Isaiah Crouch Smith
- Born: 17 Aug 1845, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
- Marriage: Sarah Emma Hardin on 7 Feb 1867 in Appanoose County, Iowa
- Died: 4 Feb 1926, Brandon, Coos County, Oregon at age 80
- Buried: IOOF Cemetery, Brandon, Coos County, Oregon
Noted events in his life were:
• General History. Isaiah Crouch Smith was born in Memphis, Tennessee on 17 August 1845, the son of Calvin M. Smith and Lavesta (Pennington) Smith. According to the history of his brother, Anthony H. Smith, the family left Tennessee and came to Iowa in 1851, settling near Moravia in Appanoose County where they apparently farmed. Isaiah grew to manhood there and married Sarah Emma Hardin on 7 February 1867. Their first child, Minnie was born there in 1868. In 1870, Isaiah, his immediate family and other family members moved to York County, Nebraska. Here the remainder of his children were born: Calvin, 1871; Delcie (Della), 1873; Ralph L., 1877; Ora Pearl, 1888 and Maud Matilda 22 February 1884. In 1887, Isaiah and his family moved to Dawes County Nebraska, near Whitney where Isaiah purchased land in Sections 8 and 9 of Township 31 North, Range 50 West from Mr. Ole From on 26 August 1887. These purchases are recorded in Dawes County Land Records, Book B, Pages 422 and 423. While living in the vicinity, Isaiah bought and sold several other parcels of land and was apparently very successful in his land deals and farming. He served for a time on the School Board for District 84, "Hardscrabble" and was Director for at least a term. This information was obtained from School Census'. According to Florence (Garner) Nyberg, his Grandaughter, Isaiah suffered from Asthma. As best as can determine, Isaiah disposed of some of his property and moved his family into Crawford in 1893 where he earned a living as a carpenter, building houses and buying and selling property all of which are recorded in Dawes County Records. According to Florence, the family was also involved in the restaurant business for a while. In about 1900, Isaiah and Sarah sold some of their property and moved to Oregon probably by covered wagon. It is believed that their two sons accompanied them and settled somewhere in Douglas County near Roseburg and south of Eugene where he farmed until about 1916. His youngest daughter, Maud was married to Frank L. Garner in April of 1900 and they may have accompanied her parents and brothers to Oregon, although it is believed that they went a short time later. Frank and Maud returned to Nebraska in 1902 having found Oregon and conditions not to their liking. Florence Nyberg reports that the middle names of her brother James Eugene and her son Clarence Eugene came to be as a result of Isaiah and Sarah's location. In about 1916, Isaiah and Sarah moved to Bandon, Coos County, Oregon where he lived until his death on 4 February 1926. He reportedly suffered a stroke sometime before his death which was attributed to "Senile Dibility." During his illness, his daughter, Minnie, traveled to Oregon to help her Mother care for Isaiah. After Isaiah's death, she brought her Mother back to Nebraska by train to live. She died some 20 days after her husband, Isaiah. Isaiah's daughter, Della, preceded him in death. It is believed all of his children were there for his funeral, except for Maud his youngest daughter. Isaiah Smith was a very industrious and hard working man and a true pioneer.
Isaiah married Sarah Emma Hardin on 7 Feb 1867 in Appanoose County, Iowa. (Sarah Emma Hardin was born on 5 Nov 1850 in Appanoose County, Iowa and died on 24 Feb 1926 in Crawford, Dawes County, Nebraska.)