She had a younger brother, William, and a younger sister, Regina. As a child she made great use of the then-new public library on nearby Leonard Street. Smith attended PS 49 through fourth grade before transferring to PS 18 and then finally PS 23 in Greenpoint. Smith became an active member of a social service center on Jackson street called the School Settlement Association, and it was likely the tree grows in brooklyn pdf rather than her apartment that the tree grew which gave name to her book.
It was there that she met her husband, the coach of her debate team, George H. Smith, a fellow German-American whose family name had been changed during WWI from Schmidt. At this time, she gave birth to two girls and waited until they were in school so she could complete her higher education. Although Smith had not finished high school, the university allowed her to enroll in classes. Fellowship for her work in drama. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”. School Settlement Is a Haven for All: Myriad Activities Enjoyed by Those Attending House Mentioned in ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn'” by Ruth G.