482. Thomas Gorby6 Stallsmith (Julia Ann5 Gorby, Jonathon4, Joseph3, Joseph2, Samuel1) was born in Randolph, Portage Co, OH. February 7, 1862.

He married Bessie Luyster Welton in Jackson, MI., April 23, 1890. Bessie was born November 20, 1869.

Thomas resided :. In 1936, 638 Bradford St, Pasadena, CA. (1936) Thomas Gorby Stallsmith is the only living child of David Hoover and Julia Ann (Gorby) Stallsmith.

He received a common school education at Randolph, OH. For many years he was in the farm implement business in South America, from which business he retired in 1913.

In March, 1913, he was appointed director of agriculture. food products, and forestry for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. While with this position he was appointed by the Department of State as a foreign commissioner, with plenipotentiary powers, to secure from foreign countries participation in the Exposition.

With his wife and son Welton he visited Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Java, Sumatra, Siam, the Straits Settlements, Federated Malay States, and the Philippine Islands. While on this trip they were wrecked on the Torres Straits, on the rocks for five days and nights, finally being pulled off by a Japanese freighter and landed on Thursday Island - a part of Australia.

They returned over the Trans-Siberian Railway through Siberia and Russia, being eleven days and nights on the same train to Petrograd, now Leningrad (old St Petersburg).

In Europe they visited Antwerp, Brussels, Berlin, Paris and London, reaching home in July before the war broke out in August of 1914. He at once assumed his duties at the Exposition.

Mr Stallsmith is the proud possessor of three beautiful decorations given him by China, Japan and Siam.

With his family he is now living in Pasadena, CA, and is greatly interested in the Gorby history, and has been of great assistance in furnishing data for the Stallsmith branch of the family.

Thomas Gorby Stallsmith and Bessie Luyster Welton had the following child:

child + 1468 i. Welton7 Stallsmith was born February 23, 1893.

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