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From: "Bernie Moore-Knowles" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Smith, Fields- Peggy and Vera
Date: Fri, 9 May 2003 10:12:59 -0700
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Hi there Peggy
We were starting to worry about you, young lady. Thought once or twice
about getting in the car and driving to Tulsa! And how is that city? Saw
in the morning newspaper here, that OKC had horrendous tornados once again.
Just right before we left Tulsa in July 1999; there had been tornados there
in OKC. May 3, 1999 - will never forget because it was Vasser's birthday!
<<"Put that in your pipe and smoke it." >>
Now, how many time have I heard my mother say these very words?
You are always so wonderful to share what you have. Although this
particular Dollie B. Smith Hornbuckle died in California in 1964 (thanks to
Vera).........I really do believe that she and her Smiths probably connect
to my "Doll" Smith.
The story that I was told was that my Doll Smith had an early marriage and
that he died young. It had crossed my mind that Doll was married to Rust by
this 1910 census; but I really don't think that was the case. Wonder if she
married in Pulaski Co.?
Hadn't even thought to look there for anything on my Smiths.........
Quite frankly, I never knew that she was in Little Rock. But, I tend to
lean toward her having moved on to Little Rock "to work" after the first
marriage ended. In 1910; what was left of some of her birth Smith family
were living in Hixson Township; there in Stone Co. Haven't the foggiest why
they left land that they owned in Baxter Co. moved on into Stone. But, Vera
found them there in 1910.
11 May 1910 Stone Co., Arkansas census, Hixson Township:
SMITH, Nancy A, head F W 45 M 1 time WD 8/7 AR AR TN
#186/187 Willie son M W 18 S AR TN AR
Monroe son M W 11 S AR TN AR
Maud B. (?) dau F W 8 S AR TN AR
Jodie son M W 5 S AR TN AR
Doll's sister; Maude married in Stone Co. to Perry Tipton; but that was not
until 1916. Her brother; Sherman married in 1908 to my grandmother - in
Izard Co. That 1908 year appears to be the year that Doll married the first
time. Joyce, in looking at the 1910 census image says that she thinks that
it reflects Dollie as having been married for 2 or 3 years - taking her
marriage date to either 1907 or 1908? So, it could well be that her
marriage record MIGHT be found in Izard Co., since that is where her brother
Sherman married in 1908. Just a guess?
Another sibling; Lewis Smith was found and of all things; was listed as
"adopted" in the home of a Robert H. Field in 1910. Ever heard of this
Field(s) family? Maybe connected to Sallie Fields that was the last wife of
U. I. Hornbuckle, perhaps?
1910 Baxter Co., Arkansas census, Union Township:
FIELD, Robert H 28 Head
Maude 28 Wife 5/2
Ruth 3 dau
Rex 1 4/12 son
SMITH, Lewis 15 Adopted
The father of all these Smith children was deceased by 1905. As far as I
can tell and I am by no means an expert on land records - it appears that
Tom Smith was the owner of land in Barren Creek, Baxter Co., Arkansas.
Amazing that he was able to retain the earth, with as many convictions on
liquor charges that I have been able to uncover - but, none the less, it
appears that he was a landowner. But.........after his death in or circa
1905; the family spread out.
I have never found Smith sons; Everett and Monroe. But, did find little Joe
Smith and if you think that Doll lived a life?
You should hear about Joe! What a guy he was!
Lewis Smith (b1893) in 1920; married following his stint in France. Came
home; married Ethel Callaway and nursed war wounds that per his grandson;
Bob Hudson - appear to have claimed his life at an early age. Lewis Smith
died in 1936. Or tuberculosis?
1920 Baxter Co., Arkansas census, Union Township:
SMITH, Lewis C 27 Head
Ethel M 18 Wife
Evalina 9 mos Dau (Bob Hudson's mother)
Now, William Smith's life was one of pain, also and is an entirely other
story in itself. What was unearthed in the last year with him; is enough to
bring any of us to our knees, I think. But, the night before last; I found
"Cherokee Bill," as he was always called - in 1920; Baltimore, Maryland.
From my note to file on William Smith's WWI military record:
Note: Found in the 1920 city of Baltimore, Maryland census. He was a
patient at Fort McHenry, US Army General Hospital. Census was enumerated
there on the 22 of January 1920 along with other patients with extreme war
related wounds, recovering before being incorporated back into society.
------------ SMITH, William patient M W 24 single OK IA IA US
Note: In 1917 the United States Army used the fort site to establish U. S.
General Hospital No. 2 for returning wounded veterans of World War I. It was
the largest military hospital in the United States with over 100 temporary
buildings. Some of the earliest developments in the fields of reconstructive
and neuro-surgery were made in that hospital. When the war ended, the need
for the hospital slowly diminished and in 1925 the hospital was torn down.
In 1925 Fort McHenry was made a national park, and it was transferred to the
care of the National Park Service in 1933. Fort McHenry was redesignated a
National Monument and Historic Shrine in 1939. It is the nation's only
Fort McHenry and WWI:
Cherokee Bill survived an extremely damaging head and facial wound; while
serving in France. What are the odds of ever locating the records of
William Smith from Fort McHenry, folks? Nada?
But, that is not all of his story.
Let me know, if you want to hear his story. His was probably like many in
the region - but, I don't know - pretty sad.
Oh well..........that's a bit more on the Smiths of Baxter Co.
Phoenix, Arizona - Papa'aola, Hawai'i
"I have Indian blood in me. I have just enough White blood for you to
question my honesty." ........Will Rogers
----- Original Message -----
From: "Peggy Truesdell" <>
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 10:40 AM
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Dollie Smith
> HELLOOOOOOO, Bernie and all!
> Yes, Bernie, I know you've asked about me. Please note my new e-mail
> But first things first. I have a marriage in my records that COULD be
> Dollie SMITH. Note this one has middle initial "B."
> Hatch, Match & Dispatch, Index: Births, Marriages & Deaths, 1901-1915,
> 2 -
> March 7, 1902 Friday issue:
> Albert HORNBUCKLE and Miss Dollie B. SMITH were married at the residence
> the bride's parents last Sunday. Esq. COOPER performing the ceremony.
> Albert had rented C. C. BRYANT's farm (the Pink COX Place) before he
> married, and the young couple are now at home. We predict for them a
> and prosperous life.
> March 7, 1902 Friday issue:
> PEOPLE LICENSED TO MARRY: Albert C. HORNBUCKLE and Dollie SMITH.
> Page 8 - January 23, 1903 Issue:
> BIRTHS: January 19 -- Mr. and Mrs. Albert HORNBUCKLE, a girl.
> We used to say, "Put that in your pipe and smoke it." Will look forward
> seeing your response.
> I might mention that Fort Smith -- in the early 1900s -- had lots of
> activity -- and then the military base there also. I know the name of the
> camp so well but it escapes me just now.
> Glad to see you online -- I just subscribed. Have missed all my friends.
> A copy of the above marriage license in Baxter County may be quite
> and would confirm if this is your Dollie.
> LOL! Peggy
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bernie Moore-Knowles" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 11:11 AM
> Subject: [ARIZARD-L] Dollie Smith
> > Hi guys
> > Well, found some real interesting information on my grandfather's
> Dollie Smith - late last night. With the recent Denton discoveries that
> have been posted for me on the List; thought it worth a shot to look
> at my Smiths a bit. Dollie's brother had married a Denton descendant,
> sooooooo........................off I went in search.
> > Those Smiths are just tough to find. Know what I mean?
> > Well, had no luck on the brothers; but, lo and behold - found Dollie.
> > Now, Dollie I have been told was a very quiet woman. Woman of few
> much like my own mother; her favorite niece. Dollie was a full blood that
> had been born in Baxter Co., lived in Indian Territory. Her mother was
> Sinor and her father? A bootlegger who spent more than enough times
> > Bottom line was: Dollie spent much of her early adulthood in the
> employment of brothels. Both in Arkansas and the early days of the Tulsa
> oil boom in Oklahoma. Worked the old Tulsa Hotel, down on Brady Street.
> > I was told also old that Dollie had had an early marriage; that he had
> died young and that she remarried later in life to one of her tricks - a
> German named Rust. I have seen pictures of Dollie, folks and in these
> photographs, she never looked her part. Always well dressed and
> appropriately so, also. She and Mr. Rust never had children that I know
> But, he and Dollie traveled to Europe (far cry from Buffalo, Arkansas) and
> the continental United States.
> > Life was good for Dollie Smith for a decade or so ,but then, Mr. Rust
> died. Buried in Savannah, Georgia I believe or his native Germany.
> figured out just which as of yet, was his final resting place.
> > Anyway, I found Dollie in 1910 Little Rock, Arkansas. - in the home of a
> May Leonard. House full of women and all the households surrounding Miss
> Leonard's was the same situation. Head of house was a woman; and a house
> full of young women to follow.
> > Some of these women were listed as single - but,most appear to have been
> enumerated as being married AND having children. No children are living
> with them and no husband's are around. Just, the "keeper of the boarding
> > It does list Dollie as having been married once and as having had one
> child and no child living in 1910.
> > THIS WAS NEW NEWS.
> > No one in my immediate and living family was aware of Dollie having ever
> had children.
> > So, my question to you all is this:
> > Would someone look on this Heritage Quest census image that I found
> on and see if you can see what the number is that represents the number of
> years that she has been married? All the years for the other women that
> listed in her household is legible - but, not Dollie's. Would love to
> who her first marriage was to - and in knowing the year, think it would at
> least be a start.
> > Anyone have time? Here is what I came up with:
> > 15 April 1910 Pulaski Co., Arkansas census, Little Rock, Big Rock
> Township, household #6/6:
> > LEONARD, May head F W 30 md/1 - 15 yrs 1/1 MT MO MO Keeper/Rooming house
> > MITCHELL, Ruby boarder F W 24 md/1 - 3 yrs 0/0 IL US ENG
> > SMITH, Dollie boarder F W 23 md/1 -7 (?) yr 1/0 OK OK OK
> > JOHNSON, Elsie boarder F W 16 single US US US
> > CARROLL (?), Hildie boarder F W 23 md/1 - 6 yrs 0/0 NC NC NC
> > MOON, Lillian boarder F W 19 md/1 - 3 yrs 1/0 AR AR AR
> > Note to file: All the women in the household are listed as having no
> occupation. Married, but with no husbands? No marital status was
> All the surrounding households are a similar situation. Sounds like a
> street of brothels? The number of years that Dollie was married is almost
> illegible; but appears to be a 7?
> > I have always attempted to piece my mother's Smith family together by
> vintage photographs only. There were two Smith sisters; and Maude married
> Tipton - had many children - was easier to navigate to.
> > But, Dollie?
> > For one thing, her chosen profession lended itself to more mystery than
> most others that we all research. I would assume that she wanted folks
> she came in contact with to know as little as possible about herself, so
> may have felt "safer" answering an enumerator's questions. And too, I was
> told by a Brackett researcher who had known a man that lived in Broken
> Arrow, Oklahoma that Dollie had raised as a step-son - that she was just
> woman of few words.
> > Like many full bloods that I grew up with.
> > Last year Vera was able to find Dollie in 1920 Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
> She was living with Conrad Rust; as his wife - near her sister; Maude's
> Tipton family.
> > 1920 Tulsa Co., Oklahoma census, Sand Springs Township:
> > RUST, Conrad head M W 32 M
> > #93/93 Dollie wife F W 33 M
> > I know from a vintage photograph that Mr. Rust died in 1935. The
> in the photograph told me that it was not Arkansas and not Oklahoma. Moss
> was hanging from giant trees near the newly dug gravesite. Bob Hudson; a
> Smith descendant (His grandfather ; Lewis was Dollie's brother.) mentioned
> Savannah as a possible burial place - because another brother; Joe Smith
> in seminary there in 1935.
> > Several years ago; Albert Kirkland of this List found and photographed
> Dollie Smith's final resting place for me. She was indeed buried in Sand
> Springs; next to her third husband; Eston Pickett Brackett - an Indian
> herself. Dollie had raised his youngest son; Billy as her own, I was told
> by the Brackett researcher.
> > Dollie's life; as colorful as it was - was I am sure marked by sadness.
> Why else would a woman chose the profession that she did? Let's hope
> was joy there for her, also. Right folks?
> > When Dollie died; her last husband; Mr. Brackett - sent my mother; Lena
> Smith Moore, Dollie's Rust wedding ring. Said Dollie had wanted her to
> it. Mother wore that wedding ring as her own, her entire married life;
> which began in 1937 Walnut Ridge, Arkansas - and spanned and incredible
> these days - fifty four years to my father; L. A. Moore.
> > Today, that ring is on me. I wear it and refer to it; jokingly as the
> "hooker's ring." I should show more respect, I suppose - but, let's hope
> Dollie is smiling - she deserves the joy.
> > And that is Dollie Smith so far, folks.
> > Bernie Moore-Knowles
> > Phoenix, Arizona - Papa'aola, Hawai'i
> > "I have Indian blood in me. I have just enough White blood for you to
> > question my honesty." ........Will Rogers
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