My Grandfather - Diamond Milton Smith
My Grandfather, Diamond Milton Smith’s destiny was to be a skilled auto mechanic - a trade he worked at his entire life. He was born on the 28th of March, 1910 in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois to Robert Calvin and Verna Ann (Merritt) Smith. His father, Robert (Bob), owned and ran, for a number of years, one of the first auto mechanic shops in Mt. Vernon. My grandfather, as well as several of his brothers, worked with their father and learned their trade in the early beginnings of the automobile business.
I just love this old picture (circa 1920) of my grandfather as a young boy posing in front of an early car. In the 1960's, he and my grandmother, Doris, moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL where he continued his trade at Slaton Chevrolet on Federal Highway until his retirement in the mid 1970's. About 1975 they moved back to their hometown in Mt. Vernon, Illinois where he died on 11 Aug 1997.