Clifford Fishburn Smith

7 Sep 1895 - 22 Jan 1969

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Clifford Fishburn Smith

7 Sep 1895 - 22 Jan 1969
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The Cliff Smith I remember was a man who loved his wife Lavon Gittins without any reservation. He would do anything to make her happy. My Grandmother told me this story. When Rowenna , their 14 month daughter developed pneumonia it was thought the disease was contagious. As a result my grandmother w
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Clifford Fishburn Smith


Smithfield City Cemetery

376-424 E Center St
Smithfield, Cache, Utah
United States


May 3, 2012


March 26, 2012

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Clifford Fisburn Smith (My Grandpa)

Colaborador: doclouie Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

The Cliff Smith I remember was a man who loved his wife Lavon Gittins without any reservation. He would do anything to make her happy. My Grandmother told me this story. When Rowenna , their 14 month daughter developed pneumonia it was thought the disease was contagious. As a result my grandmother was moved into an old log cabin, on the outer border of her father's farm, to take care of the baby. Grandpa couldn't move in with her as he had to continue to work in Ogden for Union Pacific Railroad. He would work all day and then take blankets and sleep outside that cabin by the window where his two loved ones slept. There he would talk with grandmother through the window about their day. He stayed there as long as he could watching over them. When the baby died my grandfather and his father in law James Gittins crafted the coffin and delivered it to my grandmother. They laid the little casket on the porch. She opened the door only after they were a fair distance away, she, all alone, dragged it into the house, then dressed her baby in the new burial clothes the Relief Society had sewn for her. After she had tenderly laid her baby to rest and covered her with her favorite blanket then the lid, her brothers carried that little body to the cemetery. With the cabin in flames behind them, my grandmother and grandfather walked on, holding hands with tears drowning their faces.

Grandmother Mary Lavon Gittins Smith taught me patience.

Colaborador: doclouie Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

As a newly wed college student, I would often visit my Grandmother Smith to do our laundry. One day I was miffed with my new husband and letting my grandma know how picked on I was. She smiled at me and then said, "Vicki, always look with your heart and not with your eyes." Then she told me this story about her first home with grandpa. It was a little three room house with a little wood burning stove for warmth. When they entered the home, it seemed a little cool so they decided to build a fire in the stove. They made sure the flu was open and lit the wood. The room fulled with smoke and they soon decided there must be a clog in the chimney. So, grandpa handed grandma a bushel basket and placed her by the door of the stove. He then climbed to the roof and began tapping the chimney with a broom handle. Unknown to him my poor grandma was holding a bushel basket that was full and overflowing all over her and the room. She screamed at him to stop but he couldn't hear her and so the soot kept coming. Soon she was completely covered from head to toe and the room was coated with soot. She was fit to be tied and ready to really let him have it when he walked in the door. She open her mouth but then she saw the look on his face. He was so sorry that he almost had tears in his eyes. She knew that she couldn't say anything that would make him feel worse, so she held her tongue. My grandfather always adored her and this was one reason why, she held her tongue., She taught me a great lesson that day.

My Grand Aunt Lavon Smith McCann's house

Colaborador: doclouie Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Always on Decoration Day (Memorial Day), My grandfather Clifford Smith and my grandmother would take me to Smithfield to decorate graves. It was an outing to look forward to as we would visit Aunt Von's home. I remember that I thought they must be very rich because their door nobs were "made of diamonds". Grandpa and his brother Roy and Lou McCann would go "fishing" in the hatchery and then we would have fresh trout for breakfast. There were always lots of children, we didn't really know each other as distant cousins, but we sure had fun. There was a sort of dorm room upstairs where we would sleep under beautiful home made quilts. We could look out the window and see Uncle Lou's cows and often a horse or two. The barn was a great place to hang out and pretend we were pioneers. Aunt Lavon had a piano and we were allowed to pound away. I grew up to admire her patience with it all. Of course, one other memory is of the yearly visit to Logan and The Blue Bird Cafe for lunch. They had the best chocolate ever. Grandmother always brought home a box to enjoy all summer long.

Clifford Smith watched and acted

Colaborador: doclouie Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

I, Vicki Peck was an only child and at times I was lonely wishing I had brothers and sisters. ,At Christmastime, I would stay at my grandpa and grandma Smith's home. On Christmas day we would go up the hill to visit my uncle Ted and his family. They had 4 wild boys,. I would look at all the cars and trains and noisy fun toys and ask if i could play. As the toys were new often the answer was no, so I watched. Then they would visit grandma and see what I had gotten. My Christmases were fabulous but I was only one child, so my stuff was boring to the boys. We would usually play games or something but they could not wait to get home to the noise. One year my grandfather had been playing Santa at a local store and as a bonus he took a special toy. He was so excited to wrap it for me. Grandmother told me later that Grandpa just couldn't sleep he was so excited. Finally, I woke up, mostly because of Grandpa's restlessness. As I sleepily walked to the living room he handed me a package. "Here, open this first", he said. I opened the package to find a hot red car. It was one of the first remote driven cars. Guess who had the coolest gift that year? My cousins really coveted the car but it was mine. I did let them play with it though and that made my Grandpa smile.

Grandpa Smith had a lead foot

Colaborador: doclouie Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Grandfather Smith was known to receive a speeding ticket from time to time. In fact, most of the local police department knew him on a first name basis. One day he was blasting up 5th South in Bountiful when he spotted a police car coming up behind him. He began to murmur about his bad luck when my grandmother, who usually stayed silent, reminded him that "I told you to slow down." Always a conversation (argument) starter.. As grandpa turned into his driveway at 152 West 5th South the police car turned right behind him. The policeman jogged to his driver window and said,"Brother Smith I have been trying to catch you to give you my tithing." He handed my grandpa an envelope. "You know, you really should slow down before you get hurt." He jogged back to his car I am sure laughing to himself at my grandfather's sheepish expression. I know I almost cried I was laughing inside so hard. Grandpa's only comment on the matter was "What's the matter with him? Did he want to give me a heart attack." He stomped into the house. Grandma and I stayed outside for a while on the patio admiring the rose garden, having a good laugh together. Grandpa was the ward clerk in the 2nd ward in Bountiful for many, many years. And if the Bishop noticed he chewed a lot of gum, nothing was ever said. The children loved to give him their pennies because he would always give them an instant receipt, a wink, and a small piece of candy. He had a massive stroke the day after Fast Sunday, and died the following Wednesday. When the bishop came to comfort my grandmother and to get the ward records, he was astonished to see that all the fast offerings had been entered into the book, the receipts typed, and the money counted and bagged, ready for banking.. He tearfully told my grandmother that he didn't know where to look for someone to replace Cliff Smith.

Life timeline of Clifford Fishburn Smith

Clifford Fishburn Smith was born on 7 Sep 1895
Clifford Fishburn Smith was 8 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.
Clifford Fishburn Smith was 17 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
Clifford Fishburn Smith was 25 years old when The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage in America. The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was adopted on August 18, 1920.
Clifford Fishburn Smith was 35 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
Clifford Fishburn Smith was 50 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
Clifford Fishburn Smith was 60 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Clifford Fishburn Smith died on 22 Jan 1969 at the age of 73
Grave record for Clifford Fishburn Smith (7 Sep 1895 - 22 Jan 1969), BillionGraves Record 995105 Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States