Smith, Seth B. (1867-1937)

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 754.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 754.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 765.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 765.

Seth B. Smith was the district manager of Canadian Westinghouse Company Limited from 1906 to 1909. In 1910 he was the manager of the electrical department of Canadian Fairbanks Limited. He lived at 1040 Denman Street from 1907 to 1910.

 

Early Life

Seth B. Smith was born in May 1867, Walsinnete, Santa Cruz County, California. His parents were Alexander Burton Smith (1840–1924) and Corinda Elvira Clapp (1848–1923).

In 1891, in Anaconda, Montana, Seth married Maude Mercedes Palmer. She was born in Ontario on July 31, 1874.

The Butte Daily Post (Butte, Montana), October 30, 1891, page 4, column 1.

The Butte Daily Post (Butte, Montana), October 30, 1891, page 4, column 1.

In April 1892, Seth and two other men incorporated the Seth B. Smith Electric Company.

The Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, Montana), April 3, 1892, page 4, column 4.

The Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, Montana), April 3, 1892, page 4, column 4.

In December 1892, Seth disposed of his interest in the company, which changed its name to Smith Electric Company.

The Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, Montana), December 12, 1892, page 6, column 3.

The Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, Montana), December 12, 1892, page 6, column 3.

In 1893 Seth was a lineman with the Rocky Mountain Telegraph company.

The Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, Montana), July 25, 1893, page 3, column 1.

The Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, Montana), July 25, 1893, page 3, column 1.

In 1899, Seth was an electrician with the United Verde Copper Company at Jerome, Arizona. Maude was travelling to Jerome by train, along with their infant son. The heat caused the little boy to become ill and he died before reaching Jerome.

Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona), June 25, 1899, page 1, column 5.

Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona), June 25, 1899, page 1, column 5.

In 1900, Seth’s and Maude’s daughter, Dorothy, was born in Los Angeles, California.

Arizona Republican (Phoenix, Arizona), August 30, 1900, page 7, image 7; https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84020558/1900-08-30/ed-1/seq-7/.

Arizona Republican (Phoenix, Arizona), August 30, 1900, page 7, image 7; https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84020558/1900-08-30/ed-1/seq-7/.

 

One or Two Seth B. Smiths?

Around this time, there was a Seth B. Smith who was an attorney in Butte, Montana.

Boyer's Legal Directory of the United States and Canadas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joseph A. Boyer, 1896, page 330; https://books.google.ca/books?id=2P5CAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA330&dq=butte+montana++%22seth+b+smith%22#v=onepage&q=butte%20montana%20%20%22seth%20b%20smith%22&f=false.

Boyer’s Legal Directory of the United States and Canadas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joseph A. Boyer, 1896, page 330; https://books.google.ca/books?id=2P5CAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA330&dq=butte+montana++%22seth+b+smith%22#v=onepage&q=butte%20montana%20%20%22seth%20b%20smith%22&f=false.

It seems likely that the electrician and the lawyer were the same person, although it is not certain. The Seth B. Smith who was an electrician later practiced law in California from about 1915 to the 1930s.

 

Seth’s Association with Westinghouse

By 1903, Seth was associated with the Westinghouse company.

Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona), September 26, 1903, page 8, column 2.

Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona), September 26, 1903, page 8, column 2.

Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1904, page 1196, column 1.

Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1904, page 1196, column 1.

 

Arrival in Vancouver

Seth first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1906. He was the acting manager of the Canadian Westinghouse office, and he was living at 661 Granville Street.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1906, page 585.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1906, page 585.

He lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1906 661 Granville Street
1907 to 1910 1040 Denman Street
1911 to 1913 905 Davie Street.
1914 and 1915 Not listed under Vancouver names

From 1911 to 1912 he was the general manager of Hinton Electric Company Limited.

In 1913, he was an independent manufacturers’ agent.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1913, Part 2, page 1299.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1913, Part 2, page 1299.

After 1913 he was no longer in the Vancouver directories.

 

Life in California

By 1914 Seth was in Los Angeles, California. When he applied for an occupational license, the license registry said that he had a license in Montana.

California State Archives; Sacramento, California; Roll of Attorneys/District Court of Appeal, Second District, Volume 1. Ancestry.com. California, Occupational Licenses, Registers, and Directories, 1876-1969 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Name: Seth B Smith; Record Date: 28 Sep 1914; Record Place: California, USA; Residence Place: Los Angeles, California; Occupation: Attorney.

California State Archives; Sacramento, California; Roll of Attorneys/District Court of Appeal, Second District, Volume 1. Ancestry.com. California, Occupational Licenses, Registers, and Directories, 1876-1969 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Name: Seth B Smith; Record Date: 28 Sep 1914; Record Place: California, USA; Residence Place: Los Angeles, California; Occupation: Attorney.

Seth was listed as an attorney in the 1918 Los Angeles directory.

Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1918, page 1824.

Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1918, page 1824.

At the time of the 1920 and 1930 United States censuses, Seth, Maude, and their daughter, Dorothy, were living in Los Angeles. Seth was an attorney with a general legal practice.

Seth died in Los Angeles County, California on April 15, 1937.

Maude died in Los Angeles County, California on April 29, 1955.

 

Seth and Maude had the following children.

 

Unnamed Boy Smith

Seth and Maude had a boy who was born about 1898. He died on June 24, 1899 from the heat while he and Maude were on a train trip to meet with Seth.

 

Dorothy L. Smith

Dorothy L. Smith was born in California on August 27, 1900.

It appears that she never married and that she died in October 1989.

 

Sources

Alexander Burton Smith (father of Seth B. Smith)

Alexander Burton Smith (1840–1924); Birth 1840, Rich Springs, Tennessee, USA; death 24 MARCH 1924, Los Angeles County, California, USA (ancestry.ca).

“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6PL-GP5 : 22 August 2017), Alexander B Smith, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, United States; citing enumeration district ED 124, sheet 115B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0084; FHL microfilm 1,254,084.

 

Corinda Elvira Clapp (mother of Seth B. Smith)

Corinda Elvira Clapp (1848–1923); Birth 28 SEPTEMBER 1848, Iowa, USA; Death 13 MARCH 1923, Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, USA (ancestry.ca).

“United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNXS-25X : 12 April 2016), Corinda E Smith in household of Elvira Clapp, California, United States; citing p. 17, family 133, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,588.

“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6PL-GPR : 22 August 2017), Corrinda E Smith in household of Alexander B Smith, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, United States; citing enumeration district ED 124, sheet 115B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0084; FHL microfilm 1,254,084.

 

Seth B. Smith

Seth B. Smith (1867–1937); Birth MAY 1867, Walsinnete, Santa Cruz County, California, USA; Death 15 APR 1937,Los Angeles, California, USA (ancestry.ca).

“United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNXS-25N : 12 April 2016), Seth Smith in household of Elvira Clapp, California, United States; citing p. 17, family 133, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,588.

“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6PL-GPY : 22 August 2017), Seth B Smith in household of Alexander B Smith, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, United States; citing enumeration district ED 124, sheet 115B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0084; FHL microfilm 1,254,084.

“Montana Marriages, 1889-1947,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FZSG-36Y : 9 December 2014), Seth B. Smith and Maud B. Palmer, 29 Oct 1891; citing Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., Montana, reference Page 203; FHL microfilm 1,906,088.

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9V8-K5J : accessed 26 January 2018), Seth B Smith, Jerome town, Yavapai, Arizona Territory, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 70, sheet 16A, family 367, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,047.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SPJF : 15 July 2016), Seth B Smith, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MH79-643 : accessed 26 January 2018), Seth B Smith, Los Angeles Assembly District 72, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing  ED 366, sheet 5A, line 28, family 107, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 113; FHL microfilm 1,820,113.

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCV6-BWD : accessed 26 January 2018), Seth B Smith, Los Angeles (Districts 0251-0500), Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 279, sheet 16B, line 73, family 353, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 143; FHL microfilm 2,339,878.

Ancestry.com. California, Death Index, 1905-1939 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Name: Seth B Smith; Birth Year: abt 1870; Death Date: 15 Apr 1937; Age at Death: 67; Death Place:            Los Angeles, California, USA

 

Maud B. (or Mercedes) Palmer (wife of Seth B. Smith)

“Montana Marriages, 1889-1947,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FZSG-365 : 9 December 2014), Seth B. Smith and Maud B. Palmer, 29 Oct 1891; citing Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., Montana, reference Page 203; FHL microfilm 1,906,088.

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9V8-K5V : accessed 26 January 2018), Maud Smith in household of Seth B Smith, Jerome town, Yavapai, Arizona Territory, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 70, sheet 16A, family 367, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,047.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SPJN : 15 July 2016), Maude M Smith in entry for Seth B Smith, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MH79-64Q : accessed 26 January 2018), Maude M Smith in household of Seth B Smith, Los Angeles Assembly District 72, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing  ED 366, sheet 5A, line 29, family 107, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 113; FHL microfilm 1,820,113.

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCV6-BW6 : accessed 26 January 2018), Maude M Smith in household of Seth B Smith, Los Angeles (Districts 0251-0500), Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 279, sheet 16B, line 74, family 353, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 143; FHL microfilm 2,339,878.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9Z7-24Y : accessed 26 January 2018), Maude Smith, Councilmanic District 7, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-511, sheet 7A, line 36, family 179, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627.  Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 418.

“California Death Index, 1940-1997,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VP6W-7ZR : 26 November 2014), Maude Mercedes Smith, 29 Apr 1955; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

 

Dorothy Smith (daughter of Seth B. Smith)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SPJJ : 15 July 2016), Dorothy Smith in entry for Seth B Smith, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MH79-647 : accessed 26 January 2018), Dorothy L Smith in household of Seth B Smith, Los Angeles Assembly District 72, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing  ED 366, sheet 5A, line 30, family 107, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 113; FHL microfilm 1,820,113.

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCV6-BWX : accessed 26 January 2018), Dorothy L Smith in household of Seth B Smith, Los Angeles (Districts 0251-0500), Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 279, sheet 16B, line 75, family 353, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 143; FHL microfilm 2,339,878.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9Z7-24B : accessed 26 January 2018), Dorothy Smith in household of Maude Smith, Councilmanic District 7, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-511, sheet 7A, line 37, family 179, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627.  Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 418.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007. Name: Dorothy L Smith; Gender: Female; Birth Date: 27 Aug 1900; Birth Place: CA; Death Date: Oct 1989; Claim Date: 28 Jan 1966; Father: Seth Smith; Mother: Maude Palmer; SSN: 573803381.