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Smoot’s dredging machine

July 20, 2010
Smoot's dredging machine

Beulah Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia

Bryant A, son of William & Julia Lyles. Born May 8, 1898. Killed on Smoot’s Dredging Machine Sept (??), 1917.

There’s a local lumber company called Smoot’s, and that isn’t exactly a a super-common name, so I’m pretty sure this will have been the same Smoot.  As far as a dredging machine goes… well, I suppose it’s some sort of machine that’s used to drag along the bottom of a body of water… not entirely sure what that would have to do with lumber. Unless we’re talking about Swamp Loggers on the Discovery Channel!

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