Samuel P. and Mary West Smith struck out for the West from North Carolina. They settled outside Eatonville in an area called Stringtown back in around 1888.
They had eight sons. One remained in N.C., but the others came out west and make their mark.
Pictured here are:
• Lee Smith
• Nathaniel Smith
• Milton Smith
• Larry Smith
• Brown Smith
• Noah (Noteke) Smith
• Clinton Smith
Most of the boys took to the woods, either logging or doing something else in the lumber industry. Larry, however, took a job as the Eatonville school district janitor in 1916 and worked that job until 1946.
Clint, Larry, S. P., N. W., B. A. and S. L. were among the signers of the petition requesting incorporation of the Town of Eatonville in 1909. Clint Smith was elected Councilman of the first Town election. And S. L. Smith was the Town Marshal in 1912. (History of Southeastern Pierce County.)
Noah also became quite the boxer — some say world famous.
Photo courtesy of the Smith family.
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