Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Clyde Smith, Professional Athlete


The Clyde Smith Manor on Jefferson Street in Lawrenceville is named for long time Lawrence County resident, Clyde W. Smith.  But other than a man serving Lawrence County in various positions, who was Clyde Smith?

He was born in 1904 in Steelville, MO to Henry W. and Perrigue Smith. After becoming a first-rate center on his high school, he was recruited to play football at the University of Missouri.  There he became a team leader and was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team.  Some news records also state he was named to the All-American team.

Smith led the team in their post-season game against the University of Southern California Trojans in 1924.

After graduating, Smith played three years of professional football with the Kansas City Cowboys, the Cleveland Bulldogs, and the 1928 National Football League Champion team in Providence, RI.  His brothers, Glenn and Raymond, continued the family tradition of being Center on the University of Missouri.

Clyde Smith came to Lawrence County, IL, as football coach for the Bridgeport Bulldogs, a post which he held for a few years.  He married Evlyn Neal, whose family owned Lawrenceville Greenhouses.  Smith was Chairman of the Lawrence County Housing Authority and also served on the Lawrence County Fair Board.  Clyde never missed local football and basketball games in Lawrence County.

He died in 1982 and is buried in the Lawrenceville City Cemetery.  He was one of only a few professional athletes to have lived in Lawrence County.

Ed Note:  Thanks to D Sherer for the above.

The Society will once again be offering fresh evergreen “Berries and Boughs” swags for home decorating needs for the holidays. Made locally by Society members, these fresh boughs of local pine and cedar are accented with bunches of fresh holly berries.  A large all-weather red velvet bow adds the finishing touch.  Approximate size is 24 inches long by 18 inches wide.  The cost is $15.00 each.  

They will be available December 6, 2019.
Orders can be made now by calling 908-208-2372 or 618-240-2021 or personally at the History Center on Mondays 10am-3pm and at the Research Library on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings 9-12.  

Call and get your order in NOW.