Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - January 22, 2013 - Alvin Smith

Alvin O Smith was my great grandfather.  Born in Roanoke, Indiana on December 18, 1873. Alvin was the second son born to James W and Oella Denney Smith. On 24th of December, 1892, he married Cora May Crites in Uniondale, Wells County, Indiana.

Alvin Smith - 1892

Cora and Alvin Smith around the time of their wedding 1892
They began their family in rural Indiana near Fort Wayne.  They had two sons, Everett Alton and James Fredrick.  Alvin worked for area farmers delivering milk to the local creamery's in Indiana.  In around 1917, the Smith's moved to Burton, Michigan.  Alvin had hoped that he and his sons would be able to get work in the new automotive industry as it began to flourish.  There were new factories opening every day which supported the growing Flint auto industry.   He began working at the GM factory in about 1918.   Alvin died on January 25, 1925 while working on the line in the Flint factory.

Cora, Lucille Alvin on January 18, 1925
This photo was taken the day before Alvin died during a visit to Indiana to see Alvin's mother Oella and Cora's parents, John and Amanda Crites.

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