MARKING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF MR. RUDOLF SMITH JUNE 12, 2009; Congressional Record Vol. 155, No. 87
(Extensions of Remarks - June 11, 2009)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                         HON. G. K. BUTTERFIELD

                           of north carolina

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, June 11, 2009

  Mr. BUTTERFIELD. Madam Speaker, on June 12, 2009 Nash County, North 
Carolina native and resident Mr. Rudolf Smith will be celebrating his 
100th birthday. To mark this milestone, family and friends will be 
gathering for a party in his honor.
  Mr. Smith was born on June 12, 1909, to sharecroppers, Mr. Willis 
Smith II and Mrs. Willie M. Smith on Joe Ellison's farm near Dortches 
in Nash County, North Carolina. He was kept home from school after the 
fourth grade because he was needed to work the crops.
  Working six and a half days a week, Mr. Smith was barely tall enough 
to keep the plow in the field when he started farming.
  Mr. Smith was married to Patty Alston in 1933. Together, they had six 
  Currently, he resides at Knight's Family Care Homes where he enjoys 
reminiscing about his past, walking, and eating anything he wants. He 
lives a healthy and fulfilled life.
  Madam Speaker, I respectfully ask that you and my other distinguished 
colleagues join me in wishing Mr. Smith a very happy 100th birthday.