Evelyn May Higbie Smith

Little Evelyn May Higbie was such a happy baby at five months old, giggling all through the process of having her photograph taken at the Fulton Art Studio at 453 Fulton Street in Brooklyn.

Evelyn was born on August 18, 1913 in Queens, NYC, as the only child of Theodore Burton Higbie and Anna Laura née Kellett. The family lived in Jamaica in Queens where father Theodore worked at a bank. In 1922, he joined the Bank of Manhattan Co. and was appointed the manager of the Hollis Branch in 1926.

Mrs. Higbie accompanied her husband to Democratic Party events in Brooklyn, as can be read in The Chat of April 12, 1924.

When Evelyn was 19 years old, her parents got divorced with a bit of a scandal due to her father’s infidelity. Times Union of August 9, 1933, reported about the Higbies’ maid Mrs. Selover giving her testimony in the court of law as a witness of the said affair, and Mr. Higbie owned up to his infidelity a couple of days later. Evelyn’s parents separated and she moved in with her mother Anna Laura at 166-05 88th Avenue in Jamaica, New York.

By 1930, Evelyn was working as a clerk at a bank. On March 21, 1935, Evelyn married Marshall Dwight Jay Smith, also a clerk at the bank. Perhaps this began as a workplace romance? Evelyn gave birth to their son Marshall Jr. in 1937, and to daughter Sandra (later Murray) in 1942.

When the US entered WWII, Marshall was drafted to the US Army. At the time, the Smiths were living at 107 New York Ave, in Oceanside, New York, and Marshall was working at the same bank as his father-in-law.

Evelyn passed away on May 6, 1969, at just 55 years of age. She was laid to rest at the Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum in East Farmingdale, New York.

I have added Evelyn’s photo to FamilySearch and to FindaGrave.

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