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William Roscoe Smithart (1913 - 1973)

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William Roscoe Smithart
1913 - 1973
Born
July 1, 1913
Henderson, Henderson County, Kentucky United States 42420
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June 5, 1973
Robards, Henderson County, Kentucky United States 42452
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William Roscoe Smithart was born on July 1, 1913 in Henderson, Kentucky United States. According to his family tree, William was father to 5 children. William's partner was Lillian (Barrett) Smithart, and they had children Barbara Jean (Smithart) Baughn, Joseph W. Smithart, Rodney E. Smithart, Robert L. Smithart, and Brenda Marie Smithart. He died on June 5, 1973 in Robards, Kentucky United States at 59 years of age.
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William Roscoe Smithart, father to 5 children, died on June 5, 1973 in Robards, Kentucky United States at 59 years of age. He was born on July 1, 1913 in Henderson, Kentucky United States. According to his family tree, William's partner was Lillian (Barrett) Smithart, and they had children Barbara Jean (Smithart) Baughn, Joseph W. Smithart, Rodney E. Smithart, Robert L. Smithart, and Brenda Marie Smithart.
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In 1913, in the year that William Roscoe Smithart was born, Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. It had previously taken 12 hours to assemble a whole vehicle - now it took only two hours and 30 minutes! Inspired by the production lines at flour mills, breweries, canneries and industrial bakeries, along with the disassembly of animal carcasses in Chicago’s meat-packing plants, Ford created moving belts for parts and the assembly line was born.

In 1924, when he was just 11 years old, Macy's department store in New York held its first "Thanksgiving parade" on November 27th at 9a - during church services but leaving plenty of time to attend the big football game between Syracuse and Columbia universities. The parade was held as a way to promote the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space in Manhattan’s Herald Square. The parade was 6 miles long and included floats, Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and sword-wielding knights, and animals from Central Park Zoo. Santa Claus, of course, brought up the rear - opening the Christmas shopping season for Macy's.

In 1933, at the age of 20 years old, William was alive when the day after being inaugurated, the new President, Franklin Roosevelt, declared a four-day bank holiday to stop people from withdrawing their money from shaky banks (the bank run). Within 5 days of his administration, the Emergency Banking Act was passed - reorganizing banks and closing insolvent ones. In his first 100 days, he asked Congress to repeal Prohibition (which they did), signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, signed legislation that paid commodity farmers to leave their fields fallow, thus ending surpluses and boosting prices, signed a bill that gave workers the right to unionize and bargain collectively for higher wages and better working conditions as well as suspending some antitrust laws and establishing a federally funded Public Works Administration, and won passage of 12 other major laws that helped the economy.

In 1944, by the time he was 31 years old, on November 7th, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected to a fourth term as President of the United States. Running against Thomas Dewey, Governor of New York, Roosevelt won 53.4 of the popular vote, Dewey got 45.9%.

In 1973, in the year of William Roscoe Smithart's passing, on January 28th, the Paris Peace Accord was signed - supposedly ending the Vietnam War. Hostilities continued between North and South Vietnam and the U.S. continued to bomb. But by August 15, 1973, 95% of American troops had left Vietnam. The war ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon.

Created on Jun 04, 2020 by Daniel Pinna
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