The Overall Gang #4 ~ John Pleasant “Bud” Smith Jr

A lot of time while writing about our ancestors, we focus on those who would be considered successful by current standards. After all, there is usually far more documentation and sources that we can draw from that makes developing the story of their lives much easier. Looking through photos I made a discovery! I have quite a few pictures of my ancestors wearing farmers overalls. The majority of my ancestors spent their whole lives making a home and raising a family on a farm. To them, wearing overalls was a sign of honor, and they were proud of what they did. So to honor these hard-working men I will highlight the life of one of the “overall gang” each week, including the photo and a brief biography of the legacy they left behind.

My Uncle Bud was born on a farm outside of Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri on October 1, 1906. He loved farm life and just about any job done on a farm. That is everything except having to feed or clean up after the pigs. He swore that when he grew up he would be a farmer with no pigs.

He lived at home on his fathers farm until he got married in 1936. Then he got a farm of his own that just so happened to be right next door to his parents! So although he himself did not own any pigs, he still had to help his father with his. Bud had a large garden for the family, growing all their favorite fruits and vegetables, especially watermelons. His main crop was hemp. At one time, the Lexington area was the largest producer in the State. During World War II he served in the Navy. Upon coming home he continued with farming, but not as his sole income. He went to work at the Lake City Arsenal plant. He died on May 9, 1974, at the age of 67.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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