O.K. Smith was the son of a Kansas farmer. He joined the armed forces during World War I and became a trainer of biplane pilots in France during the war. After the war, he married Reve Brewer and in 1922 bought his father-in-law’s business, Brewer Sewing Supplies Co., and moved it to Chicago. He was a meticulous businessman and became well-known in the industry by publishing extensive parts and supply catalogs. These catalogs soon became known as the “bibles” of the industry, and are now collected world-wide. Mr. Smith served as president of the National Association of Sewing Machine Dealers and was known throughout the entire industry. His close relationship with all of the United States manufacturers of machines allowed him to supply virtually every necessary part for all machines available at that time. Mr. Smith retired in 1970 after more than 50 years in the business and moved to California where he passed away in 1982 at the age of 92. He truly enjoyed being a part of the golden era of home sewing. He was a true pioneer in the sewing machine parts business.
1994 Vacuum & Sewing Hall of Fame Inductee