Lura Case Smith arrived in California in 1853, joining her husband Jesse R. Smith, who, in 1851, had left their home on Long
Island, New York, to engage in mining in California. The family settled in San Francisco where Jesse worked as a contractor
until 1855, when they moved to Vallejo, California, where he worked at the U.S. Naval Shipyard at Mare Island. They returned
to San Francisco six months later and lived there, where Jesse was employed in the lumber business until 1867.
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