Vivian Snook Smedal was born in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, on March 3, 1908, to William Floyd and Adella May (Sisler) Snook. Vivian had one older sister, Mary Neta, and a brother, William Benjamin, who died at age three.
Papa, mama, Neta and Vivian in the side yard
Neta and Vivian driving Neta's pony and buggy
Vivian astride Neta's pony, Dewey, in the front yard at Mt. Carroll
Vivian and Louis Hunter Judisch are pictured
at 224 East 7th Street
in Ames during the winter of 1915.
When Vivian was five, in 1913, the Snook family moved to Ames and initially lived at 623 Crawford Avenue. This was the first of three homes which William Floyd (Papa) Snook built for his family in that community. In just a few years, the family moved into the second home, located at 224 East 7th Street.
Vivian is pictured with her older sister, Neta Snook, and their mother, Adella May Snook. They are standing in front of Neta's plane which is parked near Squaw Creek just south of the Lincoln Highway in Ames, Iowa.