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Pioneer Memorial Cemetery ~ Joseph Leo Smith
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Smith, Joseph Leo
LAST: Smith FIRST: Joseph MID: Leo
BORN: 16 Jul 1862 DIED: 9 Feb 1955 BURIED: 11 Feb 1955
OCCUPATION:  Farmer; Carpenter
BIRTH PLACE:  Missouri
DEATH PLACE: Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon
MARRIAGE - "Joseph L. Smith, over 25 & Ettie Parker, over 18, m 13 May 1888 at house of & by T. H. Hayes, J. P. Aff: Harry Shields. Wit: Curt Stafford & Addie Ritchey #3515 pg 537".
1900 OR CENSUS - Joseph Smith, age 36, ocupation farmer, b. Jul 1863 in Missouri, is enumerated with his wife of 12 years, Ettie, age 27, mother of 7 children 6 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Jan 1873 in Oregon, along with Vida, age 10, b. Aug 1889 in Oregon, Orrie, age 7, b. Feb 1893 in Oregon, Ural, age 5, b. Apr 1895 in Oregon, and Everett, age 10 months, b. July 1899 in Oregon. Also enumerated with the family is Elsie Smith, identified as mother [of Joseph], age 65, widowed, b. Mar 1835 in Missouri, and Ronald Esson, identifed as a boarder, age 24, occupation day laborer, b. Jan 1876 in Oregon.
1910 CENSUS - Joseph L. Smith, age 47, farmer, b. Missouri, is enumerated with his wife of 22 years, Etta, age 37, the mother of 10 children, 8 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Oregon, along with Vida, age 19, Orris, age 17, Ural, age 14, Everett, age 10, Marie, age 8, Mina, age 6, Ruth, age 4, and Douglas, age 2, all born in Oregon. Also enumerated with the family is Jane Smith identified as mother [of Joseph], age 79. b. Missouri.
DISCREPANCY: year of birth is given as 1862 on marker, as 1863 in 1900 census record.
"Joseph L. Smith, who is the owner of a fine farm of two hundred and ten acres, located twelve miles north of Salem, was born in Boone county, Missouri, July 16, 1862. He was the son of Jacob M. and Elsie A. (Self) Smith, both of whom were natives of Missouri and resided in that state until 1881 when they came to Oregon, settling on a homestead in Marion county, where they lived until the father’s death in 1897. The mother is still living at the home of her son, Joseph L., and she has reached the advanced age of seventy-nine years. To them were born thirteen children, none of whom are now living. They are: Mrs. Bettie Coleman, of Marion county, Oregon; Mrs. Tobitha Lamm, of Oregon; Mrs. Ellen Helvey and Elijah, both residents of Marion county; Mrs. Julia Ann Hall, of Vancouver, Washington; Joseph L.; Mrs. Agnes Jones, of Clackamas county, Oregon; Jacob M., of Vancouver, Washington; and Mrs. May Hunter, of Salem, Oregon. Those who are deceased are Thomas M., Sterling P., John H., and W. J.
Joseph L. Smith was educated in the public schools and remained under the parental roof until he was twenty-five years of age. At that time, starting out in life for himself, he was employed for six years in farm work and them began taking contracts for logging, following this business in connection with sawmill work until 1901. In that year he bought his resent tract of land of two hundred an ten acres, which in now in the best improved condition, on hundred and twenty acres of it being under a high state of cultivation. He also owns an interest in his father’s estate.
Mr. Smith was wedded in 1888 to Miss Etta E. Parker, who was born in Marion county, Oregon, January 19, 1873, a daughter of Steven A. D. and Sarah A. Skeene Parker, the father a native of Missouri and the mother of Oregon. Mrs. Smith passed away on the 17th of March, 1912, in California, whither she had gone in the hope of benefiting her health. Her parents were married in the state of Washington and soon after came to Oregon, where the father is still living on a small farm in Marion county, the mother having died in 1876. In their family were five children, one of whom is now living: Mrs. Mary A. Small, of Portland, Oregon. Those deceased are Rainford, John, and infant child and Mrs. Joseph L. Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were the parents of eleven children: Vida A., born August 14, 1890, who is still at home and has a public-school and musical education; Orris J., born February 3, 1893; Ural M., born April 17, 1895; Thomas B., born March 4, 1897; Everett E., born July 4, 1899; Marie M., born June 9, 1901; Mina M., born March 23, 1903; Ruth V., born January 27, 1905; Douglas R., born February 3, 1908; and Margaret E., born May 22, 1909.
Politically Mr. Smith is in sympathy with the democratic party, but, being a broadminded man who believed in considering both sides of a question, he is very liberal in his views. He and his family are members of the Church of God. Mr. Smith’s honest principles, which he has ever used both while connected with the logging trade and in the occupation of farming, have made him highly honored among his associates and brought him success in the business world."
The Centennial History of Oregon, pg 810
NOTE: Picture or Joseph and Etta, courtesy of Bobbi Lemme.
Late resident of 1031 Southwest First Ave., Portland, Ore. Father of Mina Weber, Marie Crump, Ruth Warnock, Vida Smith, Douglas R., Horace J., Ural M. and Everett E.; nine grandchildren also survive; brother of Mrs. Roma Hunter. Services will be held Friday, February 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the Young’s Funeral Home, Tigard, Ore. Graveside services at 3:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Cemetery at Brooks, Ore.
[newspaper clipping, not cited]
The Smith Family
Joseph L. 1862-1955
[shares marker with several other Smith family members]
Saucy Survey & Photographs 
Marriage Records of Marion Co., Oregon, Vol V, pg 48
1900 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Gervais, ED 124, sheet 3A)
1910 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Gervais, ED 210, sheet 1B)

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