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The E. Oren Smith Collection (MC 138)

Biographical Information
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Box and Folder List

Biographical Information

Ernest Oren Smith was born in Dawson, Georgia on August 19, 1892, but he spent most of his life in Columbus, Georgia. There he attended Rose Hill Elementary School, Columbus High School, and Columbus Industrial School. In 1915 he graduated from Georgia Tech as a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity with a degree in Architecture. He volunteered for the first Officer's Training Camp in Fort McPherson, Georgia in 1917, but was honorably discharged two years later because of illness. Upon returning to Columbus he entered into his father's architectural firm. Mr. Smith remained there until after the death of his father, when he opened his own firm. In 1925, he married his first wife, Jennie Louise Parrish and they had one daughter,Jennie Louise Smith; Jennie Louise Parrish Smith died on January 1, 1930. Fourteen years later he married Dorothy Pekor.

Mr. Smith specialized in industrial architecture, as can be observed in some of the buildings he has designed; Wells Flav-o-rich Dairies, Royal Crown Cola Co., Hardaway High School, Spencer High School The Ledger Enquirer Building and the Downtown Postoffice, .just to name a few. He retired in 1960, but kept busy until his death on March 8, 1981.

Walker, Louise Smith. "Persons of Interest Buried in Linwood Cemetery." Biography Vertical File: Smith, E. Oren. Columbus State University Archives.

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the E. Oren Smith Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

E. Oren Smith Collection, MC 138
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia

Box and Folder List

Box 1


  • 1 Baker High School Dedication Program.
  • 2 Biography-- E. Oren Smith.
  • 3 Correspondence 1939.
  • 4 Correspondence 1968.
  • 5 The Dixie Contractor 1951.
  • 6 Industrial Index Articles 1946.
  • 7 Industrial Index Article 1962.
  • 8 Meeting of Columbus Rotary Club 1949.
  • 9 Newspaper Clippings-City Government.
  • 10 Newspaper Clippings-E. Oren Smith.
  • 11 Newspaper: The Daily Enquirer-July 16, 1890.
  • 12 Newspaper: The Columbus Enquirer-July 4, 1934.
  • 13 Newspaper: The Ledger-Enquirer-1936.
  • 14 Newspaper: The Columbus Ledger-1952.
  • 15 Newspaper: The Columbus Enquirer-1957.
  • 16 Newspaper: The Ledger-Enquirer-1963.
  • 17 Newspaper: Fourth Senior High School-1965.
  • 18 Newspaper: The Ledger-Enquirer-1965.
  • 19 Newspaper: The Ledger-Enquirer-1966.
  • 20 Newspaper: Housing Authority Report-1968.
  • 21 Newspaper: The Ledger-Enquirer-1968.
  • 22 Newspaper: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution-1968.
  • 23 Newspaper: The Columbus Enquirer-1981.
  • 24 Newspaper: The Ledger-Enquirer-1982.
  • 25 Newspaper: The Columbus Enquirer-1983.
  • 26 Notes: E. Oren Smith.
  • 27 Photograph of House Designed by E. Oren Smith.
  • 28 Pictures of molding.
  • 29 Receipts.
  • 30 Scenes from "The Magistrate".
  • 31 Yearbook: The Blue Print-1914.
  • 32 Yearbook: The Blue Print-1915.
  • 33 Yearbook: The Cohiscan-1917.

Processed by Rebecca Jeffords on October 15, 2004