Caswell County Genealogy
 

Smith, Herman Paul

Male 1922 - 1990  (67 years)


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  • Name Smith, Herman Paul  [1
    Born 13 Aug 1922  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military World War II (TEC 4 US Army) 
    Reference Number 6752 
    Died 25 Jun 1990  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Blanch Baptist Church, Blanch, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6652  Caswell County
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2022 

    Father Smith, Herman Alonzo,   b. 23 Oct 1894, Hightowers Township, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1950, Prospect Hill, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Allen, Katherine,   b. 29 Jun 1893, Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1960  (Age 67 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 13 Apr 1918  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Reference Number 48035 
    Family ID F3550  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Shotwell, Mary Sue,   b. 9 Jun 1924, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1995, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Reference Number 48071 
    Children 
     1. Living
    +2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F3555  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Jun 1990 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Blanch Baptist Church, Blanch, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    The Caswell Messenger 8 September 2021
    Moonshine

  • Notes 
    • Herman Paul Smith (1922-1990)

      Herman Paul Smith (1922-1990)

      Jerry Cooper and Paul Smith0001

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      Second photogarph: Jerry Parks Cooper and Herman Paul Smith. "What I remember most about this photo and the occasion, is that Paul and I were in coats and ties because we had a case for trial in court, and even after we had testified, the D.A. would not let us leave until it was completed. While the trial was proceeding, an informant began tailing the truck from a stash in Franklin County VA. It was loaded with 250 gallons of moonshine. This was in the days before common cell phone usage. So, every time the truck would stop to unload some of the product, the informant would run to a pay phone and call the Clerk of Court's office, where someone would come into the courtroom to tell me where the truck was last seen. This went on for hours. We were released from court just as the truck entered NC. By the time we caught up with the truck, the driver had unloaded all but 26 gallons." Source: Jerry Parks Cooper 11 July 2014 Email Message.
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      Herman Paul Smith (1922-1990) was a Caswell County Alcoholic Beverage Control officer. It appears that these ABC officers were paid from tax receipts collected by the ABC stores in the county, which also provided funds to county schools and to the general county fund. Caswell County was "dry" until 1953.
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      Herman Paul Smith who became the Caswell County Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Officer, once told me his father actually died while conducting surveillance of a moonshine still. Source: Jerry Parks Cooper 18 September 2018 comment to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.

      You are correct Jerry, Herman is my grandfather and I’ve been told of that fatal day by my dad Billy Smith. He said that he would chase bootleggers on foot by night and scout out for stills by day. Source: Tony Smith 18 Septemberer 2018 comment to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.
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      I remember when I was working with the Sheriff's Department and Keith McKinney and Paul Smith were disposing of some of there find and I was standing close to them and they both told me not to get too close, it was a good way to get high. Loved working with the Sheriff's Department. Best job ever. Source: Judy Shelton Williamson October 31, 2018 Post to Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.
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      See: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 85 (Article #11 "William J. Allen Family").

      North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000
      Name: Herman Paul Smith
      Date of Birth: 13 Aug 1922
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Birth County: Catawba [Caswell]
      Parent1 Name: Herman Alonye [Alonzo] Smith
      Parent2 Name: Katherine Coleman Smith
      Roll Number: B_C021_68003
      Volume: 4
      Page: 156

      World War II Service Record
      Name: Herman Paul Smith
      Date of Entrance in Service: October 15, 1942
      Branch of Service: 962nd Engineer Maintenance Company
      Training Stations: Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Atlanta Ordnance Base, Atlanta, Georgia; Camp Swift, Texas
      Parents' Name: Mr. & Mrs. H. A. Smith
      Date of Embarkation: December 2, 1943
      Theater of Operations: European, England, France, Belgium, Germany
      Medals Earned: Good Conduct, Five Battle Stars
      Date Returned to United States: November 15, 1945
      Discharged: Fort Bragg, North Carolina, November 18, 1945
      Rank: Technician, Fourth Grade
      Time Served: Thirty-seven months
      Present Occupation: Mechanic

      Source: Service Record Book of Men and Women of Yanceyville, N.C., and Community, Sponsored by the V.F.W. Post No. 7316 (1947-1949).

      North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-2004
      Name: Herman Paul Smith
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Marital Status: Married
      Social Security Number: 226247253
      Father's Last Name: Smith
      Age: 67
      Date of Birth: 13 Aug 1922
      Birth Location: North Carolina
      Birth State: North Carolina
      Residence County: Caswell
      Residence State: North Carolina
      Date of Death: 25 Jun 1990
      Death County: Caswell
      Death State: North Carolina
      Autopsy: No
      Institution: Home
      Attendant: Medical Examiner
      Burial Location: Burial in state
      Source Vendor: NC Department of Health. North Carolina Deaths, 1988-92

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Gravestone at Blanch Baptist Church (Blanch, Caswell County, North Carolina).

    2. Details: Anderson, George A., Compiler. Caswell County in the World War, 1917-1918: Service Records of Caswell County Men. Raleigh (North Carolina): Edwards & Broughton Printing Co., 1921.