Laurabelle Hockensmith – Born 110 Years Ago Today

Chester Smith and Laurabelle Hockensmith 50th Anniversary

Laurabelle Hockensmith was born May 7, 1902 in Ottawa, Kansas, the 13th of 14 children born to Samuel Francis Hockensmith and Louisa (Lou) Case. Laurabelle was the younger sister of my (step)grandfather Glenn Hockensmith. I didn’t know Laurabelle well, but when I visited my grandparents in Junction City, Kansas, we would go to her home or they would drive out to the farm. Laurabelle and her husband, Chester (I think he went by Chet), had a daughter about my age and I think my grandparents wanted me to have someone my age to spend time with during my summer vacations at the farm.

Chester Smith and Laurabelle Hockensmith

I didn’t know until recently that Laurabelle shared an interest in genealogy and I am fortunate to have a copy of a Hockensmith and Case family history that she wrote in 1981. I’ll share some of it here at a later time.

I remember her as she looks in the picture at the top of the post.

Does anyone have pictures, stories, newspaper clippings, etc. to share about Laurabelle?