Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

Page 174 -175




    The Raymond W. Smith family became a part of the Elliott community March 1, 1948 when they moved from a Griswold farm to the former Nathan Collins farm, then owned by Hector Turner of Griswold. It is located 1 mile west and 1Ĺ miles north of Elliott.

    Raymond is the son of G. R. (Ray) (1886-1975) and Iva Potter Smith (1896-1975) both born in the Griswold area.

Mrs. Smith (the former Bernice Crum) is the daughter of Louis C. Crum (1881-1962) born at Smith Center, Kansas in a sod house; and Elva Rumsey Crum (1884-1977) born near Red Oak, Iowa.

    Both Raymond and Bernice were born near Griswold, attended rural schools and graduated from Griswold High School. They were married in Everett, Wash. Dec. 20, 1942. There are three children: Murray R., b. 1944; Sheryl Lou, b. 1947; and Janis Colleen, b. 1949. Murray is married to the former Connie Jo Williams of Red Oak, and they have two children - - Zachary, age 6, and Sarah, age 3. They farm on Ebertís corner west of Elliott. Sheryl is married to Ronald Burroughs, and they have two daughters, Jennifer, age 7, and Julie, age 4. Sheryl is a Home Economics teacher and they farm east of Griswold. Janis is married to Douglas Ivie. She is an elementary school teacher, and they live in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

    Both Raymond and Murray in addition to their farming, do custom corn shelling over a wide area.

Raymond was in the Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1946 and was in air-sea rescue work. Murray was in the Navy from 1966 to 1970 and spent most of the time in the Vietnamese waters.

    Both Smith families belong to the Elliott United Methodist Church and have held many offices throughout the years.




~ Bernice Smith