R. Earle Smith, M. D. Among the enterprising
citizens of the younger generation in Gracemont, Oklahoma, R. Earle
Smith figures prominently as a successful physician and surgeon. He
has been engaged in the active practice of his profession in this
city for the past two years and during that period has acquired a
large and lucrative patronage here and in the adjacent countryside.
The Smith family
originated in England and representatives of the name came to America
and settled in New York in the early colonial days. The first born in
a family of seven children, Doctor Smith is a native of Gorman,
Texas, where his birth occurred, May 3, 1887. He is a son of C. C.
and Addie (Maun) Smith, the former of whom was born in Mobile,
Alabama, in 1856, and the latter of whom is a native of Norton,
Kansas, where she was born in 1857. The father was reared and
educated in Alabama and was a pioneer settler in the vicinity of
Gorman, Texas, in 1871. He was married in the latter place and was
actively engaged in farming and stock raising there until his
retirement from business. To him and his wife were born the following
children: Doctor Smith is the subject of this sketch; Marion is
county superintendent of schools for Eastland County, Texas; Low is a
successful and popular teacher in the schools of Eastland County;
Vera is a sophomore in the University of Texas; Charles is a
sophomore in the Denton Normal College; Iola is a junior in the
Gorman High School; and May is a pupil in the public school of
After a thorough
preliminary education in the public and high schools of Gorman,
Texas, Doctor Smith attended Hankins Normal College, in Eastland
County, Texas, graduating in the class of 1906. He then entered the
University of California, in which he completed the course in 1909
and in the following year he was matriculated as a student in the
University of Oklahoma, in which excellent institution he was
graduated in 1913, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Doctor
Smith began his professional work in Gracemont, this state, and his
splendid success here indicates a thorough preparedness for his life
work. His offices are in the Gracemont Drug Building, on Main Street.
In politics he is enrolled as a democrat, and in a fraternal way he
affiliates with Gracemont Lodge No. 344, Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons; and with Gracemont Camp, Woodmen of the World. Doctor Smith
is essentially progressive in his professional work and as a citizen
he gives his ardent support to all measures and enterprises tending
to promote the public welfare.
In 1910, in Norman,
Oklahoma, occurred the marriage of Doctor Smith to Miss Effie
Brisbin, a daughter of Mrs. Flora Brisbin, of Norman. Doctor and Mrs.
Smith are devout members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of
Gracemont, in which he serves on the official board. They are both
popular in the social life of Gracemont and are held in high esteem
by their fellow citizens.