn chickens. They bought the first Fordson tractor in the area with the old iron wheels.
The 1900 census of Benton Township, Adair County, Missouri, shows:
Gus Ellis, 48, head
Alenor [Eleanor], 68, mother
Albert Smith, 26, head
Aunett [Alice Ennett], 25, wife
Clarance, 2, son
The 1910 census of Benton Township, Adair County, Missouri:
Smith, Albert, 35
Smith, Ennett, 34, wife
Smith, Clarence, 12, son
Ellis, Ellenor, 75, mother-in-law
Ellis, August, 56, bro-in-law
Clarence Smith married Gertrude Dove Floyd (also known as Gertie) February 3, 1917 in Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri. On June 6, 1918 they had a son named Harold Clarence Smith who died of bronchial asthma on September 2, 1919. He was buried in Ownbey Cemetery which was very near their home in rural Kirksville, Missouri. Albert and Alice Ennett Smith, and Eleanor and Uncle Gus Ellis were also eventually buried there, as well as Alice's brother John Ellis and family.
1920 Census for Benton Township, Adair County, Missouri:
Smith, Albert Head, 45
Smith, Alice A, wife, 44
Smith, Clarance A. son, 22
Smith, Gertrude D. daughter-in-law, 22
Ellis, Agustus M brother-in-law, 67
Clarence's mother Alice died in 1928. Probably around that time, Clarence and Gertrude moved into the town of Kirksville, Missouri. On June 2,1922, Thelma June Smith was born. By 1930, Clarence's father, Albert Smith, was also living with them, probably since his wife Alice had died. The 1930 Census shows them living on Franklin Street and Clarence is listed as being a shop foreman for a garage in town.
1930 census, Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri:
Smith, Albert head, 54
Smith, Clarence, son, 30
Smith, Gertrude, daughter-in-law, 31
Smith, Thelma, granddaughter, 7
According to Donald Robb and Gertrude Smith, Clarence loved to play billiards. He also smoked cigars as I remember and as seen in photos. According to Donald Robb, Clarence was employed as a salesman which involved traveling out of town most of the week. I do not know if he worked as a salesman before the 1930 census while living on the farm or after 1930 while living in Kirksville. These census do not show him working as a salesman.
According to their daughter, Thelma, Clarence and Gertrude were divorced or separated because of another woman, and Clarence Smith apparently moved to California sometime after 1930 without his family and got a job at Lockheed Aircraft.
After Clarence left, Gertrude went to work for Dave Whiteside at the White Cabin Restaurant on the corner of Jefferson and Elson Streets in Kirksville, Missouri. Donald Robb states that she baked the best pies in the area and admits to eating many a slice of pie that Gertrude baked. Gertrude told me that she would get up at 4:00 a.m. and go to work and have all the pies baked before the restaurant opened. By 1937 Gertrude and Thelma were living at 515 E. Elm Street in Kirksville, according to her Social Security card appliction.
Gertrude came out to California with daughter Thelma, soon after Thelma married James Maxwell Barclay on August 28, 1941. Clarence and Gertrude reunited sometime after Gertrude arrived, and they lived together in Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, California. Albert Smith, Clarence's father, also went to California and lived with them for a number of years.
I remember they had a green parakeet who flew around the house and sat on Clarence's shoulder while he read the Sunday paper. Also, they had a cocker spaniel named Puddles who was poisoned one night and died.
Clarence died of a heart attack on Father's Day, June 17, 1956. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
Albert Smith (1874 - 1968)
Alice Ennett Ellis Smith (1876 - 1928)
Gertrude Dove Floyd Smith (1896 - 1983)
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Los Angeles County
Plot: Meditation, Lot 553, Space 2
Created by: Blytha & Donald Ellis
Record added: Jan 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83316670