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Charles Fredrick Smithson
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Birth: Oct. 16, 1880
San Bernardino
San Bernardino County
California, USA
Death: Dec. 6, 1967
San Bernardino County
California, USA


C.F. (Fred) Smithson, a lifetime San Bernardino resident whose life story reflected the color of the old Southwest, died yesterday morning at a Los Angeles hospital.

Smithson, 79, a native of San Bernardino, served for nearly a half century as a law enforcement officer and special agent for the Santa Fe Railroad.

His career, spanning from 1907 through 1955, brought him into contact with some of the most notorious criminals in the history of San Bernardino.

A part of the private police force hired to protect the passengers and freight of the railroad, Smithson tracked the men who caused the famous railroad wrecks of the early 20th century.

His pursuits took him across the deserts of California and Arizona as he served as a Special Deputy under the more than a dozen sheriffs.

Smithson's parents were early developers of the valley and surrounding mountains. His father, John B. Smithson, came to San Bernardino in 1850.

Smithson retired from Santa Fe service in 1955 to open the Crystal Delicatessen in San Bernardino. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 348

Survivors include the widow, Lela A., a son, Fred B. and a sister, Mrs. Lena McGarvey, all of San Bernardino, three grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 1 P.M. tomorrow at Bobbitt Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Mt. View Cemetery,. Friends may call the chapel after noon today

Family links: 
  John Bartley Smithson (1841 - 1910)
  Jane Cadd Smithson (1851 - 1933)
  Lela Agnes McCrary Smithson (1888 - 1977)
  Fredrick Wayne Smithson (1918 - 1991)*
  Thomas Allen Smithson (1866 - 1938)*
  John Bartley Smithson (1868 - 1935)*
  Effie Jane Smithson Campbell (1877 - 1963)*
  William Francis Smithson (1878 - 1907)*
  Charles Fredrick Smithson (1880 - 1967)
  Adolphus Henry Smithson (1880 - 1949)*
  George Alma Smithson (1882 - 1967)*
  Mary Ellen Smithson Patterson (1883 - 1910)*
  Eleanore May Smithson McGarvey (1886 - 1969)*
*Calculated relationship
Mountain View Cemetery
San Bernardino
San Bernardino County
California, USA
Plot: Lawn 4, Space 2126
Created by: Sandi
Record added: Nov 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44012243
Charles Fredrick Smithson
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Charles Fredrick Smithson
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My great-uncle
- Carole McGarvey-Siebert
 Added: Jul. 31, 2015

- Lynda Davis Parker
 Added: Apr. 10, 2015
This would be my Great Grandfather. God Bless ~
- Jennifer Smithson-Walton
 Added: Jul. 21, 2013
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