Smith Family Movie Album

Not all the historic documents are old newspaper clippings. Here some old home movies.

Most were taken by Maxine L Smith (was Keller) in the silent 8mm and later super-8mm formats. Maxine kept good records of the scenes and of the people in them. Lincoln D. Smith, Kirby J. Smith and Brian R. Smith can be heard reading these notes and, yes, adding additional comments about the scenes as they fly past. Editor's note: Often the audio commentary will still be talking about the previous scene when the current clip starts or still be talking when the next scene starts. Enjoy!

Editor's note: I have placed these videos on You Tube where you can find all of them at the ChristmasWhistler channel.

Date (range) Title Additional description Thumbnail
1950 circa Keweenaw's Birch Point Fishery documentary At the time when Oliver H. Smith, Evelyn C. Smith and Hope Huwatcheck (was Smith) ran the Smith Bros. Fisheries a new operation was being set up in the upper pennisula of Michigan near Lac la Belle on the southern shore of the Keweenaw pennisula (due south of Copper Harbor). This silent documentary was produced to show the labors involved in a pound net operation with some leisure time snuck in for good measure! Forward from Ned L. Huwatschek.

Length: 21 min 06 sec. Source: Kirby Smith collection
1955 The Fisherman's Boy An instructional video made by the Coronet company to be distributed to classrooms across the country in 16mm movie format (with sound)! This movie features Oliver H. Smith as "Mr. Brown" who teaches little Danny how to be a *real* fisherman so he can join his Father Richard Nagrocki on the Oliver H Smith fishing tug.

If you grew up in Port Washington Wisconsin in the 1960s and 1970s you probably have seen this movie down at Smith Bros. if you took a tour of the restaurant hosted by Lincoln D. Smith.

Length: 10 min 47 sec. Source: Kirby Smith collection
1963 Easter Smith Family Easter reunion at Smith Bros. Fish Shanty The Smith Family gets together for Easter in 1963. Where? Well, the Smith Bros. Fish Shanty restaurant in Port Washington, Wisconsin, of course! This clip includes a great pan of many of the "cousins".

The backdrop for this scene is the black and white photo of the tug Oliver H. Smith coming back to port being followed by a "swarm of air rats" (seagulls) looking for a free lunch. If I am not mistaken this is the same photo that was used in the Milwaukee Journal's article entitled Boatloads of Chubs Head for Dinner Table.

Length: 56 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1963 Easter Smith Family reunion movie clip; Size: 4.8 MBytes. Length: 56 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies
1963 Summer Indian Village, California Here are exterior and interior movies of the Smith Bros. Indian Village restaurant in California.

Length: 2 min 32 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1963 Summer; Here are exterior and interior movies of the Smith Bros. Indian Village restaurant in California;  Size: 6.6 MBytes. Length: 2 min 32 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies
1964 August 22 The aftermath of Port Washington's tornado On Aug 22nd, 1964, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado tore through Port Washington injuring 30 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages. Luckily, nobody was killed.

Length: 4 min 32 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1964 Aug The aftermath of Port Washington's tornado movie clip; Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies
1965 July Port Washington's Fish day parade Maybe one of the first of Port Washington's Fish Day parades. See magnificant floats, clowns, marching bands and even a Go Go dancer! Doug Smith has a great origins of Fish Day article. Bonus: Lincoln Smith taking Brian Smith for a sail boat ride in/out of the Port harbor amoungst fishing tugs.

Length: 2 min 21 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1965 Jul Port Washington's Fish day parade movie clip; Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies
1965 Nov Smith Bros. Fisheries in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - Keweenaw Point See Oliver H. Smith in action fishing with the Bert S. at the Smith Bros. Fisheries in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - Keweenaw Point. Features Lincoln and Maxine Smith and Earl (Birthday!) and Hope Huwatschek families.

Length: 3 min 49 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1965 Nov Smith Bros. Fisheries in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - Keweenaw Point movie clip; Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies
1965 Dec Smith Family Christmas reunion at Port's Fish Shanty Restaurant Every Christmas the Smith and related families would get together for a dinner at the Port Washington Fish Shanty Restaurant. This Christmas was no exception!

Length: 1 min 00 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1965 Dec Smith Family Christmas reunion at Port's Fish Shanty Restauran movie clip; Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies
1966 Aug Launching of the Delos Smith II hull to be sold The Delos Smith fish tug had a fire and exploded in the Sheboygan, Wisconsin, harbor in 1963 or 1964. The hull was dry docked in Port Washington and later sold in 1966 to a man that was going to use it down in Illinois. Dan Smith provides some extra of the history of the Delos Smith II.

Length: 2 min 34 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1966 Aug Launching of the Delos Smith II hull to be sold movie clip; Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies
1967 May Maiden voyage of yacht "Ollie" from New York to Port This is the well documented maiden voyage of the "Ollie" - a new yacht purchased by Captain Oliver Smith in 1967. The Ollie was delivered to New York city and steamed all the way to Port. The crew members were Lincoln Smith (and his detailed log) and Ned Huawatschek. Sag wagon was Maxine Smith and Hope Huwatschek. Includes the Christening in Port Washington, Wisconsin by Victoria (Tori) Smith (now Klopp).

Length: 12 min 48 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1967 May Maiden voyage of yacht "Ollie" from New York to Port movie clip; Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies
1967 Jul Fire destroys the Ollie, Oliver Smith's new yacht Later that summer in 1967, while Smith Bros. was having a picnic for all their employees in the upper Lake Park in Port, a fire started on the Ollie. Arson was suspected but the culprit never found.

Length: 35 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1967 Jul Fire destroys the Ollie, Oliver Smith's new yacht movie clip; Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies
1968 Feb Evelyn C. Smith's Birthday Party Back to Smith Bros. Fish Shanty restaurant for a birthday party for Evelyn C. Smith. Round up the usual suspects!

Length: 1 Min 29 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1968 Feb-Evelyn C. Smith's Birthday Party movie clip; Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies
1968 Jun Smith-Wassink reunions. Bonus: summer trip on the Ollie II with Lincoln and Dan Smith families Visit with the Smith-Wassink reunion held at Evelyn Smith's cottage on Lake Michigan. Bonus: summer trip on the Ollie II with Lincoln and Dan Smith families.

Length: 2 Min 45 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1968 Jun- Smith-Wassink reunions. Bonus: summer trip on the Ollie II with Lincoln and Dan Smith families movie clip; Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies
1969 Jul Port Washington Fish Day Parade - featuring the Roy K. Smith The Smith Bros. float this year is the Roy K. Smith fish tug.

I kept the footage of the first American moon landing at the start of this clip. Grainy movie of the grainy TV. But, it was an awesome time in history!

Length: 2 Min 7 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1968 Jul- Port Washington Fish Day Parade - featuring the Roy K. Smith movie clip; Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies
1970 Jan Sherry Haack and Ken Bouma wedding Lincoln and Maxine (was Keller) Smith fly to Los Angeles California for the wedding of Sherry Haack and Ken Bouma.

Length: 5 Min 46 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1973 Jan Smith Family reunion at the Port Fish Shanty Virginia Haack (was Smith) and Alan and Birdie Smith visit from California. So, what do the Smith's do? Have a lobster meal down at Smith Bros. Fish Shanty restaurant. That is Oliver H. Smith wearing the bib (right).

Length: 3 Min 5 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1973 Sep Oliver H. Smith steaming into West slip; Footings of the Harborside hotel The Oliver H. Smith fishing tug is seen steaming into Port Washington, Wisconsin's West slip to eventually moor on the south side to offload its cargo of fish. Dana D. Smith was a crew member at this time. The camera woman (Maxine Smith (was Keller)) swings around to the north and films the foundation works for what shall become the Harborside Best Western motel and continues onto the Fish Shanty Restaurant.

Length: 1 Min 32 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1977 Jul TV newsclip about the proposed Port Washington sign ordinance The city of Port Washington, Wisconsin wants to adopt a sign ordinance that, for one thing, would cause such historic signs as the "Smith Bros Fish" shanty on thw West Slip to be outlawed. Lincoln Smith argues for a grandfather clause to allow these historic signs to remain - and wins!

Length: 1 Min 29 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.
1977 Aug Earl and Hope Huwatschek celebrate 40th wedding anniversary Earl and Hope Huwatschek (Hope was Smith) celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary at a surprise party at Lenys and Kent's home in Mequon, Wisconsin with co-hosts Ned and Anne Huwatschek. Wonderful shots of both "sides" of the family.
1979 Dec Smith and Huwatschek kids goofing off in front of the camera Smith and Huwatschek kids having a good time down at the Smith Bros. Fish Shanty restaurant at the Christmas party there.

Length: 55 sec. Source: Lincoln and Maxine Smith home movies.

Supporting stories for the movies

These are additional stories related to the old movie clips above. Enjoy!
Launching of the Delos Smith II hull to be sold
Daniel Smith comments
Minor corrections and of further of interest. The fish tug Delos H. Smith (length 55 feet, width 14 feet), was built by Northwestern Boiler Works, Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1945 (not Kewaunee). After the explosion and fire at the dock in Sheboygan, she did make a visit to Jones Island which was by then a major shipping and repair place. The Milwaukee harbor director and Oliver Smith were freinds, and arranged a spot on the Island were the hull could be stored at little or no rent. Heavy haul out equipment was also available there. No further action regarding the tug was necessary for several years. Then a change of the Milwaukee. Port Admininstration increased the storage rent a bunch of dollars - so the hull was then towed to the end of the West slip in Port Washington, Wisconsin where it was lifted and stored for several on the "Van Ells" land which we then owned.

The movie of Lincoln's shows some of the difficulty in launching. They succeeded, and it floats! As I remember, the buyer had a plan to build a trawling vessel for use on Lake Michigan and at that point in time the various government agencies (local, state, federal) were paying fisherman to get rid of the worthless invader, the alewife, whose major fault was that most died and drifted on to the beaches and marinas. Nasty! Even seagulls were not intersested in helping with the problem.

What follows is a first hand account of the event as I was there.

When tug Delos II had been towed to Port Washington (probably her first visit there) by Capt. Nagrocki and crew it was to be hauled out by a large mobile crane which was hired out of Milwaukee. The crane arrived as scheduled and set up in place with outrigger pads (stabilizers). The hull was positioned under the the harness in the water and the lifting started. At the time it was in motion, swinging over the steel harbor wall, the earth under the crane outrigger collapsed (sinkhole, not uncommon around dock areas). The crane operater, saving his crane, (and an under water experience), dropped the boat. The keel hit the steel seawall and the bow hit the water. The boat was still afloat and the crane then readjusted its setting, and the successfully landed and stored. Where Lincoln's movie picks up on the rest of the story.

The Delos II never sunk and never earned a working profit. But, gave we historians (we old f-rts) something to remember.

P.S. The keel drop unto the steel sheetwall caused a 3 inch split in the steel wall. It is still there today, I saw it in August, 2009. No damage to our Delos II - it had been through enough misery.
Birch Pointe Fishery documentary
Lincoln D. Smith comments
The couple in the movie, while "trolling" for Lake Trout, is probably Dr. and Mrs. Heise (sp?), friends of Evelyn C. Smith's (Aunty A) from Milwaukee Wisconsin whom she invited up there one weekend. The Doctor was a dermatologist, I believe.

On a different, but, interesting story about being at the Birch Pointe fishery, one time when your mother, Maxine and I were there, by ourselves I guess, on a Saturday evening when all of he hired hands were in town, getting drunk or something, a violent storm came up and sent big waves into the poorly protected little harbor. I went down to the dock and discovered that one of our tugs had broken loose from her lines and was smashing up against the dock. Maxine and I took the boats lines and hauled her around the corner of the fish house and pulled her bow onto the shore, where she rode out the storm in relative safety. The next day I explained to the crew what had happened (and later told my Dad, Oliver, the same story). I suppose that he gave the crew hell for their carelessness!