Glen A. Smith reflects on his childhood in Hume, Missouri, where he was born in 1879 and where he worked on the family farm until the age of 14 when he was sent to the home of an uncle in Fredericksburg, Illinois, after his mother became ill. He recalls his attempt to enlist in the Spanish-American War, which was thwarted by his father who informed a police officer that Smith was still a minor. Smith talks about following his brother to Blackwell, Oklahoma, where he checked fences and managed cattle. He relives short vignettes of life in the late 1880s and 90s which include purchasing his first pony as a child, relic hunting with his brother, hunting and gathering in the woods of Missouri, turning his first small profits as a farm boy, and as a young man, experiencing the Oklahoma frontier during the last throes of the Homestead Act.
Missouri; Illinois; Oklahoma; Homestead Act; Farming; Hunting; American Indians; Ranching; Lumber; Spanish-American War
Glen A. Smith Reminiscences Oral History Project, OH 006, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Smith, Glen A., "Glen A. Smith Reminiscence 1" (1950). Glen A. Smith Reminiscences Oral History Project. 1.