Lenore Frances Speidel

Lenore Frances Speidel

Female 1877 - 1968  (91 years)

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  • Name  Lenore Frances Speidel 
    Born  23 Aug 1877  Corvallis, OR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  21 Dec 1968  Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age  91 years 
    Person ID  I49  Bratt Family Tree
    Last Modified  27 Dec 2010 

    Father  Joesph Frances Speidel,   b. 22 Jul 1849, Buffalo New Nork Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1917, Alhambra, California Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 67 years 
    Mother  Harriet Elizabeth Luper,   b. 16 Dec 1853, Tangent, OR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1951, Los Angeles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 97 years 
    Married  26 Apr 1874  Nr. Albany OR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Speidel, Joesph and Harriet E. Luper
    Speidel, Joesph and Harriet E. Luper
    On their wedding day
    Family ID  F44  Group Sheet

    Family  William Jasper Smith,   b. 22 Jan 1874, Fullerton, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1938, Los Angeles Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 64 years 
    Married  24 Dec 1898  Buena Park, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Harry Frances Smith,   b. 16 May 1901, Buena Park, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Mar 1967, Manhattan Beach, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 65 years
     2. Stanley Dunbar Smith,   b. 20 Mar 1907, Buena Park, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Mar 1973  Age: 65 years
     3. William Leslie Smith,   b. 21 Feb 1909,   d. 02 Jan 1998  Age: 88 years
     4. Katherine Elizabeth Smith,   b. 29 Aug 1913, Fullerton, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jul 1986, El Segundo, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 72 years
    Family ID  F21  Group Sheet

  • Photos

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    Speidel, Lenore Frances and Morneen (Miki) Cutter
    Speidel, Lenore Frances and Morneen (Miki) Cutter
    Speidel, Lenore Frances (Smith)
    Speidel, Lenore Frances (Smith)
    Smith, Harry and Lenore F. Speidel (Smith)
    Smith, Harry and Lenore F. Speidel (Smith)
    Speidel, Lenore F.
    Speidel, Lenore F.
    Age 16 years old
    Speidel, Lenore
    Speidel, Lenore
    Cutter, Morneen (Miki), Lenore Speidel Smith, Louise Conkey (Ringo)
    Cutter, Morneen (Miki), Lenore Speidel Smith, Louise Conkey (Ringo)
    At Miki Cutter and Gerrit Bratt's wedding
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

    Headstones
    Speidel, Lenore (Smith)
    Speidel, Lenore (Smith)
    Headstone

  • Notes 
    • Lenore Speidel Smith's synopsis of her life -- Miki Bratt
      "Lenore was born in Corvallis. Hattie and Joe had a farm with some cows. Joe did blacksmithing there. (In 1940, the property was across from Oregon State University).

      These were horse and buggy days. When Lenore was just a little bit of a thing, she had a pony and would ride out to round up the cows for milking. Her playmates and best friends were her cousins. She wasvery fond of Ora and Jennie's oldest, and her parents made many visits, back and forth to George's farm near Eugene to cousins Edna, Mollie, and Beth.

      Once in the time before she started school, Lenore stood in her nightie near the wood stove to get warm. She stood too near and her nightie caught fire. Luckily, she was not badly burned.

      The family came to California. Lenore went to High school with Kuchel's, Stern's and Smith's. She fell in love with Will Smith. They were married in the Congregational Church in Buena Park.

      Lenore writes: "Lived in Fullerton for awhile. We moved back to Buena Park. Bought a little cottage that we made all over [remodeled] (Next to Park House Hotel).

      "In 1901 I had my first child, a boy, Harry Frances Smith. Later years, March 9, 1967, he died of heart trouble. Five years later, we were blessed with another boy, 1907, Stanley Dunbar Smith and in 1909, William Leslie Smith. We moved to Carlsbad where my husband was a foreman of a 640 [acre?] ranch for two years. Moved back to Fullerton. My husband was interested in Orange and Walnut Groves. In 1913, Aug. 29, a baby girl was born. Later, the crash came and we lost the big Orange Grove.

      Will was foreman of Thumb Ranch. Thumb made his money in sticky fly paper." From a 1909 Photograph.

      Fullerton ranch waa purchased from the Zeyn girls (1920). From photo taken at party to celebrate moving to the Fullerton Ranch. Stanley home at 511 W. Ash, Fullerton is on old ranch property.

      After the ranch was lost Hattie invited Lenore to come stay with her and keep house at 1342 Shatto St. In turn, Hattie promised Lenore half the house. Lenore lived there from around 1931, until a few months before her death in 1968. Will took a job as manager of a ranch on Orangethorpe (in Fullerton) across from Retta's place. He lived in a garage appartment.

      Lenore and Will visited back and forth. They fixed a clapboard room and a curtained room in the basement at 1342 Shatto St. There were two double beds and a day bed there. Sometimes Lenore stayed with Will, sometimes at Hanna's ranch nextdoor to Retta.

      In Fullerton, Lenore accepted care of Jeannie and Gloria Crawford children of Ted Crawford, a musician. Lenore had a lasting relationship with Ted. There were rumors. At the least he was a very gallant son. She gave him money from time to time. He was always in the hole.

      There were also rumors about Will at the same time with a relationship with Mary Milrick, a fashionable Anaheim dressmaker. At the least Will and Mary played cards together with the Simths.

      The Smiths were all great card players. Poker and Bridge. Will played cards regularly, much to Lenores chagrin. he wouldn't play anything except rummy and a little casino. She usually did her iorning evenings while Will played with his sisters. There was a lot of ironing and it was still done with a flat iron, heated on a wood stove. But they had an automobile. Lenore was very proud of her home, her china and silver, and her position as a respected family in the community.