WALLACE WILLIAM WALTER SMITH
WALLACE WILLIAM WALTER SMITH.--Born on the old Hart Smith ranch at Isleton,
on May 3, 1877, W. W. W. W. Smith is the son of Hart F. and Maggie (McKever)
Smith. The father was born in Illinois,
and in 1852 came to California, settling in Sacramento
County. Warren Smith was the youngest in a family of
ten children born to these pioneer parents.
He received his education at the Isleton grammar school, Hoitt’s private school at Burlingame,
and the University of California,
graduating in the class of 1902 with the degree M. E. During his college days he was a prominent
football star, and was known all over the country as “Locomotive Smith.” At the University
of California he was a member of
the Skull and Keys, Winged Hemet, and Sigma Nu
Fraternities. He was custodian of the
famous “Stanford Axe” in 1901 and was elected football captain of the
University eleven for the year 1901. He
made his three C’s his Freshman year, playing right half in the football team,
catcher on the Varsity baseball team, and second place in the hammer throw on
the track. In 1901 he went to the University
of Oregon as coach for the
University football team. After
finishing the season he returned to the University of California; but on
account of his having been coach at the University of Oregon, he was barred
from the intercollegiate football game, being classed as a professional
football player, much to the disgust and to the great indignation of the
students, who raised the college yells in protest, the slogan being, “We want
Locomotive Smith! Remember Smith!” An all-round athlete, at that time Mr. Smith
held the record for hammer-throwing, and was the idolized hero of his college
his college days, Mr. Smith returned home to the delta of the Sacramento
River and engaged in ranching with his brother-in-law, Mr. Bryan,
until the death of John W. Harris, another brother-in-law, the husband of his
sister Annie. Mr. Harris had been the
proprietor of a butcher shop in Isleton; and after his death Mr. Smith and his
sister conducted the shop as partners until, 1914, when the business was
discontinued. In 1907 Mr. Smith’s
brother, John Kennedy Smith, died; and his wife having preceded him, Warren
Smith inherited fifty-two acres, a portion of his brother’s holdings, known as
the John Kennedy ranch, located on Grand Island about two miles south of
Ryde. In July of that year, Warren W.
Smith started the erection of his fine home on the ranch and in December the
family moved into their new residence, where they have since made their home,
the ranch being mostly devoted to fruit.
On the death of Mr. Smith’s parents, the old home ranch of 595 acres was
conducted as a corporation for a few years; recently it has been divided, 148
acres coming to Mr. Smith as his share, which is devoted to orchards and to the
growing of asparagus. A believer in
cooperative marketing of farm produce, Mr. Smith is a member of the California
Pear Growers’ Association, California Asparagus Growers’ Association, and
California Peach Growers’ Association.
marriage of Mr. Smith, which occurred at the Wickstrom ranch on Grand
Island, November 2, 1907, united him with Miss Lillian Catherine
Wickstrom, born in San Francisco, a daughter of Charles August
and Lisette (Huth) Wickstrom, the father a native of Stockholm,
Sweden, and the mother a native of Germany. Her parents came to California in pioneer
days and were married in San Francisco, the father later purchasing a ranch on
the Sacramento River near Ryde, where he spent most of his days, rearing his
family there; and there Lisette Wickstrom still resides on the old home ranch,
consisting of 100 acres devoted to fruit-raising. Mrs. Smith has one brother, Godfried, of Hayward. She received her education in the schools of
the Good Hope district, Mt. St. Gertrude’s Academy,
Rio Vista, and the California Business
College at San Francisco. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs.
Smith: Marion Anna and Warren Wallace.
Smith and his wife have both been prominent in civic, social, and fraternal
life in their community. He is a member
of Isleton Lodge, No. 108, I. O. O. F., in which he is a past grand; and with
his wife he is a member of Hogate Rebekah Lodge, No.
294, Isleton, in which Mrs. Smith is a past noble grand. He also belongs to Sacramento Lodge, No 6, B.
P. O. Elks. Believing that protection is
a fundamental principle in national politics, Mr. Smith is a strong
Republican. He is very much alive to all
projects which mean the further development of its resources and the carrying
on of the good work so ably started by his pioneer parents and their
contemporaries in the early days.
Transcribed by Barbara Gaffney.
Source: Reed, G. Walter, History of Sacramento County, California With Biographical Sketches,
Pages 480-485. Historic Record Company, Los
Angeles, CA. 1923.
© 2007 Barbara Gaffney.