Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 1052


WALTER DALE SMITH, D. D. S. - One of the most progressive and valuable members of the dental fraternity of Kansas is Dr. Walter Dale Smith, one of the youngest members of his profession and a native of the state. Dr. Smith was born in Clyde, Kansas, January 4, 1880, and is the son of Uriah and Jennie (Sitton) Smith. The father was born in the state of New York in 1848 and accompanied his parents to Kansas in 1854, when a mere child. The family later located in Valley Falls and from there removed to New York, Uriah being a young man at the time. In 1862 he took up arms for the cause of the Union, enlisting in the One Hundred and Twenty-sixth New York Regiment. After the war he returned to Kansas and was married in Wayne, Kansas, his wife being a native of Savannah, Missouri. He and his wife reared to useful manhood and womanhood the following family of children: Clarence W., physician of Cherokee, Oklahoma; Daisy F., wife of J. J. Newell, of Colorado; Leroy V., engaged in the stationery business in Oklahoma City; Dr. Smith, of this review, and Honor B., a farmer residing near Clyde, Kansas. In his political affiliations Uriah Smith is a Republican. He is a member of the Methodist church.

Dr. Smith was reared in Clyde. He had the misfortune to lose his mother when he was eight years of age, her demise occurring in 1884. He attended the public schools and was graduated from the high school, and subsequently spent several years studying in Baker University at Baldwin, Kansas. He then entered the dental college at Kansas City, Missouri, and in due time received his diploma from that institution. In 1906 he was fully prepared to enter upon his career and opened dental parlors in Rosedale, where he has every modern invention known to the profession. Dr. Smith is ambitious and devoted to his profession and his youth does not prevent his realization that only constant study and application can keep the dentist at the head of his profession.

In 1908, Dr. Smith was united in marriage to Miss Selma Nixon, of Maryville, Missouri, and he and his young wife both enjoy secure place in popular confidence and esteem. Both are prominent members of the Methodist church. In political convictions he is a Republican ever casting his ballot for and using his influence to further the good of the community.

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