Don Cleveland Smith

1 Apr 1897 - 8 Oct 1990


Don Cleveland Smith

1 Apr 1897 - 8 Oct 1990
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I remember my Grandpa Smith always having a story or poem to share with us. He told them over and over so I knew them as well as any bedtime story. One of my favorites was 'The House that Jack Built'. It wasn't only the story that was so fun to listen to, it was that Grandpa Smith could repeat the w
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Don Cleveland Smith


Riverside Thomas Cemetery

939-949 State Highway 39
Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho
United States


September 16, 2013


July 21, 2013

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The House that Jack Built

Contributor: Will Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

I remember my Grandpa Smith always having a story or poem to share with us. He told them over and over so I knew them as well as any bedtime story. One of my favorites was "The House that Jack Built". It wasn't only the story that was so fun to listen to, it was that Grandpa Smith could repeat the whole story by memory, from the beginning to end and then end to beginning in one large breath. I remember being so nervous for him that I would actually hold my breath too. I never did make it to the end, but Grandpa always did. Lene' Lilya Hartley

Don Cleveland and Alice Velma Ogden Smith by Don Cleveland Smith

Contributor: Will Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Don Cleveland Smith, the son of Don G.A. Smith and Nancy Greene Homer Smith, and paternal grandson of John Lyman Smith, son of John Smith ( the prophet Joseph Smith's uncle) and later Patriarch of the church. We trace our Smiths to Edward Smith born in about 1500 in Honks, Lincolnshire, England. On April Fool's day, 1 April 1897, a little past 10:00 AM, I arrived at the cabin, with the help of my Grandmother Homer, the official midwife in that area, and my mother. I was also welcomed by my sister, Nancy, who had arrived a little more than two years before, when they lived in Oakley, Idaho. What puzzled me was no one was fooled, not even my father. Of course, my mother expected me! The setting was a one room log house, near the circling South Lee "Crick" which meandered through my Father's homestead ranch in "old Haden". The ranch was located about 20 miles west of the Grand Teton Peaks on the Idaho side of the mountains. The North end of the valley tapered off over a vast prairie land for many miles without any high mountain ranges, while the other three sides, were hemmed in by tall and somewhat rugged mountains. This valley had drawn the name of Teton and had been the rendezvous of trappers and hunters. Originally it had been called Pierre's Hole, after a prominent trapper. Elk and Moose were plentiful, but at that time I do not remember deer. The streams were full of several varieties of native fish. A great variety of game birds and songster were also native of this beautiful, though somewhat wild and primitive territory. There were cougars, coyotes, and a few antelope, but the fox was not native to this valley. The coyote was a menace to the owners of sheep and poultry. The surname, Smith, can be traced a few generations into England and stemmed from the trade names of persons who were gold, tin, silver or black "smiths'. ( Dad used to joke that Adam's name was Smith, but one made a mistake, they changes his name!) Our cabin had one small window, a strong heavy door with no hardware except two huge iron hinges. The lock for the door, which served also as a handle with which to open the door, was a heavy latch with a latch string so it could be pulled to lift the latch and open the door. At night, the latch string was pulled inside so that no one form the outside could enter. The room was furnished with one bedstead made of a wooden frame. Both ends of the frame had holes drilled every few inches. A rope was interlaced back and forth from side to side and then from end to end and tightened to make secure support for the big straw tick, which served as a mattress. Each fall at threshing time, the straw tick was emptied and refilled with clean fresh straw. Other items of furniture were, homemade table, washstand, a cupboard to hold a few dishes and the food, and if lucky, a couple of chairs, no luxuries like dressers, etc. Farmers raised cattle, sheep and poultry. Field crops were timothy, red top grass ( which grew tall enough to be gathered as hay ), a hardy variety of alfalfa, and red clover. After 68 years, i stood on the spot where our log cabin, hand hewn and built by my father, stood. I was flooded with wonderful memories of my childhood, our old horse, Tige, the stables and places I had fed calves, pigs and chickens. I remember the day we went to church on Sunday and heard our Patriarch speak in tongues and give the interpretation. I stood in awe and wonder as I gazed at the Grand Teton Peaks, this, the prettiest side of the mountains. With alarm, I remember the walks through the snow to school with Nancy as we eyed the packs of coyotes along the way. In my mind's eye, I could see the great white hares, which were so well hidden in the snow, impossible to find unless one stepped too close. Then, away they would dash over the drifts to hide again. I drew water from 60 foot well my father dug by hand. How did he do that? I picked tame strawberries the first I had ever tasted, that couldn't compare with their tiny cousins in flavor. I have never forgotten the trails my parents endured for me that I might live and thrive and fulfill the measure of my creation and have this God given privilege of working out my salvation to be able to inherit the Celestial Kingdom. In Riverside, where my parents moved, I met a lovely brown eyed-beauty named Alice Velma Ogden, who was born in Michigan and was a convert with her parents, William Edmund and Ester Low Ogden. It was 1918, the US was engaged in World War I. I enlisted, but was turned down. Alice and I were then married in the Salt Lake Temple 8th of May 1981. Soon after, I was inducted into the army and left to be trained in California for war. Alice came to California to be near me. Next I was sent to Camp Mills, Long Island, New York, where we were outfitted for the trip to France. Although the Armistice had been signed, we embarked on the USS President Grant for our trip across the Atlantic. When out a few days, we were re-routed and sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, where we were finally mustered out. Our Children are: Dale Ogden, Velma Marie, ( died a couple weeks later) Grace, Bessie Mary, Alice Dawna, Etta, (stillborn) and Marilee (drowned with five others in a car accident in Pocatello, Idaho when she was 17). When mother was baptized in Michigan it was November and icy, but even after running a half mile home in wet clothes, she never got as much as a sniffle. Alice died in 1971 and Don in 1990 in his 95th year.

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Don Cleveland Smith was born on 1 Apr 1897
Don Cleveland Smith was 7 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
Don Cleveland Smith was 17 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
Don Cleveland Smith was 33 years old when The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday", ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. The New York Stock Exchange, is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.
Don Cleveland Smith was 42 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Don Cleveland Smith was 43 years old when The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz. The Holocaust, also referred to as the Shoah, was a genocide during World War II in which Nazi Germany, aided by its collaborators, systematically murdered some six million European Jews, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, between 1941 and 1945. Jews were targeted for extermination as part of a larger event involving the persecution and murder of other groups, including in particular the Roma and "incurably sick", as well as ethnic Poles and other Slavs, Soviet citizens, Soviet prisoners of war, political opponents, gay men and Jehovah's Witnesses, resulting in up to 17 million deaths overall.
Don Cleveland Smith was 56 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Don Cleveland Smith was 68 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
Don Cleveland Smith was 76 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
Don Cleveland Smith was 83 years old when Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. Mount St. Helens or Louwala-Clough is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Portland, Oregon and 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle, Washington. Mount St. Helens takes its English name from the British diplomat Lord St Helens, a friend of explorer George Vancouver who made a survey of the area in the late 18th century. The volcano is located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows.
Don Cleveland Smith died on 8 Oct 1990 at the age of 93
Grave record for Don Cleveland Smith (1 Apr 1897 - 8 Oct 1990), BillionGraves Record 5155161 Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States