When Smalley was asked about a historical event he remembered, a family member reminded him of the Great Depression.
That then prompted him to reminisce on how his family had a farm where they raised crops and livestock.
This hard work paid off because it made surviving a little easier on them than the average family. He is the youngest of five siblings: Tony, Joe, Clara, Annie, and Mike.
Family and friends gathered for a birthday celebration in honor of Smalley in Radom earlier this month.