Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Thomas Evan SMITH

Relatives said Tom and Amanda adopted niece Ada Mack but since her name was Mack in every census, it is doubtful it was ever made official.

Residences & events:

1888 Champaign, IL. Tom, as owner and president of Smith & Co trading in ice (artificial and natural) and wholesale meats, built up an impressive business. He had 100 cars carrying supplies to housewives as well as for export to Itay, France, England, Israel, and Arabia. Among his wares were eggs, cheese, liquor, "oleomargarine" and butter, distilled water, meat, fruits and vegetables, poultry, and "anything else you can think of which needs to be kept cold." He handled 5000 - 10,000 tons of ice a year.

Son, Bud, took over the operation before selling it some 68 years later.

He and his wife were generous folks who shared their good fortune. Relatives remember them bringing truckloads of clothing to Mattoon every year for their less fortunate kin.

6/16/1900 Same place. That year Thomas E and Amanda M were both 38 years old, married 10 years with 4 children, all living: Gladys M, 7, Florence E, 5, Cleone F, 2, and Harold T, 2 months. Also counted there was niece, Ada C Mack, 10. Thomas' occupation was stock buyer.

4/15/1910 Still there. The census taker recorded Thomas and Amanda at age 47, married 20 years with 5 children: children Gladys M, 17, Florence E, 15, Cleone F, 12, Harold T, 10, Alice A, 8, plus niece Ada C Mack, 20. Thomas was back in the ice business as President of the company.

1/2/1920 Same place. By the next census Thomas was 57 and Amanda was 58. Children still at home were Harold A, 19, Cleone F, 21, and Alice A, 17. Also still there was Ada K Mack, 29. Thomas was owner of the ice company, no one else had jobs.

4/3/1930 Same address. At age 68 Thomas and Amanda had been married for 27 years, they owned their home which was valued at $14,000 and owned a radio. Ada Mack, 40, was still with them as well as 27 year old public school teacher Phoebe Thrall, boarder. Thomas still held the position of President of the ice company.

1930 was the last time either Tom or Smith & Co were listed in the city directory.

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