Orson Kirk “O K” Smith

Orson Kirk “O K” Smith

Birth
New York, USA
Death 17 Feb 1871 (aged 50–51)
Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: wagon overturned in ocean, body not recovered
Memorial ID 182643663 · View Source
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Orson Kirk Smith, "O K" born in New York, parents Zira and Anna Hatch Smith," O K" Smith came to Salt Lake City by wagon train about 1849, came to the Sacramento/Stockton area around 1850. married Rowena Mitchell June 4 1851, the daughter of Consider Mitchell, near Stockton. Orson and Rowena moved down to Fresno, and Tulare area, and was a great influence while there. Orson and Rowena moved to Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County area in 1866. Orson also had a ranch up on the south side of the San Simeon Creek area. Now probably part of the Hearst Castle Ranch. Orson was driving his spring wagon to San Luis Obispo City on County business, when he made a mistake and drove along the beach, commonly called at the time Beach Road, only a good road at low tide, to get around a creek, called Old Creek near Cayucos, see picture taken 2019, somehow the wagon got stuck or overturned by the surf. The wagon and some county papers were found just north of Morro Rock. "See Morro Rock in the distance" The body and two horses per the newspaper articles were never found. His brother Zira Bruce Smith came up from Arroyo Grande to look for him and stayed to help with the deceased personal matters. Orson Kirk Smith, survived by his wife Rowena, but no children. These photos taken April 2019, area where Orson entered the beach to go across Old Creek, and go along the beach toward Morro Rock, in the distance. Old Creek has a Dam built about a mile up the Creek for water for Cayucos, and Morro Bay, this creek in Feb. would have a lot more water flowing and very dangerous. I believe the beach picture is possible area, probably where the point in picture goes near the beach, where he went to close to the water and a wave overtook him. The map added by Werner Howald has two red dots, that show the area where O K's property was.


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  • Created by: Joseph Coulson
  • Added: 22 Aug 2017
  • Find a Grave Memorial 182643663
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Orson Kirk “O K” Smith (1820–17 Feb 1871), Find a Grave Memorial no. 182643663, ; Maintained by Joseph Coulson (contributor 47527906) Body lost at sea, who reports a wagon overturned in ocean, body not recovered.