“Upon the world he made his mark, and
him we learn how not to be one.”
Soapy Smith Preservation Trust is a sanctioned voice for the Smith
family* regarding Jefferson Randolph "Soapy"
Smith. The website, Friends of Bad Man Soapy Smith, is a subsidiary and the official
mouthpiece of the foundation, whose main purpose is for the distribution of information in regards to Soapy Smith.
The family established the Soapy
Smith Preservation Trust to:
- Represent the descendants viewpoint
- Preserve and disseminate the factual history
- Correct misinformation
and curtail intentional fabrications
History The Trust was originally
formed in 1985 under the name, the Soapy Smith Collection, whose membership consisted of family members who had inherited
the main portions of the family artifacts and documents. In June 2006 it was expanded and renamed to accommodate all
members of the Smith family with an interest in the history of the entire bloodline.
Why a Trust?
It is very
likely Soapy Smith kept most, if not all, of his correspondences, personal, business documents and letters. These have been
preserved by members of the Smith family. Inclusive, the family has invested over one hundred years in researching and investigating
the life of this infamous bad man. Being the primary and foremost source of information we therefore feel we should be recognized
in the historical community as the leading voice on the factual events of Soapy Smith's life.
Geri Murphy, Vice President
Ellen Rafeedie, Family History Director
Erik Andersen, Family History Vice Director
Jeanie Shaftner, Newnan,
Georgia Family Site Curator
“Grub” Culligan, Historical Weapons Analyst
James Smith, Senior Manager
Mildred "Bunny" Godard
Members who have supported
this site financially
(in alphabetical order)
Tad Brunton, g-grandson of Soapy
Jim Caraway, g-grandson of Soapy
Jay Hartzell, g-g-grandson of Soapy
Ellen Rafeedie, cousin
twice removed of Soapy
*The Trust does not claim to represent 100% of the Smith family
"If there's a skeleton in your
you might as well make it dance."
Become a member of The
Friends of Soapy Smith and receive up-to-date information on history and modern events as they pertain to Soapy and
the rest of the Smith family. This is all by email. You don't need to be a family member; just interested in Soapy Smith's
history. Best of all it's FREE! In fact, if you join today we will give you the one dollar bill below!
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A list of things to do
and wish for
1.) Start maintenance
of the Soapy Smith Skull Memorial on the hillside by the Skagway wharf, erected in 1920.
2.) Start a fund drive for maintenance of the Soapy grave site and to replace
the fence surrounding it.
DNA testing on Soapy's lock of hair on display at the Alaska State museum in Juneau.
4.) DNA on blood taken from the
ascot/tie worn by Soapy the night of the shooting (July 8 1898). On display in the city museum, Skagway,
5.) Have a marker placed on the grave of Jefferson Randolph Smith III.