Smith Children, 1885

Updated May 28, 2020
Shelley Cardiel
Shelley Cardiel shared a photo
on Dec 01, 2017 8:59 AM
I've "rescued" an old photograph of Roy, Olga, and Alta SMITH which was taken at the W. J. Reynolds Studio in Nevada, IA. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1880's with the three children from infant to 5 years old at the time. Based on limited research I know the following about this family:

Olga Alga SMITH was b. in 1888 in Story Co. IA to parents Dr. Francis “Frank” Salmaron or Salmeron SMITH (1853-1943) and Ellen Mary WELLS (1853-1889). Olga was one of three children born to this couple including, Roy Wells; Alta; and Olga SMITH, all born between 1883 and 1888. Olga’s Father remarried after her Mother’s death to Amanda Sarah WELLS (1867-1955) and two additional children were born including, Ella Salmeron SMITH MCCONNELL (1891-1987); and Lt. Col. Donald Wesley SMITH (1899-1973). Olga married twice, first to J. K. WEAVER and then to Claud Harmon STUDEBAKER Sr. (1885-1934) and she died in 1918 in Scranton, IA and is buried in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery in Nevada, IA.

Her sister Alta SMITH BOYD was b. 13 Jul 1885 in Nevada, IA and married George Douglas BOYD (b. 7 Oct 1874 in Ames, IA) on 4 Sept 1912 in Nevada, IA. Alta and George had 4 children including, Robert Henry; Donald Frank; Margaret Ruth; and Stanton Wells BOYD, all born between 1913 and 1918 in Iowa and South Dakota. Alta died 28 Jan 1965 in Seattle, WA and is buried in the Sunset Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Bellevue, WA.

Census records provide the following details:

1900 census of Nevada, IA:

Dr. F. S. SMITH, age 46, born Jul 1853, married 10 years, born PA, parents born NY/Canada, a Medical Doctor
Amanda SMITH, wife, age 32, born Jun 1867, married 10 years, 5 children/5 living, born IL, parents born IL
Roy W. SMITH, son, age 16, born Dec 1883, born IA, parents born PA/IL, at School
Alta SMITH, dau, age 14, born Jul 1885, born IA, parents born PA/IL, at School
Olga SMITH, dau, age 12, born Oct 1888, born IA, parents born PA/IL, at School
Ella SMITH, dau, age 7, born Nov 1892, born IA, at School
Donald H. SMITH, son, age 1, born May 1899, born IA
+1 Housekeeper

1910 census of Nevada, IA:

F. S. SMITH, age 56, 2nd marriage 20 years, born PA, parents born NY/Canada, a Physician
Amanda SMITH, wife, age 42, 2nd marriage 20 years, 2 children/2 living, born IL, parents born IL
Alta SMITH, dau, age 25, born IA, parents born PA/IL
Olga SMITH, dau, age 22, born IA, parents born PA/IL, a Public School Teacher
Ella SMITH, dau, age 18, born IA
Donald SMITH, son, age 10, born IA

I am hoping to locate someone from this family so that the photograph can be returned to their care. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me.

Date & Place: in Nevada, Story County, Iowa United States 50201


AncientFaces commented on Feb 01, 2018
Okay, for those of you who like to "baby gender guess" - is the baby a boy or a girl?
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