Gazlay Family History

FamilyDr. Howard McGaw Smyth


FatherSidney Smyth (August 1862 - 26 February 1934)
MotherRebecca Irwin ‘Bessie’ McGaw (13 November 1860 - 26 January 1946)

Personal Information

Record Created: 3 April 2016; Last Edited: 3 April 2016 
NameHoward McGaw Smyth
Born 6 July 1901 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Married 1935 to Hertha ‘Oma’ Kainrath1, 7
Died 15 November 19752


Spouse 1FamilyHertha ‘Oma’ Kainrath
Born 28 June 1911 in Zloczov, Galicia, Austria-Hungary
Married 1935 to Dr. Howard McGaw Smyth
Died 22 August 2014 in Bethany Beach, Sussex County, Delaware
Children of Dr. Howard McGaw Smyth and Hertha ‘Oma’ Kainrath:
1.FamilyWalter L. Smyth
Born ca. 1938 in California
2.FamilyHoward E. Smyth
Born ca. June 1939 in California
3.FamilyAnna Lee Smyth
Born 23 October 1944


  1. Passenger List, S.S. Konigstein, sailing from Antwerp, 19 August 1935, arriving at Port of New York, 31 August 1935, Smyth, Howard McGaw, 34, born:6 August 1901 in Portland, Oregon; Smyth, Hertha (Howard), 24, born: Zloczov, Poland; last permanent residence: Vienna, Austria; mother: Maria Kainrath.
  2. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Howard M. Smyth, born: 6 July 1901; died: 15 November 1975; last place of residence: Bethany Beach, Sussex [County], Delaware.
  3. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland City, Enumeration District 217, Sheet No. 3A, family of Sidney Smyth (48, Canada, civil engineer); wife of 20 years Bessie Smyth (49, Illinois, 5 children, 5 living); son Edward G___ Smyth (19, Oregon); son Sidney Hugh Smyth (17, Oregon); son Francis Scott Smyth (14, Oregon); son Howard McGaw Smyth (9, Oregon); daughter Anna-Lee Smyth (6, Oregon).
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland City, Enumeration District 135, Sheet No. 10B, family of Sidney Smyth (55, Canada, civil engineer); wife Bessie M. Smyth (57, Illinois); son Francis S. Smyth (24, Oregon); son Howard M. Smyth (18, Oregon); daughter Anna Lee Smyth (16, Oregon); father-in-law James A. McGaw (84, Ohio).
  5. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland City, Enumeration District 26-392, Sheet Nos. 2A, family of Sidney Smyth (65, New Hampshire [sic], civil engineer, first married age 25); wife Bessie M. Smyth (69, Illinois, first married age 29); son Howard M. Smyth (28, Oregon); roomer Ben Segesman (27, California, salesman, food stuff).
  6. U.S. Federal Census, 1940, California, Contra Costa County, Judicial Township 7, Enumeration District 7-42, Sheet No. 5A, family of Howard M. Smyth (38, Oregon, history teacher, university); wife Hertha A. Smyth (28, Austria); son Walter L. Smyth (2, California); son Howard E. Smyth (10/12, California).
  7. Obituary, Melson Funeral Services (website:, Heather Kainrath Smyth, born: 28 June 1911 in the Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia; died: 22 August 2014 in Bethany Beach, Delaware. The article provides vital and biographical details and the names of her husband, father, brother, and three children.