John Wesley Smith was born on 13 Jun in Texas, the son of Simon and Nancy Elizabeth Smith. There is some conflict in the exact year of his birth. The K-State transcript give 1893 as his birth year, while the 1900 census gives 1892 as the year. The WWI Draft Registration form indicates 1894.
John Smith was one of thirteen children, which included: Mary, Nancy Elizabeth, Ernestine Francis, William, Silvey, Jimmie, Daisy, twins Clarence and Clara, Maudesta, and Fred. He attended Prairie View Normal until 1918.
On 13 Sep 1920, he entered K-State studying agriculture. The student directories indicate that he was a married student. He withdrew from school in Oct of 1920 to transfer back to Prairie View College in Texas, only to return to K-State in Nov of 1920. He received credit against the mandatory military drill exercises for two months and six days service in the US Army. In the spring semester of 1922, he transferred from the college proper to the School of Agriculture, operated under the auspices of the Federal Board for Vocational Education. He attended classes during the summer sessions of 1921 and 1922. He last attended during fall semester of 1923.
During his first and last year at K-State, he lived at 821 Yuma. He lived at 207 North 14th Street, working for the Womer family, during his second year. From this point forward, nothing is known about his life.
K-State Directory, 1920-1922
Royal Purple, 1923
1900 Census: Texas - Limestone County - Justice Precinct 5 - District 60
1910 Census: Texas - Limestone County - Justice Precinct 5 - District 43
World War I Draft Registration