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Family Album: Smart-Olson

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Date: 1933 to 2006
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This album contains photos and other memorabilia of the family created by the 1933 marriage of Irvin Claude "Ike" Smart (Minnesota-born 1910) and Elaine Beatrice "Enie" Olson (Wisconsin-born 1913), including their five children: William Irvin "Bill" Smart (born 1933), Robert Lee "Bob" Smart (born 1935), Diane Lee Smart (born-died 1941), Richard James "Rick" Smart (born 1944) and Rod E. Smart (born 1951).


Aiken, Minnesota

Aitkin, Minnesota c1940
After graduating from the Teachers College, Ike with a four-year degree, and Enie with a two-year one, the couple moved to Wadena County, Minnesota, about 40 miles west of Ike's childhood home in Crosby. There, 4 Nov 1933, eleven months after she wed Ike, 20 year-old Enie gave birth to their first child, Bill.[1] They continued to reside in Wadena County in 1935,[2] where Enie gave birth there to their second child, Bob, 30 Mar 1935.[3] By 1939, Ike was teaching physical education and coaching basketball and track at Aitkin High School, in Aitkin, Aitkin County, Minnesota, about 60 miles east of where he and Enie had settled in Wadena County.[4] Ike and Enie lived in Aitkin in 1940, in a home they owned on Third Avenue, with Bill and Bob, and two lodgers.[5] Ike continued working as a teacher in the local high school.[6]

There, in Atkin, shortly before Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into the Second World War, Ike and Enie had a daughter, Diane, 15 Sep 1941, but less than a month later, 13 Oct 1941, they lost her, burying her with a small marker in Atkin's Lakeview Cemetery.[7] Toward the end of the War, when Enie was age 31, Ike and Enie saw the birth of their fourth child, a son, Rick, 3 July 1944.[8]

Fairfield, Iowa

Fairfield, Iowa c1960

By 1949, Ike and Enie had relocated to a single family home at 102 North Cromwell Street in Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, where they resided with their three sons, Bill, Bob and Rick.[9] About this time, Ike had begun working as a salesman for a national jewelry company, Josten's, for whom he'd continue to work through his retirement,[10] while their son, Bob, worked shining shoes at a local barber shop.[11]

In Fairfield, 28 Feb 1951, at age 38, Enie gave birth to her and Ike's fifth and final child, Rod.[12]

Montana Vacation

In about 1953, when Ike and Enie were about age 43 and 40, respectively, they and two of their sons, Rick (about age 9) and Rod (about age 2), joined Ike's brother, Bill, and Bill's wife, Dixie, and Bill and Dixie's three boys, John (about age 13), Jim (about age 6) and Jeremy (about age 3), on a joint family vacation to Glacier National Park, in Montana. The following photos were taken during that vacation.

Ike and his brother, Bill
Ike c1953
Enie and Dixie c1953
Rick and cousin John c1953
Rick and cousin John c1953
Rick and cousin John c1953
Left to right are first cousins Jeremy Smart, Jim Smart, John Smart, Rick Smart and Rod Smart. The back of the photo says, "Yea! Smarts." It's three rounds of "rah rah sis boom bah" followed by "Yea Smarts," and everyone throws up their hands like that. Not sure how far back that goes, but it's continued at least two generations since, at least in the family of Rick's son, Christopher Smart.

Enie and her sister, Lue

Beatrice, Nebraska

Beatrice, Nebraska c1968
By 1968, Ike and Enie had moved to Beatrice, Gage County, in southeastern Nebraska, a city of about 12,000, about 40 miles south of Lincoln, the state capital,[13] because there's a record of Rod being a junior there in high school.[12] Their son, Rick, and his family lived in Beatrice about the same time.[8]

Enie with one of her favorite chairs. For much of her life, Enie decorated her homes with Oriental flair. This chair, in particular, was a staple of her homes for decades.

Later Years

L-R: "Enie" and her eldest son, Bill, and, on the far right, Bill's first cousin, John Smart, standing next to his mother, Dixie. c2005


  1. See Son William Irvin "Bill" Smart's Profile.
  2. Their 1935 Wadena County residence is confirmed by the 1940 Census, discussed elsewhere in this profile.
  3. See Son Robert Lee "Bob" Smart's Profile.
  4. The 1939 Aitkin (Minnesota) High School Yearbook identifies, at page 5, "Irvin Smart" as a "Senior High and Special Teacher," with a picture of him, and, at page 10, under "Aitkin Public Schools Directory 1939-40," and further under the category of "Special Teachers," "Irvin Smart- Phys.Ed. Director, Coach-B.B., track, Crosby, Minnesota." See "U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012"; School Name: Aitkin High School; Year: 1939. Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  5. 1940 Atkin MN Census (citation): Residing in the $3000 home they owned on Third Avenue in Aitkin are "Irvin C. Smart" (age 29, MN-born 4/10/1910-4/11/1911, completed four years of college) and his wife, "Elaine Smart" (age 27, at home, WI-born 4/10/1912-4/11/1913, completed one year of college) living iwith their sons, "William" (age 6, student, MN-born 4/10/1933-4/11/1934) and "Robert" (age 4, MN-born 4/10/1935-4/11/1936), and two lodgers, "Emma Turnbald" (age 31, MN-born) and "Dorothy Prahl" (age 25, MN-born), and confirming that in 1935 Ike, Enie and Bill had lived in Wadena County, Minnesota. Birth ranges above calculated online using ages at census and census enumeration date.
  6. 1940 Atkin MN Census (citation): "Irvin C. Smart" ("instructional coach" in a "public school," having completed four years of college).
  7. See Daughter Diane Lee Smart's Profile.
  8. 8.0 8.1 See Son Richard James "Rick" Smart's Profile.
  9. 1950 Fairfield IA Census (citation): Residing at "102 N Cromwell" in Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, are "Irvin C. Smart" (age 39, MN-born 4/6/1910-4/5/1911) and his wife, "Elaine Smart" (age 37, at home, WI-born 4/6/1912-4/5/1913), and their sons, "William I. Smart" (age 16, student, MN-born 4/6/1933-4/5/1934), "Robert L. Smart" (age 14, MN-born 4/6/1935-4/5/1936) and "Richard J. Smart" (age 5, MN-born 4/6/1944-4/5/1945). Birth ranges above calculated online using ages at census and census enumeration date.
  10. 1950 Fairfield IA Census (citation): "Irvin C. Smart" ("salesman" for "jewelry co").
  11. 1950 Fairfield IA Census (citation): "Robert L. Smart" (age 14, "shoe shine" at "barber shop").
  12. 12.0 12.1 See Son Rod E. Smart's Profile.
  13. Wikipedia contributors, "Beatrice, Nebraska," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Beatrice,_Nebraska&oldid=956644411 (accessed May 23, 2020).

  • General Citations
  • 1940 Atkin MN Census. 1940 US Census, Population Schedules for Aitkin, Aitkin County, Minnesota, enumerated 10 Apr 1940. Enumeration District 1-2B. National Archives Microcopy 627, Roll 1903, Page 4B. Available online without restriction at the National Archives.
  • 1950 Fairfield IA Census. 1950 US Census, Population Schedules for Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, enumerated 5 Apr 1950. Enumeration District 51-6. Sheet No. 71. Available online without restriction at the National Archives, here.

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