Spring Valley Cemetery ~ James Eldon Smith ~ part of the Polk County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
Smith, James Eldon
LAST: Smith FIRST: James MID: Eldon
BORN: 16 Dec 1924 DIED: 13 Mar 2012 BURIED:  (Spring Valley Cemetery)
BIRTH PLACE:  Spring Valley, Polk Co, Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co, Oregon

1930 OR CENSUS – James E. Smith (5y, b Oregon) enumerated with parents Frank A. (43y, b New York, married at age 28y, occupation farmer) and Hulda C. (42y, b Sweden, immigrated 1891, naturalized, married at age 27y) and 3 siblings, all born in Oregon, Eula C. (13y), Edgar A. (12y) and Ila K. (10y)

1940 OR CENSUS – James E. Smith (15y, b Oregon) enumerated with mother Hulda C. (52y, b Sweden, widowed); family was living in same place in 1935

1st MARRIAGE – James E. Smith & Marciel L. Stinnette md 12 Aug 1945, Polk co, Oregon

DIVORCE – James Smith & Marciel Stinnette divorced 14 Jan 1971, Marion co, Oregon

NOTE – Marciel later married William Francis Kennedy. She died 8 Aug 2004 in Polk co, Oregon [ODI] and was buried in City View cemetery

2nd MARRIAGE – James Eldon Smith & Ann Caroline Corey md 15 Mar 1973, Las Vegas, Clark co, Nevada


James Eldon Smith, Dec 16, 1924-March 13, 2012

James Eldon Smith, 87, of Salem died March 13 in Salem. He was born in the Spring Valley area of Salem to Frank A. and Hulda (Hoven) Smith. Jim graduated in 1943 from Dallas High School, where he was quarterback for the football team and student body president. He earned a football scholarship to play for Minnesota but was drafted into the Navy during World War II. He was stationed on the USS Suwanee, a much-decorated escort carrier. Because of injuries he received in action he was awarded two purple hearts. Jim was the first person to be baptized in the newly rebuilt Dallas First Christian Church. He worked selling furniture at Meier & Frank in Salem; he owned “Jim’s 24-cent Burgers” Restaurant in Bend, and sold cars before he was medically disabled in the late 1940s. He was a member of Salem First Christian Church. Jim was a talented artist in oil, paper cast and bronze sculpture. He loved his wife, family and art. Jim and Ann enjoyed being snowbirds for a few years in Arizona. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Eula Minnick and Ila Sams. Survivors include his wife, Ann of Salem; daughters, Karen (Denny) Taylor of Silverton and Janet (Al) Gardner of Portland; son, Pat (Debby) Corey of Turner; brother, Ed Smith of Modesto, Calif; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial service was Tuesday at Salem First Christian Church. Private interment was at Zena Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to First Christian Church of Salem. Bollman Funeral Home handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Itemizer Observer, Thursday, March 21, 2012, 6A



James E.

1924 - 2012

[shares marker with Ann C. Smith]


1930 OR CENSUS (Polk co, Spring Valley, ED 4, sheet 2B)

1940 OR CENSUS (Polk co, Dallas, ED 27-6, sheet 3A)

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