"Names for picture as identified by Eddie Whitener:
Back row l to r - Freddie Justice, Leonard Simpson, Chick Lineberger, Jimmy Garrett
Front l to r - J B Owens, Gary Ray, Harold Conners, Richard Odell, Rodney Whitener"
"Eliza died in 1910 and A Q married Kate Burgin in 1912, I think... As for Ruby's status, I don't know. Oddly enough, in Eliza's obituary Feb 4, 1910 in th Gastonia Gazette, Ruby is NOT mentioned. I'll have to work on that."
This picture has already been posted; however, this one is from Ruby Kale's copy of the book. Her handwritten note in the margin reads, "Dad's first wife the one who adopted me." A Q and Eliza adopted Ruby.
Scotty's grandfather, Isaac Taylor Smith, and my grandfather, Fred Elmore Smith, were brothers. Guess we are all in the family. I went to high school with Scotty and Janet. I have been corresponding with Renie and sharing some Smith…"
First...my name is Noreen, but the entire family calls me Renie, so please do! Somewhere put away in a drawer I have the Smiths traced back to the early 1700s if you're interested. I got the info from a distant cousin...Amy Baumgartner...about 20 years ago. The info is quite interesting. I'm assuming you are a son of my Grampa Smith's brother...you'll have to tell me where you fit in. Even though my dad's been gone for 30 years, I still have my mom, whom you probably met many years ago. I love the old pictures...any available from the 40s when my mother might remember her first trip down there?