John "Battling" Smith
Submitted by Dale Foresythe
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John Frederick Smith - was born 10 Mar 1899 in Marmaduke, Arkansas. John died 04 Jan 1981 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He had a light complexion, blue eyes and reddish-blonde hair. He was a heavy built man with large arms and chest. John was a tough kid that started out in the boxing professionally by battling boxer who traveled around the county challenging local fighters for prize money. John never lost one of these fights. It was after beating one these big-time traveling fighters, who went all over America fighting, in a fight that he was supposed to lose (found out at the last moment that his Dad had bet on him), that he had to move out of the state. He moved to Detroit. There he became a barber, also working at Fischer Body, plus he started boxing professionally, as a way to earn extra income. John fought in a lot of professional fights in Detroits Fairview Boxing Club. It is said that John was once in an opening fight in Olympic Stadium, where Jack Dempsey also fought defending his title. In his youth, he had also learned his grandfather's trade blacksmithing, where he specialized in horse shoeing, and considered one of the best in Greene County. He spent 4 years in the army cavalry and fought in the Spanish-American War. John once told his son Rodney, that the greatest compliment he ever received was during a Army Parade Review, John was sitting on his mount in front of his troops, when the Company Commander looked at John's horse and said, "I would love to have a regiment of horses like that!" To which General John Black Jack Pershing, who was looking at John Smith, replied, "I would love to have a troop of men like him!" John first married Lorene Childress at age 22, which after a year and no children, they divorced. John then married Inez Loretta Clark in Knoxville, Tennessee. Inez died on 18 Mar 1931, nine days after given birth to their one son - Conrad Curtis Smith, born 09 Mar 1931 in Knoxville, TN. John next married Maude Elizabeth Thomas on Nov 1931 in Middlesboro, KY. They had one son - Rodney Fred Smith, born 27 Jul 1934, in Knox County, TN. Johns parents were George Newton Smith and Cynthia Ann Howton, who lived in New Friendship Community. Their youngest daughter Daisy Dean Smith was my mother (Dale Curtis Foresythe), who married Robert Leman Foresythe. Dale lives in Mountain Home, Arkansas and Dale's cousin - Rodney Fred Smith (John's son), lives in Seymour, Tennessee.
SCRAMBLES HIS PROGRAM
THEN , AFTER A LITTLE SCRAMBLING OF THE REMAINDER OF THE PROGRAM , HE WAS ALL SET. TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT , BEFORE THE EVENING WAS OVER THE FANS IN ATTENDANCE GOT UP OUT OF THEIR SEATS AND HOWLED THEMSELVES HOARSE , WHICH PLEASED THE HARRIS TWINS VERY MUCH , FOR THEY WERE VOICING THEIR APPROVAL OF THE MAIN BOUT IN WHICH AL ANDERSON , OF TOLEDO , AND TINY GROVES OF WASHINGTON , D.C. DISPORTED THEMSELVES IN THE RING PUT THERE JUST FOR SUCH A DISPORTING.
THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT WAS THAT MR. ANDERSON HAD THE BEST OF MR. GROVES IN THE EIGHT ROUNDS , ALTHOUGH THE REFEREE DIDN'T SAY SO , BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT GIVING DECISIONS AROUND HERE ANYMORE SINCE THE LITTLE AFFAIR AT THE MOOSE LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT . RINGSIDE OPINION , HOWEVER , FAVORED MR. ANDERSON , SO THAT'S THAT.
TWO KNOCKOUTS HELPED TO MAKE THE EVENING EVEN STILL MORE INTERESTING FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF THE SPECTATORS. IN ONE , JOHNNY SMITH , OF MT. CLEMENS , PUT CHUCK ROGERS , OF TOLEDO , AWAY IN THREE ROUNDS , HAD SHOWN MICKEY FORBES , OF NEW YORK CITY , WHERE TO GET OFF AT. SMITH KNOCKED FORBES DOWN THREE TIMES AND THEN , EVIDENTLY FEELING THAT HE HAD HIS SHARE KNOCKED HIM KICKING IN THE THIRD ROUND.
STONEWALL MILLER BEATEN
STONEWALL MILLER , DIRECT FROM THAT TEEMING METROPOLIS , TIFLIN , OHIO , WASN'T MUCH OF A STONEWALL TO FRANK WHEELER OF FERNDALE . WHEELER HAD A DECIDED EDGE OVER MILLER IN THE SIX ROUNDS THAT THEY WERE IN THE RING.
IN THE OTHER BOUT , FRISKY SCHULL , OF TOLEDO , DEFEATED HENRY GAMPO , OF SCRANTON , IN SIX ROUNDS.
AND BEST OF ALL , FEELING THAT HE HADN'T TREATED LITTLE NELL RIGHT , MR. HARRIS HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THERE WILL BE AN EXTRA BOUT AT THE NEXT SHOW TO MAKE UP FOR THE CURTAILED CARD HE PRESENTED LAST NIGHT.
HEAVIES STAY UPRIGHT
ALL BUT ONE OF THE HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHTERS AT THE FAIRVIEW ATHLETIC CLUB LAST NIGHT WORE EXTENSION SOLES AND A PACKED HOUSE THEREBY WAS SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTED.
TOMMY GARDNER WAS THE IMPRUDENT ONE WHO WENT THE RING WITH NO OUTBOARDS FOR HIS ROUND HEELS . GARDNER LASTED TWO AND A HALF ROUNDS WITH CARL BEERS , WHO PACKER A PRE-WAR WALLOP . GARDNER WAS UNCONSCIOUS FOR FIVE MINUTES.
REFEREE SAM HENNESSEY CALLED THE MAIN EVENT BETWEEN GORDON ANDERSON AND AL ANDERSON A DRAW AT THE END OF EIGHT ROUNDS. LEONARD PRICE SHOWED ENOUGH GLOVES TO MICKEY FORBES IN FOUR ROUNDS TO WIN THE NOD. FRISKY SCULL , TOLEDO , SMACKED AROUND HENRY GOMBO ENOUGH TO WIN THE DECISION IS SIX ROUNDS. JOHNNY SMITH HAD RUFE HAYMAKER HELPLESS IN THE FOURTH ROUND , WHEN REFEREE HENNESSEY STOPPED IT. THE BOUT SHORTENED AT HAYMAKERS REQUEST FROM SIX TO FOUR ROUNDS BUT HE DIDN'T SHORTEN IT QUITE ENOUGH. GUY POOK AND CHUCK DORIS FOUGHT TO A DRAW IN THE VEST ROUND OF THE EVENING. MATCHMAKER HARRY HARRIS WOULDN'T LET GEORGE STOTSY GO ON WITH JOE RALSTON , WHO WAS POUND HEAVIER. THE CONSENSUS OF OPINION WAS THAT IT WAS JUST AS WELL.