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The Osages - Jeffry and Annie Smith


Children of Sam Smith and Hunka Mon KahnChildren of Sam Smith and Hunka Mon Kahn, Saucy Chief Jeffry was probably named after his Uncle Jefferson Smith who is pictured with his sister-in-law, Grace Snake Hide, Berry.

Annie was a beautiful girl. When she was in high school, she was spoken of as being striking in her beauty. Not only was she physically beautiful but it was said she had beautiful ways. She was struck down by tuberculosis and was required to be hospitalized in a sanitarium. While there she made friends with the nurses and the doctors. An acquaintance made the statement that she was a little jealous of how well Annie was liked. She kept busy and saw to it the children always received her hand crafted gifts. Maybe it was at the hospital where she learned the art of China painting. Her lovely hand painted China was coveted by the family. Annie never married and when her Mother, Hunka Mon Kahn, Saucy Chief, Mrs. Sam Smith became ill it was Annie who cared for her.

Mrs. Sam Smith, Hunka Mon Kahn, Annie's mother, lived as neighbors to Joe and Bell Jones. Both families lived at the edge of the Ralston bridge. Mrs. Smith was in very poor health. She was severely diabetic. Her legs were amputated and she was confined to a wheel chair. In spite of this she was still able to maintain a home for her family but not without help. Her heirs remember eating at her table as the tradition is still practiced. There would be not one setting of the table, but many. As soon as one group finished, another group would come to eat. It is always an orderly procedure. The cooks must work together in cooperation and unity, without becoming tired. Maybe this was the first "fast food." Mrs. Smith was not bi-lingual. She did not speak English.

Sam Smith, father of Annie and Jeffry was a small business man in about the area. He operated a small oil company with his son until about 1949.

Annie is buried next to her Mother at the Pawhuska cemetery. Annie Lee Smith was born March 11, 1911 at Ralston. She died January 24, 1938 in Tucson, Arizona. Her faith was Catholic. She was nine years younger than the author's father, Lee Otis Jones, son of Bell Zona, who was her neighbor at this time.

Annie's mother, Hun kah Mohn Kah (Sacred Eagle), daughter of Saucy Chief was born December 24, 1886. She married Sam Smith in 1908. She died July 27, 1946.


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