Bellzona's Picture Book
The Osages - Jeffry
and Annie Smith
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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