John J. SmithSon, obituary
April 10, 2009
John J. Smithson, 82, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at his home in Kalispell, Mont.
He was born in Chinook, Mont. On Sept. 26, 1926, to Roy and Ora (Hamaker) Smithson. He was raised on the family ranch (North Slope Ranch) near Hogeland, Mont., until age 20. He had four siblings, Louise, George, Jean and Bill. On one of his trips to St. Paul with cattle, he met Alda Anderson at Dawson, Minn. They were married June 21, 1947, in Dawson and returned to the ranch near Hogeland for a short while before moving to Havre, Mont. They had three children during this time, Susan, John and Jame...