Lydia Daga (Hover) Smith (1895 - 1982)



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Lydia was my Paternal Grandmother through my adoption, she was also my biological Paternal Great -Grandmother.

She lived the heartache of losing her first husband Arnold Leon Cowles he was 32 died in 1921 of Gastric fever { sever Hiccoughs}
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She became remarried on April 1, 1922, to Edward Smith

In 1935 she experienced the loss of a child, her daughter Marguerite Cowles due to pneumonia. At the time of Marguerite death, she had a 3-year-old son Roger. Lydia took her grandson into her home and raised him as Roger bacon.

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In 1972 Lydia lost another child her son Carl Cowles, due to Cancer. Carl was both my adoptive father and biological Great Uncle, [external link]

Despite all this I remember her as having a positive attitude, she was a joyful person always glad to see me. She was quite friendly liked to get together with family and friends. She was quite crafty she crocheted. knitted, Quilted. I have some of her blankets she made a plan to post pictures of them later. She liked to garden.

I remember, when my father Carl was still alive he myself and my mother Janice would go visit her and my Grandfather Ed to play cards. They all had such a good time and fun. I remember she would make coffee for me I'd put a lot of sugar and cream, then we always had sharp cheddar cheese with crackers. I remember them listening to a TV country music station. no matter how hard I tried, I never liked the music and singers with the sequins suites, but they liked it .

At family holiday gathering Lydia liked her cream de mint.

Lydia was quite sharp in her later years I remember my mother Janice and I took her to bingo when I was a newbie Lydia would point out called numbers on the bingo sheet I missed. Had a sharp eye.

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in Candor, Tioga County, New York United States


on at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, in Norwich, New York United States
Cause of death: Natural

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at Mt Hope Cemetery, in Norwich, New York United States


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Norwich, Chenango County, New York

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Father: Robert E Hover
Mother: Agnes J Nelson
Siblings: Merle Hover, Olin N Hover, and Ralph D Hover

Partner: Arnold Leon Cowles
Children with Arnold: Carl Cowles, Marguerite Cowles, and Paul Cowles

Husband: Edward Smith


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Norwich Mills abt 1945 for many years.
Corset Factory In Cortland , NY Abt 1930


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1895 - In the year that Lydia Daga (Hover) Smith was born, on May 18th, Italy's first motor race was held. The race was 58 miles long - from Turin to Asti and back. Five cars started but only three completed the race. It was won by Simone Federman who drove a Daimler Omnibus - his average speed was 9.6 mph.

1907 - Lydia was just 12 years old when the second Hague peace conference was called by Russia in the Netherlands. While nothing was settled regarding the matter of peace among nations, many resolutions were passed (and accepted by many nations) about the conventions of war - especially the protection of noncombatants.

1908 - By the time she was only 13 years old, Henry Ford developed the first Model T automobile, often called the Tin Lizzy or flivver. Produced from 1908 through 1927, it first sold for $850 - which made it affordable for every middle class family. Previously, cars were the province of the upper class and the introduction of the Model T and its availability changed U.S. culture. Within days of its release, over 15,000 cars had been ordered.

1927 - At the age of 32 years old, Lydia was alive when 10 years after the United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Danish government, the inhabitants were granted U.S. citizenship. While they can vote in congressional elections and presidential primaries, they cannot vote for President.

1982 - In the year of Lydia Daga (Hover) Smith's passing, on June 30th, time ran out on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Amendment had only received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. First sent to the states in 1972, the Amendment stated that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex".

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